Auctions America Hilton Head Island sale is a 'Tale of Two Porsches'

Joes Garage

Joes Garage

2016-10-07 15:54:51

The upcoming Auctions America sale at Hilton Head Island is set to tell the 'Tale of Two Porsches' – with a pair of completely different, yet equally remarkable cars on offer.

First is a highly original 1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster, rediscovered after spending more than 40 years hidden away in a Chicago garage.

Finished in Aquamarine Blue Metallic with a Beige Leatherette interior, the car also comes with optional extras such as USA bumpers, sealed beam headlights and Coupe seats.

The car was bought new by its first owner John Casper and spent a remarkable 59 years in his ownership, often being driven to Porsche Club of America events.

When he became too old to drive the car in 1975, Mr Casper stored it in a secure garage – and it remained there, virtually untouched, until earlier this year, when it passed into the possession of only its second owner following Mr Casper's death.

"This timewarp Porsche 356 is a true gem,” says Donnie Gould, President, Auctions America. "As more Porsche Speedsters are found and restored, it is becoming nearly impossible to find such an original car, let alone one that comes from almost six decades in single-ownership.

"With collectors still drawn to highly original, unmolested cars, we expect it will attract plenty of interest when it crosses the podium in November."

The car will now be offered at auction for the first time in its history, with an estimate of $200,000 - $250,000.

(Images: Auctions America)

(Images: Auctions America)

The second notable Porsche on offer is a far more modern – but no less extraordinary - 2004 Carrera GT.

The groundbreaking supercar was designed for performance, with a top speed of 200mph and acceleration of 0-60 in less than four seconds.

Just 1,270 examples were ever built, and only 604 of those were sold in North America. Not only is the car offered at AA one of those rare examples, it's also believed to be the lowest-mileage, privately-owned Carrera GT on the planet, with just 24 miles on the clock.

“There’s been a definite rise in demand for modern supercars over the past 18 months, with limited, low-production examples particularly sought after by collectors," said Gould.

"When it comes to these cars, low mileage, single-ownership and great maintenance history are crucial. This example checks all those boxes—a virtually new car, it is by far the lowest mileage example to come to public auction in recent history."

The Auctions America sale takes place in South Carolina on November 5, as part of the annual Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival.

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