997 Rennsport duo to star at Salon Privé 2015 sale
For ten years, Salon Privé has organised one of the most spectacular (and most exclusive) automotive celebrations in the British Isles and, this year, things have gotten a little more exciting with the prospect of two Porsche 997 Rennsport icons going under the hammer.
For 2015, the event has moved to the stunning surroundings of Blenheim Palace to celebrate its tenth anniversary with the show kicking off today. One of the highlights however will be tomorrow when Silverstone Auctions hosts its annual Salon Privé sale.
Leading the way at the auction are two of Porsche’s most recent Rennsport icons with distinctly different flavours: an example of the legendary 997 GT3 RS 4.0 and a fearsome 997 GT2 RS.
One of 600, the Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 set to go under the hammer on Friday evening is a left-hand drive car originally delivered to Porsche Centre Syd in Malmö, Sweden.
Number 387 of 600, the RS 4.0 has only covered 3,900 miles during the course of its one-owner life, with none of them on track. The obligatory ECU check confirms that the car has had no over revs in any category.
Finished in the popular Carrara White with white wheels, this 997 GT3 RS 4.0 features a full black leather/Alcantara interior with the Carrera GT-style carbon-backed bucket seats and carries an estimate of £250,000-300,000.
While the 997 GT3 RS 4.0 was made famous as the last Mezger-engined, manual-gearboxed Rennsport, the 997 GT2 RS became a legend thanks to its twin-turbocharged 620bhp (fed exclusively to the rear wheels) and Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time of 7m18s.
Only 500 GT2 RSs were built with this Guards Red example on of just 16 right-hand drive cars delivered to the UK. With a little over 2,000 miles on the clock and including the C16 Clubsport pack, this ultimate interpretation of Porsche’s Widowmaker goes under the hammer with an estimate of £300,000-350,000.
Of course, for fans of earlier air-cooled Rennsport 911s, Silverstone Auctions will also look to sell a LHD 964 Carrera RS Touring (estimate of £110,000-140,000) as well as a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Touring, an almost obligatory lot at any prestige sale. The latter carries an estimate of £450,000-550,000.
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