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The 3 Most Expensive Porsche Cars Ever Sold

Porsche has produced and sold some stunning vehicles over the years but three, in particular, stand out for one reason - being the three most expensive ever sold.

Topping the list is the iconic 1970 Porsche 917K that was sold for a figure of $14,080,000 at auction. This car dominated at Le Mans from 1970-1971 because of its tremendous performance. The 5-litre flat-twelve engine produced 630 hp, enabling this racecar to go from 0-62 mph in just 2.7 seconds, an unbelievable speed.

The "K" stands for Kurzheck, meaning short tail. The original 917 was unstable at high speeds so the 917K had a shorter and less upwards tail, enabling great stability even at speeds of 200 mph. An aluminium frame also made this car very lightweight, with the total weight of the car just over 1700 pounds.

Only 12 of these Porsches were built so it is a very rare model indeed, so no real surprise that the record price was achieved at the Pebble Beach auction in 2017. This model was thought to have been lost until it was discovered in a French warehouse in 2001. It is now thought to have a value somewhere in the region of $16-$18 million!

The 1971 movie "Le Mans" starred legendary actor Steve McQueen, and saw him drive this iconic Porsche 917K over the finishing line. For a Hollywood celebrity, McQueen amassed possibly the greatest collection of cars, motorcycles and planes ever and his association with this car helped add to its amazing value.


Second on the list is a 1982 Porsche 956 that sold for $10,120,000 at Gooding & Company in 2015. This car completed the 12.93-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife race circuit in 6 minutes and 11.13 seconds, a record which stood for an amazing 35 years until another Porsche (an unrestricted 919 Evo) set a new lap record.

With its 2.65-litre turbocharged flat-six engine and strong downforce, the Porsche 956 was ahead of its time when it achieved a speed of 217 mph along the Mulsanne Straight at the Circuit De La Sarthe. The car went on to win all of the FIA World Sportscar Championship driver and manufacturer titles between 1982 and 1984, including the 1983 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Porsche only made ten of these models and until the 917K was sold, it held the record as the most expensive Porsche ever sold.


Taking the bronze medal at number three on the list is a 1956 Porsche 550 Rennsport Spyder which sold for $6,100,000. Only 90 of these cars were made and it was first revealed in 1953. It was sold by Bonhams at the Goodwood Revival but this particular model did not compete on the track.

The car only weighed 1,301 pounds and had a 1.5-litre flat-four engine that could produce 110 horsepower and go from 0-62 mph in 10 seconds. With a top speed of 137 mph, it developed somewhat of a reputation on racetracks for "giant killing" beating much more fancied cars.

The Porsche 550 Rennsport Spyder, with its silver exterior, is also famous for being a car owned by the actor James Dean, who sadly died while driving his vehicle. Few models have survived into the 21st Century and its iconic appearance and history make it a real collector's dream.


A great selection of Porsches for sale can be found on our websites, in particular, our marque-specific Porsche site at

If you are a Porsche dealer looking for great exposure for your stock then please contact us for some great listing and marketing offers here at Classic Motors For Sale.

Classic Car Events in the UK and Europe in Early 2023

As we begin another year it's time to look ahead at a selection of classic car events that will be taking place in the UK and Europe over the next few months. This is just a snapshot of the many events that will be taking place between now and the end of April 2023.

Kicking things off from the 1st to the 5th of February 2023 is the Retromobile show in Paris, France. This is the event that makes Paris become the collectors' car capital for several days and is a great event for anyone interested in vintage cars.

Retromobile brings together a vast collection of vintage cars with dynamic displays showcasing legendary vehicles. The world's leading auction houses are also present to conduct sales, so this is your chance to journey through time and live the dream.

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The London Classic Car Show is now into its ninth year and this must-attend event returns to Olympia London for 2023 from the 24th to 26th of February 2023. This is the event for classic car buyers, collectors and enthusiasts.

The show will feature the "movers and shakers" of the classic car world, the vehicles at the upper end of the classic car market. A live auction has also been added to the list of events for 2023 and this will be limited to just 100 varied classic and collector's cars, with the auction to be conducted by Historics Auctioneers (The London Classic Car Show's newly-appointed Official Auction Partner) on the 25th February.

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A month later, the action moves to the NEC Birmingham from the 24th to 26th of March 2023 and the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show. This annual event is always popular and is regarded as one of the friendliest events on the calendar. From restoration projects to finding that dream ride, all can be experienced at this event.

