RM | AUCTIONS
A timewarp 1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster stole the show at Auctions America’s second annual sale at the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival when it almost tripled its pre-sale high estimate. Recently surfacing after more than 40 years parked in a Chicago-area garage, the Aquamarine Blue speedster attracted tremendous interest at Saturday’s auction, spurring a spirited bidding contest between collectors in the room and on the phones before selling for a remarkable $665,500 (versus a pre-sale estimate of $200,000–$250,000).
The Porsche Speedster was one of 103 handpicked vehicles included in the single-day auction, which generated a total of $5.7 million in sales, besting the company’s 2015 Hilton Head Island debut despite challenges from Hurricane Matthew. In addition to the barnfind Porsche, other highlights included: a factory-original, Shelby Registry-documented 1967 AC Shelby 427 Cobra for $726,000; a single-owner 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition garnered $305,250; and, a 1960 Maserati 3500 GT realized $222,750. Another star of the weekend, an “as new” 2004 Porsche Carrera GT—believed to be the lowest mileage example on the planet with a mere 24 miles on its odometer—exchanged hands for a final $800,000 shortly after the sale’s conclusion.