Epic £4.2m Porsche trio racing to Amelia Island sale

| 12 Feb 2019
Classic & Sports Car – Epic £4.2m Porsche trio racing to Amelia Island sale © Gooding & Company/Josh Hway

Typical: you spend ages waiting for one legendary competition Porsche to go to auction, then three arrive at once.

That’s the situation at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island sale next month, where three such cars will be vying for bidders’ attention – and wallets.

How special? We’re talking a 1979 Porsche 935, a 1987 Kremer Porsche 962C and a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Lightweight. And if all three hit the top of their pre-sale estimates, they’ll make the auction house a tidy $5.45m – that’s £4.2m.

The car expected to achieve the highest value of the three is the 935 pictured above (and, indeed, in a video below).

 

 

Porsche built just seven 935s for 1979 and this – chassis 930 990 0027 – was built to order for Los Angeles Times publisher Otis Chandler, finished in Vintage Racing Blue to match his Sunoco-liveried 917/30.

He raced it just the once, at the 1979 Los Angeles Times Grand Prix of Endurance at Riverside, and the 935 remained in his collection until 1993.

It’s been with another Porsche collector for the last 15 years, during which time it has undergone a sympathetic restoration.

Gooding & Company has quoted a $2.55-3m (£2-2.3m) guide price for this eye-catching Porsche 935 – we’re excited to see what it fetches when it crosses the block on 8 March.

Classic & Sports Car – Epic £4.2m Porsche trio racing to Amelia Island sale © Gooding & Company/Josh Hway

If you can’t quite stretch to that, how does $1-1.25m (£775-970,000) sound?

That’s the pre-sale estimate for this stunning 1987 Kremer Porsche 962C that’s also going under the hammer at the same sale.

You may associate the 962 with works racing teams, but this was one of those built for a privateer, in this case Erwin and Manfred Kremer of Kremer Racing.

In fact, this 962C enjoyed double Le Mans success, with a fourth-place finished at the 1987 running of the 24-hour race, driven by George Fouché, Franz Konrad and Wayne Taylor, followed by eighth the following year – when Fouché was teamed with Kris Nissen and Harald Grohs.

Classic & Sports Car – Epic £4.2m Porsche trio racing to Amelia Island sale © Gooding & Company/Josh Hway

The final car in this trio is the oldest and is another low-volume model: it’s a one-of-200 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Lightweight.

How light? Well, its body is made of thinner steel than normal, it has lightweight glass and cabin trim has been kept to a minimum.

It’s had just four owners in its 46 years, and its current custodian has restored it to an apparently show-quality condition in its original white, with green details. It’s estimated that this lot will sell for between $1m and $1.2m (£775-930,000).

These three and many more have been consigned to Gooding & Company’s 8 March sale at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation – get the full listing here.


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