Bonhams : Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé Chassis no. 9308700256
Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé  Chassis no. 9308700256

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Lot 282
Originally owned by Peter Sellers
1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé

£ 60,000 - 80,000
US$ 77,000 - 100,000
Amended
Originally owned by Peter Sellers
1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé
Registration no. WUD 798T
Chassis no. 9308700256
*Exceptionally well documented
*Present ownership since 1987
*Engine rebuilt in 1988
*Recent engine top-end rebuild (guaranteed until 2018)
*Circa 143,100 miles from new
*Excellent history file
*Porsche Certificate of Authenticity

Footnotes

  • The beautiful Porsche 911 Turbo offered here was purchased new in 1978 by actor and comedian, Peter Sellers. This is the first occasion it has been on the market since 1987, when it was purchased by the current owner, and provides a unique opportunity to acquire a car once owned by one of movie-making's greatest comic actors.

    Born in 1925, Peter Sellers first came to prominence on radio in 'The Goon Show', graduating to a succession of memorable film roles including that of militant trade-unionist Fred Kite (in 'I'm All Right Jack') and the lead in 'Dr Strangelove'. But his most famous creation is the bumbling, accident-prone Inspector Clouseau in the hugely successful series of 'Pink Panther' films. Sellers led a very colourful private life, with four marriages, and was also a passionate car enthusiast, owning numerous classics including an Aston Martin DB4GT and a Ferrari 500 Superfast.

    This Porsche is one of the last cars that Peter Sellers owned prior to his death in 1980. Its history is very well documented, with a most substantial file showing all major works carried out over the last 30-or-so years. The current odometer reading is 143,100 miles, although it should be noted that the engine was fully rebuilt in 1988 at 50,199 miles, while in March of this year a top-end rebuild was carried out by a marque specialist at 142,651 miles at a cost of £6,500.

    This Porsche 911 Turbo was delivered on the 27th January 1978 by Maltin Car Concessionaires, who were well known at the time for supplying celebrity owners. The accompanying driver's manual records Peter Sellers' address as 114 Roebuck House, Stag Place, London SW1, and there is a photograph in the file showing what is believed to be this car with him in a London Street, most likely in 1978.

    Special-order equipment requested by Peter Sellers included chrome parts in black, something clearly shown in the aforementioned photograph. Sellers also specified the optional sports seats, rubber buffers on bumper horns, headlamp rings coloured, climate control, and a sunroof. The car has been subject to some modifications over the years, such as the additional wing mirror and indicator, and a limited-slip differential.

    As documented in the history file, the car was acquired by the current owner in 1987, and the following year was sent away for the aforementioned full engine rebuild, which included upgrading the cams to 'SC' specification together with a new K27 turbocharger. The original crankcases were renewed at the same time, the replacements being un-stamped. The cost of the rebuild was £4,590, a not insignificant sum at that time. Around 93,000 miles have been covered since then. The 2016 top-end rebuild included renewing all the studs; de-coking the pistons and fitting new rings; and all the other works one would expect. Importantly, this work carries a 24,000-mile, two-year warranty.

    We are advised by the vendor that mechanically the car is exactly as it should be, having been well maintained and subject to several rebuilds. The interior is said to be in good overall condition, although there are areas where there is scope for improvement. The front seats are in excellent order, while some material at the base of the rear seat backs has detached and will need repair. There are also areas of the dashboard that need some attention.

    The body is showing its age, with the paint exhibiting some crazing and general wear; indeed, there is no evidence to suggest the car has been repainted during its life, and it is believed it still has the same paintwork as when Peter Sellers took delivery. The car starts on the button and is said to drive very well: the gear change sharp and the engine running cleanly and pulling as a Turbo should.

    In addition to the aforementioned driver's manual, the car comes with a Porsche service booklet and a 1978 Porsche Turbo technical data booklet. The history file is extensive, with numerous invoices and a large quantity of MoT certificates dating back as far as 1982. There is also a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, MoT to April 2018, and a V5 registration document.

    This is a very rare opportunity to acquire well documented example of the iconic Porsche 911 Turbo, previous owned by a major celebrity, who even 37 years since his death is still immensely popular. An opportunity not to be missed.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that upon inspection we believe that areas of the paintwork are not original.
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Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé  Chassis no. 9308700256
Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé  Chassis no. 9308700256
Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé  Chassis no. 9308700256
Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé  Chassis no. 9308700256
Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé  Chassis no. 9308700256
Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé  Chassis no. 9308700256
Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé  Chassis no. 9308700256
Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé  Chassis no. 9308700256
Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé  Chassis no. 9308700256
Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé  Chassis no. 9308700256
Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé  Chassis no. 9308700256
Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé  Chassis no. 9308700256
Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé  Chassis no. 9308700256
Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé  Chassis no. 9308700256
Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé  Chassis no. 9308700256
Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé  Chassis no. 9308700256
Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé  Chassis no. 9308700256
Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé  Chassis no. 9308700256
Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé  Chassis no. 9308700256
Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé  Chassis no. 9308700256
Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé  Chassis no. 9308700256
Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé  Chassis no. 9308700256
Originally owned by Peter Sellers,1978 Porsche 911 Type 930 Turbo Coupé  Chassis no. 9308700256
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