Porsche Turbo Collection Boosts Bonhams Paris Sale

An extraordinary single-owner private collection of a dozen air-cooled Porsche Turbos –– representing the entire history of the ultimate 911 variant for Porsche purists – will be offered, all at No Reserve, in Bonhams Grandes Marques du Monde à Paris Sale on 2 February.

From the first 'widow maker' Turbo model - a 1975 Porsche 930 Turbo 3.0 - to a last-of-the-line 1998 993 Turbo S, the collection spans every generation of what is widely regarded as the definitive sports car. The twelve, which have an overall low estimate of €3 million, were carefully selected by their private collector owner in his quest to possess the very best examples of each model.

Headlining the collection is a 1993 Porsche 964 Turbo S 'Leichtbau' (Lightweight), estimate €1,000,000 – 1,200,000 (No Reserve), which has covered just over 28,000 kms from new. One of the rarest and most collectible 911s, this was Porsche's first Lightweight Turbo production car, intended to be more powerful and lighter than the stock Turbo models. Only 86 examples of this 381 hp limited edition were believed to have been hand-built by Porsche's Motorsport and Exclusive Departments.

Other highlights are:

1998 Porsche 993 Turbo S, estimate €400,000-500,000 (No Reserve)
Type 993, the final and ultimate air-cooled Turbo specification, is regarded by many as the most beautiful and last true 911. Powered by the latest 3.6-litre version of Porsche's perennial air-cooled flat-six engine, the 993 Turbo was the first Porsche production model to feature a twin-turbocharged engine and the first 911 Turbo to incorporate permanent four-wheel drive. The Turbo S limited edition was the creation of Porsche's Exclusive Department, with increased output of 450 hp promising a top speed of 296 km/h. Finished in the classic 'Guards Red', with matching seatbelts, the 993 features a period Motorola telephone.

1975 Porsche 930 Turbo 3.0 Sunroof Coupé, estimate €250,000-350,000 (No Reserve)
Dating from the first year of 911 Turbo production, when Porsche twinned a KKK turbocharger to its 3.0-litre Carrera RSR engine, this is a rare sunroof example with matching chassis and engine numbers. Highly original, this car features the original classic interior of black/green plaid Recaro seats, as well as the characteristic flared wheel arches and 'tea tray' rear spoiler. Indeed, it was acquired by the vendor for its rarity and exceptional condition.

1989 Porsche 930 Turbo 3.3 G50 Coupé, estimate €250,000-350,000 (No Reserve)
Dating from the final year of this particular model and fitted with the desirable G50 five-speed gearbox and sunroof from new, this G50 Coupé was delivered new to famous Belgian moto-cross rider the late Eric Geboers, five-times world champion. It is offered in time warp as new condition, with only 1,375 kms on the odometer.

Philip Kantor, International Chairman, Bonhams Motoring, said: "This is an extraordinary collection of Porsches, representing the whole evolution of these ultra-collectible air-cooled 911 Turbos. It offers an exciting opportunity for any Porsche collector or purist, especially in this 75th anniversary year for Porsche."

Further Porsches lining up to mark Porsche's milestone birthday at The Grandes Marques du Monde à Paris Sale, include:

2005 Porsche Carrera GT, estimate €1,400,000-1,800,000
A rare opportunity to acquire a 'time warp' example of Porsche's flagship supercar. Developed from a still-born Le Mans racing project, the Carrera GT featured a state-of-the-art carbon-fibre monocoque chassis, powered by a V10 5.7-litre engine, with a top speed exceeding 300 km/h. One of 1,270 built, this desirable late Carrera GT, finished in in Basalt Black, has covered only 2,800 kms from new in the hands of careful custodians.

2016 Porsche 911 R, estimate €300,000-400,000
The limited edition 911R was unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, featuring
the 'old' track-focused GT3 RS's normally aspirated 4.0-litre 493 hp engine and a new six-speed manual gearbox. However, the R was developed as a road car. Sold only to Porsche's preferred customers, just 991 were built and remain one of the most sought-after Porsche models. This example has covered 55 kms with its one and only owner.

Another Porsche of note offered in Paris is a 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 'Turbo Look' Speedster, estimate €190,000-240,000, finished in rare Forest Green metallic and owned from new by the same family.

The Bonhams sale will be staged in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, in the Grand Palais Éphémère on the 1st and 2nd February, celebrating more than 100 years of automotive excellence and innovation, with stars ranging from a single-owner Veteran car and motorcycle collection to a 21st century Pagani hypercar.

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