Porsche 907 Longtail sets $3.6m auction record at Amelia Island 2014

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2015-06-26 13:39:19

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Porsche 907 Longtail sets $3.6m auction record at Amelia Island 2014

Gooding & Company saw the historic Porsche 907 Longtail achieve top spot

The Porsche 907 Longtail that won the 1968 24 Hours of Daytona has set a new auction record at Gooding & Company's Amelia Island auction, held on March 7.

The 907 Longtail is also a four-time entrant to Le Mans and 1971 class winner, and now holds an arrayof awards - All images copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Photos by Mathieu Heurtault.

Held during the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in Florida, the auction saw strong bids, with the Porsche becoming the world's most valuable 907 at $3.6m.

In total, the sale made $30.9m.

The907 at auctionis the same that finished first in the iconic 1-2-3 win at the 1968 24 Hours of Daytona race, and still wears the Porsche livery from the historic race. The 1968 win was the first 24 hour endurance race won by Porsche, kicking off a long and unsurpassed career.

Porsche featured in a famous 1-2-3 atthe 1968 24 Hours of Daytona - All images copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Photos by Mathieu Heurtault.

The German marque holds the most outright wins at Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring.

Following the Longtail was a 1959 Porsche 718 RSK, one of only 35 examplesof what is considered to be the most beautiful Spyder model ever made. Described as "one of the most correct and original RSKs in existence" the car boasts impeccable provenance, boosting it to $3.3m.

Of course, no top-end auction would be complete without a Ferrari 250 featuring in the top lots, and Gooding & Company's Amelia Island sale was no exception - a 1955 250 Europa GTmaking $2.5m.

The auction houses states this is one of the finest unrestored 250 Ferraris in existence, with continuous single-family ownership for 45 years. One of only 43 Europa GTs ever built, it is supplied with original handbooks, tools, literature and documents, making for a fantastic -and potentially profitable - project for its new owner.

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