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


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.


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