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Published: 11:14 EDT, 7 October 2016 | Updated: 05:40 EDT, 10 October 2016
If you have a penchant for Porsches then this upcoming auction will send you into a frenzy of air-cooled, Targa-topped, flat-six celebration.
It's the Porsche Club Great Britain's sale taking place on October 15, at the Silverstone race circuit in Northamptonshire, and it features some of the most collectible cars the German brand has ever created.
As a preview to the event, here's a whistle-stop tour through the ages of the cars you could be bidding on in a week's time. We've picked our 25 favourite Stuttgart specials that will go under the hammer.
This 1959 365B T5 Coupe has covered just 67,651 miles in a 57-year history
The car is in need of some restoration but it does come with the original UK registration document
1959 Porsche 356B T5 Coupé: estimate: £45,000 to £55,000
The 356 is acknowledged as Porsche's first venture into car production, and this pretty little 1959 model is a fine example.
Penned by Erwin Komeda, based on the VW Beetle and given the green light by Ferdinand 'Ferry' Porsche - son of founder Dr. Ing. Ferdinand Porsche - this is one of the earliest UK right-hand drive cars on record.
It's covered just 67,651 miles in its existence - an average of 1,187 miles a year - though the current owner has warned that the car had 'sat for a number of years' before they took ownership. It does start and run and comes with the original UK V5 document.
That's right, Porsche really did make tractors at one point. This one, sourced from Ireland, is collectible
The 308 Super has an air-cooled, four stroke, 2,466cc three-cylinder diesel
1959 Porsche 308 N Super - estimate: £10,000 to £15,000
While Porsche's first car was rolling off production lines, the brand also had an active interest in another field - and quite literally a field, as it was tractor manufacturing.
After making several prototypes with petrol engines before WW2, Porsche made the switch to diesel power, developing a range of air-cooled four-cylinder diesel agricultural vehicles.
This, sought-after 308 Super, an air-cooled, four stroke, 2,466cc three-cylinder diesel, was acquired from a farm near Dublin in 2014 and has been carefully and methodically restored by an Irish tractor expert.
Though it was never registered for the road, it does have the correct chassis plate and the chassis number is clearly visible, meaning it could easily be made road legal.
Part of the first breed of 911s - this T (for Touring) model has an estimate up to £100,000
Short wheel base examples of this model are rare to come by. This one is a recently restored piece of art
1968 Porsche 911 'T' SWB - estimate: £85,000 to £100,000
While the 356 is known as the original, the 911 that launched in 1963 is the defining car that kick-started an icon in the eyes of enthusiasts and Porsche collectors.
Five years into the production cycle came the 911 T - the touring versions. This one is a rare short wheelbase example.
The latest owner acquired the vehicle in a very different state to what it is now but spent a hefty £37,609 restoring it from 2010 onwards. Owned by the vendor for 27 years, he claims to have covered just 4,000 miles in this now meticulously renovated beauty. The lot description is glowing, claiming that it's 'original down to the radio, tool set and maintenance books'.
The 912 was the Cayman of the 60s, sitting below the 911 in the Porsche range
This one is being sold with little to no history, but it was reconditioned in the mid-90s and has been on display in a museum since
1968 Porsche 912 - estimate: £36,000 to £40,000
This is one of two Porsche 912s up for sale in the auction - the other finished in Irish green with a very similar estimate.
Think of it as the Cayman of the 60s - introduced in 1965 as the successor to the 356, it sat below the 911 in Porsche's developing range.
This left-hand drive model was first sold in the US and has spent most of its later life as part of a museum display after undergoing a thorough restoration in the mid-nineties. The benefit for any potential new owner is that it's barely turned a wheel since, so is in fantastic condition.
Sadly, it comes with no history - a shame for a car that's in incredibly good working order. Serviced and UK registered with the DVLA, it looks to have been brought back to its original best.
