Auctioneers Coys are chalking up interest in the upcoming Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nurburgring to the lack of a German F1 race in 2015.
If that’s the case, there should be plenty of interest in Coys’ auction at the event too – not least because the choice of cars on offer is, like similar upcoming auctions, quite spectacular.
Porsche 911s feature heavily, and all are stars in their own right. Perhaps the most special is lot 147, a 1976 ex-works Safari Martini Porsche 911 driven by Bjorn Waldegard.
An auction estimate of 400,000-475,000 euros (£280,000-£333,000) speaks of the car’s provenance. First built by the Porsche Competition department to contest the 30,000 kilometre London Sydney Marathon. It failed to make the top ten – but only because the car arrived in Australia two days late due to shipping problems.
It later competed in Australia, and was later still converted to Paris Dakar specification, with a works 953, 3.2-litre Dakar-spec engine. Coys describes the car, not unreasonably, as ‘unstoppable on any road conditions or terrain.’
Joining the 1976 car are a 1978, 911 3.3 Turbo, also wearing Martini livery (estimate: 85,000-100,000 euros, £60,000-£70,000), and an ex Carrera Panamericana, 1975 911 short-wheelbase. The bright yellow example is expected to reach 180,000-220,000 euros (£126,000-£154,000).
On the road car front, albeit fully equipped for racing, is a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS. It’s listed as one of the first 500 examples built to meet the FIA’s homologation requirements for the 1973 GT Championship season. An estimate of 650,000-850,000 euros (£456,000-£596,000) is indicative of the desirability of these early Rennsport cars.
While the Nurburgring auction is a hive of German metal, Italian cars also get a look-in – from a Group 4, Fiat 124 Spider rally car (35,000-45,000 euros) to a beautiful 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale race car – expected to fetch 90,000-130,000 euros.
And what high-profile auction would be without a Ferrari F40 these days? Lot 138 is a 1992 example, with only one owner and 7881 kilometres on the clock from new.
No estimate is given, but with a 1989 F40 expected to reach $1.2-1.5million at Mecum’s Monterey auction later this month, don’t expect much change from a million pounds.
The Coys Nurburgring auction takes place this Saturday, August 8, at the Nurburgring.
6 Aug 2015
(Via evo: News)