Expert tips are available at the staged events and there will again be a host of over 1,000 classic cars to be admired, car clubs, barn finds, and an auction conducted by Classic Car Auctions.

This event has something for everyone, full details here:

Moving into April and we strongly recommend the Techno Classica Essen in Germany from the 12th to the 16th of April 2023. The show is divided into numerous exhibition areas including the car and motorcycle industry, prestige cars, classic motorsport, restoration, automobilia, and car auctions, to name just a few.

More than 1,250 exhibitors from 30 nations will be found here in the 12 halls and open-air areas, so this is a huge event on a grand scale. With a theme each year, this world exhibition offers the most important meeting point and trade centre in the world.

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Finally, to complete our short list of events during the early part of the year, we feature the 80th Goodwood Members' Meeting which takes place on the 15th and 16th of April 2023. You can get close-up access to all areas but you must be a member of the Goodwood Road Racing Club to attend in person.

The Members' Meeting, presented by Audrain Motorsport, is a thrilling weekend of epic motor racing, high-speed track demonstrations and fun-packed festivities which all take place in an uncrowded environment.

To check out all of the details or apply to become a member then head over to their website right here:


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24 Hours of Le Mans – 100th Anniversary

The world's greatest endurance race will be 100 years old in 2023 and from 10-11 June 2023 will celebrate this special centenary anniversary.

The Automobile Club de l'Ouest is the founder and organiser of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, an event which first took place in May 1923 and has been held mainly in June ever since then, with a few exceptions when it had to be moved, and when it was cancelled in 1936 due to a labour strike and a further 9 times from 1940-1948 as a result of World War II.


The 2023 race, round 4 of the FIA World Endurance Championship, will see the winning team awarded a special one-off trophy that has been created by Monnaie de Paris, France's oldest institution. The bronze trophy is more than one-and-a-half metres tall and is currently being used to promote the race at prestigious and high-profile events around the world.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world's oldest endurance sports car race and is held near the town of Le Mans in France. The winner is determined by the car that covers the greatest distance in the 24-hour time limit so both speed and endurance are, therefore, of great importance around the circuit of closed public roads and sections of the actual racing track.

The event regularly draws crowds of over 250,000 and represents one leg of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, with the other events being the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix.

The race is held in June when it is usually very hot but rain is also common, starting in mid-afternoon and finishing 24 hours later. Teams race in different classes based on their specification but also compete for an outright winner amongst all classes. Most teams have 3 drivers who share responsibilities over the 24-hour duration, with various rules in place determining how long a driver can be at the wheel at any one time.

One of the most famous races took place in 1966 and was made into a Hollywood movie entitled "Ford v Ferrari", highlighting the intense battle and rivalry between the newly built Ford GT40 and the perennially dominant Ferrari racing team. The first race in 1923 was won by a Chenard & Walcker Sport 3-Litre.

There have been many notable winners over the years, some dominating for long periods, including names such as Bugatti, Bentley, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Ford, Porsche, and Peugeot. In more recent years, names such as McLaren, Audi and Toyota have been victorious.

The 2023 event, being dubbed the race of the century, will see several major manufacturers making a return to the Hypercar class. Ferrari, Porsche, Cadillac, Peugeot and Glickenhaus will attempt to take the crown away from the recently dominant Toyota. Will one of them succeed? We will find out in June 2023.

Tickets are on sale for this eagerly awaited event with the "Early Bird" price for a 4-Day Race Week admission ticket being €94. This price applies until 28 February 2023 after which it will rise to €102. Race Weekend tickets cost €83 at the early bird rate, and €91 thereafter. Other packages are available, including grandstand seats and premium access.

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It promises to be a centenary event not to be missed.

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Queen Elizabeth II - The Royal Collection

The late Queen Elizabeth II always had a love for cars, which can most likely be traced back to World War II when she was a member of the Women's Auxiliary Service and also became involved as a mechanic.

From these early beginnings her love for cars, and in particular the classics started to grow. Being the Queen, she was allowed to drive without a license, which on occasion she would do but usually in the confines of private estates such as Balmoral.

Her collection of cars is believed to have cost £14 million and comprised of such classics as Bentleys, Jaguars, a one-of-a-kind Rolls-Royce, a Daimler Super V8 LWB, and the ever-popular Land Rover Defender, that she would often be seen in during countryside retreats.