Far from the classic it once was, the description says the chassis and floor of the car are in good order thanks to the vehicle being dry stored over time
According to the current owner, the engine does turn over and run
1971 Porsche 911 S 2.2 Coupé - estimate: £55,000 to £65,000
Yes, the estimation is not a typo - the price Silverstone Classics reckons this sorry looking 911 will achieve really is in excess of £50,000.
But according to the description, looks can be deceiving as this ramshackle example isn't as bad as it may seem.
This is a D-series version of the 911 S with the upgraded 2,195cc engine. When new, it had a power output of 180bhp, a claimed top speed of 138mph and a 0 to 60mph time of seven seconds, though it looks far from being able to match this today.
It does comes with matching chassis numbers, a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and the assurance that it's been dry stored, making it a fairly straight forward restoration project - on paper. With mint examples of this car valued at around £150,000, it might just be worth the investment although restoration will be expensive.
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This 1972 911S has MoT certificates dating back to 1977 included in a fully documented history portfolio
Finished in Light Yellow, this example has all the optional tricks, including power windows, electric mirrors, Koni dampers and Recaro sports seats
1972 Porsche 911 S 2.4 Coupé - estimate: £180,000 to £220,000
From a shaky 911S to a sublime example - this 1972 rendition is in far better nick than the car succeeding it in our list.
A right-hand drive UK example - with the certificate of authenticity included to prove it - this standout Light Yellow version is just one of 146 models that ever graced these shores.
It comes with plenty of background too; three history files documented by the seven former keepers. That includes MOT certificates dating back to 1977, all of which substantiate all 147,000 miles covered in the 44 year history. It was treated to a restoration between 2005 to 2007 and has covered a meagre 1,000 fine-weather miles since then. Expect this one to achieve big figures.
Lots of replacement panels are included in the lot, but a new owner will have their work cut out restoring this neglected 911
It doesn't have the original engine, so it's one that will have limited worth even if it's restored to the highest level
1973 Porsche 911 'E' Targa - estimate: No reserve
If you're working with a tight budget but have plenty of time on your hands to oversee a lengthy refurbishment job, this could be the lot for you.
It's a US import that only arrived in the UK from Florida three years ago. The British owner had intended to restore the car himself but apparently had other projects on the go (or was scared stiff by the task in hand).
Not much is known of its early life in America but there is a letter from HMRC showing all taxes and duties have been paid. In addition, there is a Florida Certificate of Title supplied with the car.
It also comes with replacement front and rear wings, a boot lid, doors and bonnet, so you won't have to source ALL the bits yourself. It does have a 911 T 2.4-litre engine fitted to it from the same year - this isn't the original unit. Sold as seen, we expect this to go cheap compared to the 24 other cars here.
This one of just six Targa Carreras is finished in gleaming Guards Red paint and comes with these fetching Fuchs alloy wheels
If you want history, this one has it - not only does it have restoration invoices, MOT certificates an the V5 it also has the original owner's manual, tool kit, jack and air compressor it was sold with 40 years ago
1975 Porsche 911 2.7 MFi Carrera Targa - estimate: £130,000 to £160,000
If a potential buyer for the dilapidated 1973 Targa listed above wants some motivation, this is it - put the hard work into the restoration and something that looks like this is what you could end up with.
Just six of these Carrera Targas were delivered to the UK, so it's about as rare as Porsche ownership gets.
This one comes complete with its 1975 driver's manual and service directory booklet in the original documents folder. A complete tool kit with jack and period-correct air compressor is included in the sale, too. Accompanying paperwork consists of sundry restoration invoices, MoT to June 2017, a V5C Registration Certificate, and the aforementioned Porsche documentation. It's probably the best example of this limited-run car you'll ever find.
This RSR Evocation is a replica of the '70s racer using a 1980's platform
A professional upgrade means this is as close to a genuine RSR as many people will get
1985 Porsche 911 RSR 'Evocation' - estimate: £40,000 to £50,000
We've jumped ahead by an entire decade to bring you the next car, and although it looks like an RSR model it's actually not.
In fairness, tracking down an RSR from the '70s is like stumbling across a unicorn stood at the end of a rainbow with a pot of gold balanced on the end of it's horn, and that's why 'Evocation' replicas like this one are starting to generate strong values.
