2016 automotive auction season to kick-off with a Q1 bang
A new year has dawned and we don’t have to wait long for the first major automotive auction of 2016 as Q1 is jam-packed with Zuffenhausen metal set to come under the hammer at various auction houses.
First up at the end of the month is the annual Scottsdale sales in Arizona where Porsche 911 Turbos seem to be the order of the day at most of the major specialists.
RM Sotheby’s sale – held on 28-29 January – will see a 1976 US-spec Turbo head under the hammer with an estimate of $225,000-$275,000 (£155,000-£190,000) while a 3.3-litre factory slant nose conversion car, one of just 34, is expected to realise for $175,000-$225,000 (£120,000-£155,000).
Gooding & Co have no less than five different Porsche 930s on their books for Scottsdale, with the most desirable undoubtedly an Ice Green Metallic example from 1976. Sold without a reserve, the 3.0-litre Turbo has an estimate of $250,000-$300,000 (£170,000-£205,000) for the sale on 29-30 January.
The eight-day 45th anniversary sale at Barrett-Jackson, starting on 23 January, also sees its fair share of classic Porsche 911 Turbos. However, the most intriguing is a genuine DP Motosport 935 Targa, originally delivered to Country & Western singer, Lynn Anderson in 1984.
As soon as the action finished in Arizona, all eyes will turn towards Paris for the 2016 Retromobile auctions where RM will be offering a 964 Carrera RS and a gorgeous early 911 2.2S finished in Light Ivory.
Bonhams will also be out in force in Paris on the 4 February, offering not one but two Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera Speedsters, both in wide-body specification. The British auction house will also offer a 1965 Porsche 911 with a guide of £160,000-£190,000 ($220,000-$260,000).
However, it is an original 1966 Porsche 911S 2.0 (celebrating its 50th anniversary this year) that catches the eye in Light Ivory. At £110,000-£150,000 ($160,000-$210,000) the iconic 911S appears to be an extremely attractive proposition.
Along with smaller auctions from the likes of Coys and Silverstone Auctions, Porsche enthusiasts looking for their next 911 certainly won’t be disappointed during Q1 of 2016, and that’s without mentioning Pebble Beach in March. However, more on that closer to the time…