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Ex-Derek Bell Porsche sets auction record

Published 10 October 2016

The ex-Derek Bell factory prototype 1987 Porsche 928 set a new world record when it sold at auction on 7 October. One of only five prototype Club Sports built for Porsche's factory drivers, this model was first owned by five-time Le Mans winner, Derek Bell, and believed to be one of only three to have survived. It fetched €253,000 (£228,593) at Bonhams’ Zoute sale.

Highlights of the sale included a Mercedes 1969 280SL Pagoda 5-speed ZF gearbox sold for €230,000(£207,811) – another world record at auction for this popular model.

The spot for top lot was taken by the 1955 Porsche 356 ‘Pre-A’ 1600 Speedster, one of the very rarest Pre-A Speedsters. A multiple concours class-winner, it boasted matching numbers, matching colours and a very early 1600cc engine from new.

1955 Porsche 356 'Pre -A' 1600 Speedster

1955 Porsche 356 ‘Pre-A’ 1600 Speedster

First owned until 1958 by the well-known racing driver, Yves Tassin, who still lives in Knokke Le-Zoute, it was entered by its current owner last year in the Zoute Concours d’Élegance where it won the trophy for ‘Most Sensitive Restoration.’ After a lengthy bidding battle between a telephone bidder and a couple in the room, it achieved €586,500 (£529,920).

James Knight, Bonhams group motoring director and auctioneer on the night said, ‘The room was packed and the atmosphere was tremendous. We witnessed many spirited bidding battles from the audience as well as telephone and online bidders. These results clearly demonstrate that exceptional prices can be achieved at this venue and we very much look forward to returning in 2017.’

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