Some fitted with genuine RSR parts have recently sold for up to £150k.
This one is based on a 1985 911 3.2 that was professionally converted to an RSR replica in 2011. It has uprated suspension, ignition system and brakes, a stainless exhaust system and Fuchs alloys shod with Michelin TB tyres totalling £3,340 in parts and labour.
Just 50 examples of the Turbo Flachbau were made. It's got more power but also a slip differential
This example has covered just 21,000 miles in a 30-year history
1986 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo 'Flachbau' - estimate: £100,00 to £120,000
The ‘Flachbau’, meaning 'Low Build' was a fully bespoke, limited edition of Porsche's 930 Turbo in the mid-eighties, and was more than twice as expensive as a standard 930 Turbo when new.
Hand crafted in small numbers (just 50 in fact) by the ‘Sonderwunchprogramm' special wishes department, the Flachbau cars were normal 930s with the dramatic, 935-style, sloping front-end. It also had a tuned engine to 330bhp (from 300), limited slip differential, dual exhausts and upgraded interior (including heated seats).
This one is a genuine UK model in right-hand drive with a fully documented history covering the full 21,000 miles covered. Surely this is the least used, best condition Turbo Flachbau - or Flatnose as it is fondly referred to in the UK - in the country?
The Flachbau is a 930 Turbo converted to a Flatnose edition using Porsche's own option pack
The Turbo Targa has covered just 50,000 miles and has recently undergone a thorough reliability check
1988 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo Targa 'Flachbau' - estimate: £57,000 to £62,000
The Flachbau-fest continues, but this time in Targa-top form. This 911 (930) Turbo Targa was converted to a Flachbau months after it was delivered, taking advantage of the 'M506' option pack - a factory kit that could be retro-fitted to existing 930 Turbos to make it into a Flachbau.
Finished in gleaming black with a black leather interior, this distinctive Porsche has a full service history supporting its indicated 50,015 miles. It's also had fairly thorough engine and gearbox maintenance carried out on it recently, meaning this is a car ready to be driven away from the auction without having to spend another penny.
The Turbo S is the most powerful 944 ever made. It's one of just 77 examples brought to the UK
This one is in exceptional condition and has won numerous concours events
1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S - estimate: £35,000 to £40,000
The Turbo S was the fastest production 944 ever built, though in small numbers - just 1,000 worldwide with only 77 of these coming to the UK.
This is one of those genuine GB models. Tweaks to the 944 Turbo were designed to replicate the Turbo Cup race cars. Power was upped from 220bhp in the standard Turbo to 250bhp in the S versions. The Turbo S also had a stronger clutch, transmission and limited slip differential as well as bigger brakes.
This one is dubbed as being 'very special indeed' because not only is it a genuine UK-supplied car it has also won numerous Porsche Club GB Concours crowns. It's also covered just 47,177 verifiable miles.
And that's why when you can still pick up a 944 for under £5,000, this one should fetch more than £35,000.
Covering just 24,000 miles in a 27 year history, this 930 Turbo is a sparking white example
Turbo lag, ferocious power and a wing that collected hedge twigs - the 930 Turbo is a true Porsche icon
1989 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo - estimate: £135,000 to £155,000
The 930 Turbo was a car not to be messed with or abused. It used an RS-derived 3.0-litre flat-six air-cooled engine with a KKK turbo, producing a then bewildering 260bhp.
But this was only the case at peak power, once the turbo had spooled into life to create a frightening injection of pace, earning drivers legendary status if they could tame the big-winged beast.
This UK-supplied example was delivered new on 5 September 1989. A Porsche Certificate of Authenticity sold with the car confirms the factory options of recoil bumpers, heated seats, colour coded forged alloy wheels, electric height-adjustable sports seats, sun roof and luggage compartment trimmed in black velour carpet. The car has recently had a major service at 24,060 miles and the history file is extensive.
