Lot 40 (Chateau Impney, 10th July 2016)
Sold for £39,938
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: YCG 293
Chassis No: 9116600060
Mot Expiry: June 2017
Interest in classic Porsches of all ages shows little sign of abating and, among the many derivatives, the 3.0 Litre Carreras produced for the 1976/1977 model years (I- and J-Series) are among the rarest, as only c.3,690 were made in total. Of these, a mere 58 were equipped with Porsche's semi-automatic transmission of the time - the so called Sportomatic system, and some of those have subsequently been converted to manual changes. All of which adds to the rarity and therefore desirability of the right-hand drive sale car. Finished in Metallic Ice Green and trimmed in Green and Blue tartan fabric, 'YCG 293' was delivered new to Porsche Cars GB in Isleworth and first registered on September 5th 1975. It was treated to a degree of restoration and a bare metal respray some years ago and benefited from some additional attention to the bodywork as recently as February last year, at a cost of £8,067.60.
The task was entrusted to Porsche specialist bodyshop Norfolk Premier Coachworks, and included the replacement of all seals and the refurbishment of the road wheels. At the same time, the electrical system was tidied up, and a new oil cooler and oil lines installed. The car's specification these days includes a retrofit air conditioning system and, taking everything into account, the vendor presently classes the Coupe's bodywork, paintwork, interior trim, flat-six engine and Sportomatic gearbox as all being in 'excellent' order. To date, the Porsche has experienced nine keepers and covered 117,809 miles from new; very few of which have been driven in recent times. After a lengthy gestation period, the now ubiquitous Porsche 911 entered production in 1964 and, despite Porsche's own attempts to replace the model with the 928 in the 1970s, much evolved versions of it are being built to this day, an astonishing 53 years later.