World’s Largest Porsche Auction to Be Held in the UK
An incredible collection of Porsches is set to cross the auction block at the Coys event on September 6th at Castle Hedingham, England, during the Porsche Classics weekend. There are some seriously desirable lots here, including a Porsche mono-cylinder Junior tractor, a 6,300-mile Carrera GT supercar and just about every other flat-six- and flat-four-powered thing in between.
About that tractor. Around about the time he was designing the Volkswagen Type 1, more widely known as the Beetle, Ferdinand Porsche was also working on tractors. He built three prototypes in 1934, but the plans were put on hold when the German government started making some questionable choices, eventually leading to World War II. By the time the war has ended, Porsche had perfected his tractor design and licensed it out to Allgaier GmbH in Germany, Hofherr Schrantz of Austria and later to another German company called Mannesmann AG.
This particular Porsche tractor is one of the later models built by Mannesmann, and is one of the single-cylinder, light-duty Junior series models. Other tiers included the two-cylinder Standard, three-cylinder Super and four-cylinder Master. With an 822 cc diesel that produced 14 horsepower, this red 1958 Junior probably one of the slowest Porsches ever built, but try tilling a field with a 918 Spyder.
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Why it matters
As of now there are 61 Porsches included in Coys’ Porsche auction, and there’s plenty to like here for Porsche geeks. Obviously, you’ll find plenty of 911s, but you’ll also find 356s, 912s, 914s and one very nice 928, a model that just seems to get cooler by the day. Some of the more interesting lots include a Ruf-tuned 1993 911 and a 1982 911 3.0 SC that was converted to a high-speed pursuit vehicle for the Dutch Police.
Another lot that caught my eye was an excellent 1973 911 2.7 RS replica built on a 1972 2.4 E. Because 2.7 RSs have become so incredibly valuable, owners are hesitant to drive them these days, and you can’t really blame them. This car, on the other hand, is much more attainable and doesn’t include the burden that comes with maintaining a priceless piece of Porsche history. It has the same original 2.7-liter flat-six engine and both the looks and performance of an actual 2.7 RS, for a fraction of the price.
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