This 964 C2 Carrera has had just three owners. It's not being sold with this unique registration plate
This top-down 911 has covered 78,000 miles and has a fully-documented history
1990 Porsche 911 (964) C2 Cabriolet - estimate: £34,000 to £38,000
The arrival of the 964 four-wheel drive Carrera 4 in 1989 was met with a mixed reception. Many Porsche purists didn't like the idea of spreading the power across all four corners.
A year later, the rear-wheel drive Carerra 2 was unveiled - the car many enthusiasts had been waiting for.
This is one of those two-wheel drive versions and a genuine UK-supplied example. It's had just three owners in a 26-year past and the full life story is documented in well-kept paperwork cover 78,000 miles. If you're after a mint example of a naturally-aspirated, rear-driven, top-down 911, this is the one for you.
Of all 25 cars featured in this list, the 964 RS NGT is the one we're most smitten with
More power, improved performance and a stripped out interior - the NGT is a track-ready 911 full of character
1991 Porsche 911 (964) Carrera RS NGT - estimate: £135,000 to £155,000
Money no object, this is the car in the entire auction we'd want. Though given the estimate is £155,000, we've quickly sank back to reality.
In 1992, Porsche produced a lightweight, rear-wheel-drive only version of the 964 called the Carrera RS with a 256hp engine upgrade, as well as a stripped-out interior devoid of luxuries such as electric windows, rear seats, air conditioning and cruise control. Bonnets were made of aluminium, the chassis was seam welded, and sound deadening was removed.
But this NGT model took it to further extremes, eliminated the carpets for plywood footboards and adding a cage for increased chassis rigidity. The NGT also featured a long-range fuel tank and plumbed-in fire extinguisher to give it a more track-ready appeal. Just 290 were made and this is chassis number 76 that's covered a meagre 25,000 miles. We adore the factory-spec Maritime Blue paint. Want it? Yes, we definitely do.
Tahoe Blue with Linen White leather interior is a supremely rate colour combo but a very beautiful one too
Silverstone Auctions said this example has one of the best documented histories of any 964 it has ever sold
1991 Porsche 911 (964) Turbo - estimate: £80,000 to £100,000
Okay, it's another blue 964 of the same year, but one that's worthy of entry in our 25-strong model list. This stunning 3.3-litre 964 Turbo is an original UK-spec, right-hand drive example that was sold new on 8 August 1991 at a cost of over £75,000. Some 65,000 miles later and it's edged higher in value.
Finished in its original and very rare colour of Tahoe Blue with Linen White leather interior, the car is jaw-droppingly beautiful and has been maintained meticulously since new - in fact, Silverstone Auctions reckons it has the best history file of any 964 Turbo it has ever seen.
It's not pink - it's Rubystone Red, according to the listing for this Japan import 964
The 964 Carrera RS was the first Porsche model to feature the 'RS' badge since the '70s
1992 Porsche 911 (964) Carrera RS - estimate: £140,000 to £160,000
It's not pink - it's Rubystone Red, apparently. This one is a lightweight 964 RS, the first production car released by Porsche to be given the famous 'RS' designation since the early seventies.
It was 10 per cent lighter than a standard Carrera 2, thanks to an aluminium luggage compartment lid and a new rear facing panel, manual windows, pull straps instead of door handles, thinner glass (except the windscreen), Recaro bucket seats in the front with the rear bench removed, deletion of the radio and speakers, no under-body protection and no luggage compartment carpets. It also had Carrera Cup racing suspension and brakes from a 911 Turbo.
This one is a left-hand drive Japanese import with an odometer readout of 41,000 kilometres (25,000 miles), two owners from new and a history file up to 2002.
Another lightweight track-ready Porsche finished in Maritime Blue. This time it's a bit cheaper, though
The rear spoiler (from a 968 turbo), uprated suspension, bigger brakes, sport exhaust and limited slip differential are aftermarket additions
1993 Porsche 968 Club Sport - estimate: £25,000 to £30,000
So far this list has covered quite a few stripped-out, track-ready Porsches, though most have come with a six-figure estimate too. Not this one.