Here we take a look at a selection of ten cars that were owned by Her Majesty over the years, in no particular order of ownership or value – and there are many more that we could also list.


First up is a Land Rover Range Rover Hybrid Landaulet. This vehicle was produced for the Queen by Land Rover, who provided 4 cars for the royal family since the first Land Rover Series 1 in 1953. This Hybrid was designed to replace the official Range Rover that was previously being used.

The 1953 Land Rover Series 1 was a particular favourite of the Queen and was at the forefront of design and performance back in the early 50s. When she was out driving, it was often a Land rover that the Queen would be seen in.


A 1930 Citroen C4 is one of the older models in the collection and was produced to replace the Type A and family cars. Produced between 1928 and 1932, the C4 is a rare model to find today despite 121,000 being manufactured and was one of the most successful cars built after World War I.


The 2002 Bentley State Limousine is very special as only 2 were produced, with both belonging to the royal family. It was commissioned by the Queen to mark her Golden Jubilee in 2002. With its 6.75-litre V8 engine, it was a modification of the Arnage R.

Daimler has figured prominently in the collection over the years with a 1929 Daimler Double Six being another of the older classics in the line-up. With a powerful yet smooth engine, this Daimler has become very collectible. The one belonging to the Queen is now in the possession of the Royal Museum, as are many of the vehicles that belonged to the Queen.

A 1970 Daimler Vanden Plas is another in the collection, one of three owned by the Queen which she commissioned with special features such as no chrome around the doors. Only 351 were produced, making them very rare indeed.


A 1966 Aston Martin DB6 also appears in the collection and was driven by the now King Charles III back in the 1960s, and must surely have been driven privately by the Queen too at some point. The DB6 was the longest-running in production from Aston Martin with 1,788 units produced from 1965 to 1971.

A 2016 Bentley Bentayga was one of the more recent vehicles acquired by Her Majesty, a rare car indeed with the very first one produced being delivered to the Queen herself. This SUV is currently the fastest in the world and has a luxurious interior, with the Queen's also specially customized.


We will complete our list with a couple of the Rolls-Royce models that are in the collection. The 1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is one of the world's rarest vehicles, one sold at auction for over $7.1 million back in 2012, and the late Queen had one in her collection purely as a collectible. It was referred to as the best car in the world by Rolls-Royce when it was being produced.

Completing our list is a 1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V, and with only 516 produced, it is very collectible. Produced between 1959 and 1968, many are owned by royal families and governments across the globe. With a 4-speed automatic transmission and a V9 twin-carburettor engine, the Phantom V was officially retired from the Queen's fleet back in 2002.

So there we have quite a collection, with many others that we could have listed. The late Queen was a true lover of automobiles and in particular, the classics, showcasing some of the most prestigious cars that Britain had to offer.

Historics winter auction

Historics winter auction on 26th November has breath, depth and a touch of royalty 
Historics’ 2022 swansong auction on Saturday 26th November, at it’s habitual winter home of Mercedes-Benz World, Brooklands, is a great reflection of the astonishing breadth and depth of the UK classic car market   The 150 captivating entries on sale span nine decades and some 40 different marques, with values catering for a widely varying depth of pocket.

An interesting history, or famous past owner, always ticks the box when it comes to classic car values. Consequently, bidding on a pristine 2009 Jaguar X-Type Estate - whose first owner was the most famous person in the world -  Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II -  will be electrifying...all the more so as it’s offered at no reserve.

”Photo:  Jim Bennett”

Aston Martin purists can’t fail to be drawn to the magnificent 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante (£595,000-£650,000), restored superbly over eight years and cosseted by its present owner. Also waving the flag vigorously for fine British sporting marques is AC Cars, Britain’s oldest existing car manufacturer, whose 1994 AC Ace Brooklands (£24,000-£28,000) is represented by the first production model to leave the factory.  Nevertheless, AC pride of place most surely goes to a very desirable Bristol-engined 1959 AC Aceca, one of just 171 built. (£100,000-£125,000).

Staying with the homeland, Historics is offering a quartet of classic Jensens, headed by a 1960 Jensen 541R (£40,000-£50,000) and an enticing 1974 Jensen Interceptor Mk.III recommissioning  project  (£15,000-£20,000).  Also requiring complete restoration is a 1988 Ferrari Mondial 3.2 Cabriolet, tantalisingly offered without reserve, whilst joining it on the no reserve stakes is a true design icon – a 1970 Maserati Bora - one of just 42 right-hand drive models.

