Lightweight Porsches sell well at Silverstone Auctions
Silverstone Auctions’ Porsche sale, which took place in conjunction with Porsche Club GB on Saturday 15th, saw lightweight Porsches perform best in terms of prices achieved. Over 70 percent of the total cars on offer sold, collecting £2.5 million between them in the process, with many bidders buying from overseas.
There were a number of highlights during the sale, but it was the lightweight variants of the 911 that performed best. A 2010 997 GT3 RS Gen2 beat its lower estimate by over £30,000, achieving £168,750. A 964 Carrera RS NGT beat its estimate by £20,000 – selling for £157,500 – and a rare, early 996.1 GT3 Clubsport went for £70,130, £15,000 over estimate.
Offered to the open market for the first time in over 30 years and a prime candidate for restoration, a 1973 Porsche 911 2.4T MFi Coupé was incredibly hard fought over between phone bidders and those in room. After a long bidding war it eventually sold for £45,000, three times its lower estimate. It wasn’t the only car ripe for restoration that hit the £40,000 mark. A genuine ‘barn find’ 1971 911 S coupe, missing many parts and generally a bit worse for wear, still made £43,990 despite needing what looks like a full body and engine overhaul. However, with prices for this variant in restored condition hitting around £150,000 there’s definitely money in this purchase for the right buyer.
The sale offered more than just 911s and an example of every transaxle Porsche was available, with all but one selling. Possibly the best on the market, a show winning 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S sold for £35,440. A remarkable timewarp 1981 Porsche 924, hidden away for the last twenty years, sold for £15,750 and a rare manual 1991 Porsche 928 GT sold for £24,750.
Two flat nose 911s were also sold including a 1986 930 Flachbau Turbo UK car in totally original condition and had been subject to a meticulous inspection and light remedial work. With just 21,000 miles on the clock in its 30 year life, it was snapped up for £140,630. A black 930 flat nose targa with a few more miles on the clock and some recent overhauling work made it look like a good bet for anyone into the 80s look of these cars. It had been subject to the Flachbau conversion using all the proper parts early in its life and has been well maintained since. Selling for £63,000 it represented good value compared to the factory car above.