Competition models spanning three decades assemble for August auction.
Last year at Quail Lodge Bonhams set a world record for any Porsche sold at auction when the 1972 917 Interserie Spyder (neé 1970 Gulf-JWA Le Mans 917K Coupe) made nearly $4 million. This and other competition Porsches from the impressive Michael Amalfitano Collection exceeded all pre-sale expectations and made headlines around the world.
Now, Bonhams is assembling another exciting line-up of racing Porsches to be offered at the upcoming August sale. Here are some of the highlights:
1966 Porsche Typ 906 Carrera Competition Coupe. This is the model that completely dominated the 1966 Hockeheim 500, not to mention winning its class that year in the Monza 1000, Targa Florio, Spa 1000, Austrian 500 and 24 Hours of Le Mans. This particular car was campaigned with success in Australia before being raced by subsequent owners in Hong Kong and Macau. Estimate $900,000-$1,100,000.
1986 Porsche Typ 962 IMSA GTP, consecutive winner of the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1987 and 1988, is perhaps the most successful private car of its model in the world. Driven to success multiple times by Jochen Mass and Bobby Rahal, the car’s wins include – besides Sebring – Laguna Seca 300, Mid-Ohio 500, Sears Point 300, Columbus 300, and Del Mar, not to mention several podium placements in other races. Estimate $800,000-$1,000,000.
1979 Porsche 935 driven by Rusty French to multiple podium placements including winner of the 1989 British GT Championship, this car has gone on to win the Monterey Historic Races in both 2008 and 2009, beating out fierce competition from local favorites Bruce Canepa and Ken Epsman. Estimate $550,000-$650,000.
A 1987 Porsche 962 European Group C Competition Coupe which competed extensively in the 1987 World Sports-Prototype Championship driven primarily by Mauro Baldi and often co-driven by Jonathan Palmer with several podium finishes and one outright victory. Estimate $500,000-$600,000.
Dick Barbour’s first Porsche racing car, the 1960 Porsche 356 Automotion Roadster, superbly updated for vintage racing yet with paint and patina preserved in remarkably original condition. Estimate $150,000-$175,000.
The well-documented 1967 Porsche 911S in King-Hedinger livery was raced almost immediately from new and was a finisher in the 1977 24 Hours of Daytona. With its FIA history, it is one of a very exclusive group of 911s eligible for the 2011 Porsche Rennsport Reunion. Estimate $150,000-$175,000. These and other exceptional cars of various makes and models will be auctioned at Bonhams’ 14th annual sale at Quail Lodge in Carmel, California, the longest running auction during the world-renowned Pebble Beach Car Week. The famed two-day sale will take place on Thursday and Friday, August 18-19. [Bonhams]