'Barn find' Porsche 356 steals show at Hilton Head sale

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Bidding in progress on the ‘barnfind’ Porsche at Auctions America’s Hilton Head Island sale. The timewarp Porsche 356 almost tripled its pre-sale estimate, selling for a final $665,500 (image courtesy Auctions America)

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. _ A 1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster stole the show at Auctions America’s second annual sale at the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. Recently surfacing after more than 40 years parked in a Chicago-area garage, the Aquamarine Blue speedster spurred a spirited bidding contest between collectors in the room and on the phones before selling for $665,500.

The Porsche Speedster was one of 103 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 for $222,750. Another star of the weekend, an “as new” 2004 Porsche Carrera GT— with a mere 24 miles on its odometer —exchanged hands for a final $800,000 shortly after the sale’s conclusion.

Auctions America Hilton Head Island Top 5 sales:

  • Lot 168: 2004 Porsche Carrera GT - $800,000
  • Lot 171: 1967 AC Shelby 427 Cobra - $726,000
  • Lot 184: 1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster - $665,500
  • Lot 142: 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition - $305,250
  • Lot 146: 1960 Maserati 3500 GT by Touring - $222,750

Auctions America will will kick off its 2017 schedule in Fort Lauderdale March 31 – April 2.

Visit: www.auctionsamerica.com

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