If your budget is somewhat tighter, the 968 Club Sport might be the model for you. The 968 debuted in 1991 and was powered by the 944 S2's 3.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing 240bhp. The weight-reduced 'Clubsport' was launched two years later and cost £7,000 less than the standard car when new.
This original, UK supplied, 1993 968 Club Sport is finished in Maritime Blue and is a fairly rare model by today's standard. The original owner didn't abide by all the weight-saving rules, opting for carpets and a CD-player from the options list.
This one has also been tuned with KW suspension, an SS exhaust system, larger brakes, limited slip differential and 968 Turbo rear spoiler. It's covered almost 100,000 miles but has an extensive Porsche and specialist service history with it.
RUF is the independent German tuning firm that specialises in tweaking Porsche models for more performance
This example was the first time RUF added four-wheel drive and a turbo to a naturally-aspirated 911
1993 RUF (964) RCT - estimate: £120,000 to £140,000
Back to six-figure special editions, this is a wide-body 911 Carrera 4 Anniversary model that's been reworked by legendary Porsche tuner RUF to create a 3.6-litre stunner.
In fact, this was the 911 test car RUF took and added four-wheel drive and a turbo to - something Porsche later employed in the 993 Turbo. The 964 engine was created in-house with twin-plug ignition, Motronic engine management and a KKK K26 turbo that took the original output from 300bhp to 385bhp.
The car - one of just 100 made - remained in a private collection until 2007, when it was sold to a UK enthusiast. It's sold with its original German paperwork and registration document, numerous bills and receipts, original stamped service book and wallet, tools, magazine appearances and current MoT certificate.
The first of a new era for Porsche - a 911 with turbocharging and four-wheel drive
This 993 911 has been treated to a full makeover in the last decade, all the while being kept in a heated storage unit
1995 Porsche 911 (993) Turbo - estimate: £115,000 to £113,000
After RUF set the precedent with the RCT above, Porsche followed in 1995 by creating a 911 with a turbo and four-wheel drive - something it hadn't done to a production car since the 959 supercar in the late eighties.
The 933 Turbo used a 3.6-litre flat-six fed by twin K16 turbos - enough to propel it from 0 to 60mph in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 180mph.
The last of six owners bought this car in 2005 and has since kept in a heated storage environment ever since. In that time it's also had a full paint job, complete re-trim in cream perforated leather, wheel and brake refurbishment and a new stainless steel exhaust silencer. A hardback book accompanies the history file with a complete photographic record of the work completed. It's covered a respectable 66,710 miles.
The 996 GT2 quickly received plaudits for how it drove. That's one of the reasons it's so collectible today
2001 Porsche 911 (996) GT2 - estimate: £100,000 to £120,000
If you want the fastest, most focused and most expensive version of a modern-day 911, you want a GT2.
In 2000, when Porsche introduced the 996 version with 483bhp and no four-wheel drive or driver aids, it quickly gained a reputation as the ultimate driver's car. Unsurprisingly, it's extremely collectible today.
This one is a UK supplied model in right-hand drive and was first registered in August 2001. It has now covered just 38,400 miles and comes complete with a full Porsche service history, which is a mix of main dealer and noted Porsche specialists. It's not up there on the list of Porsches we would pine over, but it's certainly a modern classic.
This Manthey Racing tuned GT3 would do a decent job keeping up with the higher-spec GT2 above
Manthey knows a thing or two about 911s - the German team won five consecutive 24-hour races in Porsches from 2006 to 2011
2003 Porsche 911 (996) GT3 Manthey - estimate: £60,000 to £65,000
For around half the price of the GT2 above you could have this equally impressive performance version of the 996 911.
Manthey Racing - better know for winning the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring consecutively from 2006 and 2011 - also tunes some road cars, including this GT3. It originally started life as a GT3 Clubsport in Speed Yellow but has had an engine upgraded to 410bhp.