Adding spice to the auction mix are two hugely collectible and absolutely stunning 1930’s Ford hotrods, one a 1937 Model B Pick-up (£38,000-£45,000), the other a 1930 Model A Pick-up (£30,000-£35,000). Both will win pole position on any school run or trip to the supermarket!  Bringing celebrity status to the American offering is a stupendous example of American eye-candy adored by the likes of Marilyn Monroe, by way of a stunningly-presented and imposing Seminole Red 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible (£90,000-£100,000).

‘Imposing’ however is an understatement for the mighty 1952 tank-engined Meteor 27-litre V-12 Special (£75,000-£95,000) which will dominate the auction hall. 651 horsepower underfoot (and 80mph in first gear) assures this magnificent one-off will never fail to raise the adrenalin. It's a great counterpoint to the diminutive and charming 1970 Fiat 500L with 18 horsepower on tap and offered without reserve.   

Undisputedly the most unusual of all consignments is the original wooden ‘buck’ from which Jaguar Cars produced the venerable Jaguar D-Type sports car in the 1950’s.  A true piece of motoring history, the 1954 Jaguar D-Type ‘buck’ is estimated at £70,000-£90,000 and is sure to attract enormous interest.

Adding a dose of intrigue to the auction entry is a 1951 Mercedes-Benz 170S Cabriolet, (£105,000-£125,000) used by MI6 and owned by an agent who worked with George Blake in Berlin.  This multi-award winning concours condition car is no stranger to Mercedes-Benz World, having been displayed here between 2008 and 2013. Vying for similar top attention is an enormously rare, right-hand drive 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300B ‘Adenauer’ Cabriolet (£175,000-£210,000), first registered to Mercedes-Benz UK, retained by them for eleven year, and now bought to market in very fine condition. Also amongst the 30+ Mercedes-Benz classics on offer is a 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda restoration project.  Part finished and with copious original parts it represents a wonderful project at no reserve.

To appreciate the full depth and breadth of classics on sale at this fascinating auction, visit Historics’ website where you’ll find details of all entries and registration to bid.

The Saturday auction, starting at 9.30am, is preceded by three full viewing days at the venue, giving the opportunity to thoroughly inspect all entries at close quarters. Entry is by catalogue, available on the door. 

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Nick Mason’s Collection worthy of a Drum Roll!

"Shine on you Crazy Diamond" sang Pink Floyd in one of their most popular songs, but there is nothing crazy about the diamonds in the classic car collection of long-time Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.

He has been interested in classic cars for years now and can be seen attending many of the events in the UK, turning up in rare and classic cars, as well as being quite the racer himself, having participated in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

From Ferraris to Maseratis, he has established a large collection – far too many to list here and probably now more than 40 vehicles – so we will highlight just a few.

A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO is indeed one of the diamonds we mentioned earlier and is one of just 36 that were built. He bought it in the 1970s for roughly 37,000 GBP but today, it is worth in the region of 40 million GBP! He occasionally uses it too.

Other Ferraris in his collection include an F40, a GTB/4 Daytona, and a 512S.

A 1957 Maserati 250F, voted "the world's greatest racing car" in 2009 is also part of his collection, which includes many of a racing nature. This is just one of only 26 made and this 1950s F1 racer was driven by the likes of Juan Manuel Fangio and Sir Stirling Moss.

A 1955 Jaguar D-Type can be found tucked away in his garage and, if he were to sell it, it could easily bring in at least 10 million GBP. This three times consecutive winner of the Le Mans is considered to be one of the most beautiful sports cars ever built – by the owner himself.

A more recent acquisition (2011) has been his 1953 Ferrari 250MM, which after a few restorations and Concours appearances, ended up in his collection.

Quite possibly the oldest classic in his collection is a 1901 Panhard 5-litre. This vintage French four-wheeler is in perfect running condition and has been used on numerous occasions in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

In total contrast, and bringing things a little more up to date, Mason owns a 1996 McLaren F1 GTR. Owning any McLaren F1 is special, but this is the priceless GTR version. And how did he get it? He swapped one of his IndyCars for it with former McLaren boss Ron Dennis, so quite a good deal we would say!

Other classics he has tucked away include a 1935 Aston Martin Ulster, a 1927 Bugatti Type 35B, and a Maserati Birdcage.

Nick Mason, a real petrol head and a collector of classic and racing cars that would surely illuminate even the dark side of the moon!

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