Happy 50th Anniversary Porche 911
By Maddy Price
Monday, October 19, 2015 - 10:08
-Two very rare 911s built by UK-based Porsche Centres to celebrate the 911’s 50th anniversary will be sold at auction next week
-1981 911 ‘930’ Turbo restored in six months by the Porsche Classic Restoration Centre in Leeds will go under the hammer with an estimate of £100,000 – £115,000
-1977 911 ‘Project 50’ based on ‘ultimate 911 RS’ by Porsche Central Operations in Reading features 993 engine, 930 brakes and rebuilt to a stunning standard; it is estimated to sell for £125,000 – £150,000
-Silverstone Auctions’ inaugural Porsche Sale with Porsche Club GB will be held at Silverstone Circuit on Sunday 25 October
Two rare Porsche-built air-cooled 911s manufactured to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 911 in 2014 will head to Silverstone Auctions’ inaugural Porsche Sale next week at Silverstone Circuit with partners Porsche Club GB. Both cars represent a unique opportunity to buy one-off classic 911s never before seen on the open market.
Finished in iconic exterior/interior specification, the Guards Red and Black 911 ‘930’ Turbo was restored in just six months by the now recognised ‘Porsche Classic Restoration Centre’ to an exceptional standard by Porsche Centre Leeds.
The car, which was found in a garage not far away from the dealership, is thought to have been left there for more than 15 years before the extensive restoration took place. Porsche Centre Leeds chemically stripped and blasted the body’s shell and repainted it in its original colour of Guards Red, which looks stunning today.
Retaining its matching-number status, the engine and brakes were rebuilt, retaining many of the original parts along the way, and a replacement Turbocharger fitted. With such a labour-intensive and rigorous restoration, the car will be sold with a guide price of £100,000 – £115,000.
Joining the recently restored 911 ‘930’ Turbo is a one-of-one 1977 ‘Project 50’. The car, which was originally a 1977 911 Lux left in a Porsche Centre garage for many years, was converted by Porsche Central Operations as a ‘911 RS’. The aim of the project was to build a car that reflected the very best of 50 years of 911 development and evolution as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the 911 in 2014.
Painted in iconic Viper Green paint, the car is as striking to look at as it is to drive. The 993 development engine supplied from the Porsche Technical Department powers the car and rebuilt gearbox and drivetrain components ensure the smooth delivery of the air-cooled power unit. Stopping the car are ‘G-Series’ 930 front brakes and 3.2-litre Carrera brakes on the rear.
The bespoke ‘Project 50’ 911 has been built by the very finest Porsche Technicians and the number of man-hours took to create the car cannot be calculated. It will be sold at the first-ever Porsche Sale by Silverstone Auctions and is guided at £125,000 – £150,000 – approximately half what it would have cost to build privately.
The Porsche Sale, which is presented by Silverstone Auctions and Porsche Club GB, will take place at Silverstone Circuit on Sunday 25 October from 10:30 onwards. Lots will be available to view all day on Saturday 24 and from 09:00 on Sunday 25 October. The e-catalogue is available to be downloaded here:issuu.com/carolinesmithdesign/docs/sa_porsche_sale_2015_catalogue/1
Silverstone Auctions will also be exhibiting at Classic & Sports Car – The London Show, held at Alexandra Palace from 30 October – 1 November as auctioneers for the silent auction. The auction house will be exhibiting two cars on their stand, as well as offering on-site valuations to show visitors.
Meanwhile, Silverstone Auctions’ biggest-ever sale of the year, The NEC Classic Motor Show Sale is now open for consignments. To discuss individual automotive auction requirements with the specialist team, either call 01926 691 141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the full list of lots in The Porsche Sale, please visit: www.silverstoneauctions.com/the-porsche-sale-2015/view_lots/pn/all
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