In strictly financial terms, the star of Auctionata’s Porsche-only auction on 12 December could be nothing other than a 1988 959 – but most eyes are expected to be locked on a Magirus race transporter when the 25-strong group of cars crosses the block in Hamburg.
Towering over the other auction lots, the transporter is modelled on the three Mercedez-Benz 0317 race car transporters and is finished in works livery. The 1968 chassis is from German fire engine manufacturer Magirus and is equipped with a 1500kg hydraulic lift, making it ideal for transporting almost any historic Porsche racer, plus a beefy 168bhp diesel V8.
If you’re stuck for ideas of what you might like to transport, you could do worse than a 1977 Porsche 935, which began life as a 930 Turbo in the ownership of American racer Norm Goldrich. Since then, the car has had its bodyshell reinforced with a tube frame and cage, while the engine was enlarged from 3.0-litres to 3.2-litres, plus Carillo rods, a new crankshaft and a larger Garett turbocharger. The end result? 610bhp. The pair is expected to fetch between €250-300,000.
Those with deeper pockets – to the tune of €1.2-1.4m – may be drawn to an immaculate 959 with just over 8000km on the clock. The car covered that distance in its first year, after which it was decommissioned and put on display in the Automuseum Albert Streicher, where it remained until being bought by the vendor in 2004. It’s since lived a pampered life in a private collection.
Also expected to make big money is a 1970 911 2.3 ST, one of around 20 cars converted by the factory between 1970-1971, and of just 10 built to Group IV Special GT circuit racing specification.
The modifications were extensive, including comprehensive changes to the base 2.2-litre engine and several different external panels. Finished in full race trim, the 2.3 ST produces in excess of 230bhp, boasting a greater power to weight ratio than that of a contemporary 911 2.7 RS. All that power comes at a price: €1.3-1.5m.
It might not be as big a bargain as your lunchtime meal deal, but a two-owner 1972 911T with 66,139 miles on the clock seems good value at €120-140,000 when compared to the headline auction lots.
It’s made better by being in original, unrestored condition, still boasting its factory underbody protection and captivating lime green paintwork. It’s been with the same owner since 1976 when it was bought for $7500, and comes with a stack of paperwork.
Just as striking is a 1989 911 Carrera Speedster, which is estimated at €270-300,000. Another low mileage car, the Speedster is showing 29,958km thanks to being stored in a private collection since 2004.
Incredibly, the 911 has had only one owner since it was new, and was one of just 1125 examples built in 1989. It comes with its original handbooks and manuals, plus a service book containing six service stamps. You might struggle to find a cleaner example.
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