Stunningly restored Porsche 930 will be one of the star cars at Silverstone Auctions' Classic auction
Silverstone Classic attracts thousands of visitors every year. It’s historic racing, spectacular displays and influx of motorsport stars no doubt adds to the allure of the event. The Silverstone Classic Sale, hosted by Silverstone Auctions over two days, will see more than 100 cars head under the hammer – one of the most interesting being a 1981 Porsche
911 Turbo, which has recently undergone an award-winning restoration by Porsche.
With an estimate of £125,000-£145,000, the car is said to be one of the finest examples of the iconic ‘80s Porsche 930. The car won awards for its restoration by the Porsche Classic Restoration Centre in Leeds, including the ‘Porsche Cars GB Employee’s Choice’ and ‘Best Mechanical Restoration’ in 2014.
The epic restoration process was well-documented in numerous Porsche and motoring magazines – as well as a book specially commissioned by JCT600 – copies of which are included with the detailed history file. The car has covered just 200 miles since further post-restoration work by renowned Porsche specialists Tech 9 Motorsport.
But the car hasn’t always enjoyed such TLC.
The base car for the restoration was a neglected UK right-hand drive 1981 930 Turbo discovered in a Leeds garage. Abandoned and gathering dust for 15 years, this 911 required a serious rescue operation. The project was part of a competition between every Porsche Centre in the UK, judged by 1970 Le Mans 24 Hour winner Richard Attwood.
What started as a machine is a serious state of deterioration is now a gleaming authentically-renovated machine. In addition to a chemical strip and bead-blasting of the bodywork, the brakes and running gear were subjected to detailed restoration and the engine benefitted from a full mechanical strip, repair and rebuild.
The team retained as many of the original parts as possible such as the aluminium crank cases and rocker covers, but the turbocharger and wastegate were beyond repair and replaced with new parts.
‘We’re not allowed to use the terms “as new”, “like new”, or “better than new”, but this car is absolutely exceptional,’ says the car’s consignor, Arwel Richards, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions. ‘It’s a real credit to the restoration team and truly worthy of the accolades it’s received.’