Rare Porsches impress at Zoute sale

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Two highly desirable Porsche cars achieved world-record prices at Bonhams’ recent sale in Knokke Le-Zoute, Belgium.

Highlights of the prestigious auction included the 2016 Porsche 911 R, regarded as the most sought-after modern Porsche today.

The car was launched six months ago at a price of €200,000. All 991 produced were pre-sold, so when Bonhams offered the first model to come to auction, there was considerable excitement.

Estimated at €250,000-350,000 (£210,000-300,000), the car eventually sold for an impressive €483,000.

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Classic from the 1980s

Another world record at auction was achieved when the factory prototype 1987 Porsche 928 sold for €253,000 (£228,593). This model was first owned by five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell.

In addition, a Mercedes 1969 280SL Pagoda 5-speed ZF gearbox sold for €230,000 (£207,811) – another Bonhams world record at auction for this model.

The spot for top lot was taken by the 1955 Porsche 356 ‘Pre-A’ 1600 Speedster. First owned until 1958 by racing driver Yves Tassin, which achieved €586,500 (£529,920).

‘This was our 4th annual Zoute Sale – and it keeps getting better and better,’ said Philip Kantor, Bonhams’ head of motor cars, Europe. ‘It once more demonstrates that collectors will target motor cars with magnificent provenance and rarity status.’

For more on the Zoute Grand Prix, click here.

 

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