The Manthey touches also included a lightweight exhaust system, KW fully-adjustable suspension and RS carbon fibre rear wing. At the time, Manthey competed in the GT3 Cup so took parts from the race cars too, including the front cooling upgrade, front splitter, limited slip differential, front and rear brake cooling upgrade and steering wheel (minus airbag). This example has covered 55,000 miles.
The Porsche Carrera GT is one of the most sought-after supercars of the last two decades
Most of the engineering developments of the Carrera GT fed directly from Porsche's Le Mans efforts. The 5.7-litre V10 engine produced 612bhp and could hit 205mph
2004 Porsche Carrera GT - estimate: £440,000 to £480,000
There are few more sought-after supercars of the 2000s than the Carrera GT. The mid-engined model used advanced technologies and materials fed direction from Porsche's Le Mans efforts of the time.
By the end of production in 2006, only 1,270 cars were built, making it ultra rare. With a 5.7-litre, dry-sump, V-10 engine that produced around 612bhp and a lightweight construction of just 1,380kg, it was capable of 0 to 60mph in 3.5 seconds and had a top speed of 205mph.
This high-spec version was first delivered to Florida, but after two further owners in the United States was imported to the UK in 2009 by a collector. To make it suitable for British roads, the car was sent to RUF Porsche in Germany two years ago to be fitted with a suspension raising system at the cost of an eye-watering €11,900. With just over 18k on the clock, it's a superb - yet expensive - example.
This car started life as a standard 997 GT2 but has been treated to an RS makeover
This includes a carbon bonnet and side vents, RS wheels and bumpers and a roll cage and harnesses inside
2008 Porsche 911 (997) GT2 - estimate: £100,000 to £120,000
This car first started out as a 2008, UK-delivered, first-generation GT2 but the second owner who acquired it decided he wanted to upgrade the exterior to RS specification, while keeping all of the road manners of the standard model.
At great expense, the car was converted using the RS carbon fibre bonnet and detailing (including the side air intakes), RS wheels, RS bumpers and headlights from the gen-2 model and even a roll cage and harness added inside.
Showing just 51,300 miles at the time of cataloguing, the car comes with a comprehensive service history and many invoices showing that no expenditure has been spared on this RS replica.
The Gen II 997 GT3 RS is considered by many as the ultimate GT3 model
We adore this paint job. The lucky buyer will also get peace of mind that this one hasn't been trashed on track, too
2010 Porsche 911 (997) GT3 RS Gen II - estimate: £135,000 to £155,000
While the current 991 GT3 RS is lauded by many, the 997 Gen II GT3 RS is considered by others as the pinnacle.
When launched in 2010 it featured a 444bhp engine which gave the car a 0 to 60mph time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 196mph. Effectively, it was a Carrera Cup racer for the road. Only 35 cars were officially imported to the UK dealer network - an average of a car per dealer - and this is one of them.
It's covered just 21,500 miles from new and comes with a fully documented service history and 'rev report' to prove it wasn't track abused. It also boasts the best colour combo it was available with - white with contrasting red detailing and wheels.
FIRST PORSCHE 911 R SELLS AT AUCTION FOR £430K
A Porsche 911 R has sold for more than three times its original value after going under the hammer last week.
The first 2016 Porsche 911 R to come to auction appeared at the Bonhams The Zoute Sale at Knokke Le-Zoute in Belgium on Friday (7 October). It was estimated to sell for between €250,000 and €350,000 (£210,000 and £300,000) but obliterated the prediction, achieving €483,000 (or £434,668).
Easily the most sought-after new 911 of the modern era, the six-speed manual gearbox, lightweight construction and fairly tame styling (notice no big wings) has won many fans around the globe.
It's number 135 in the 991-strong production run that cost owners from £136,901 brand new. This one had been driven just 52 kilometres (32 miles) by the original Swedish owner.
Considering the level of demand for these cars, we'll be surprised if the seller is ever allocated a limited edition Porsche again after selling his 911 R for almost a £300k premium after barely driving it.
Source : http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/cars/article-3825151/It-s-ultimate-auction-Porsche-fans-pick-25-best.html
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