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Classic powerhouses to go under the hammer at NEC resto show

Published 06 February 2020

Several classic powerhouses including a Porsche 911 and a BMW M635 CSi are going under the hammer next month. The March sale at the NEC restoration show also includes a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI Tommi Makinen Edition and a Mercedes-Benz 500E.

Top billing goes to the 2002 Porsche 911 (996) Turbo. Said to be in excellent condition and boasting a low mileage, it’s finished in hard-to-find Orient Red Metallic (a colour that was only offered between 2001 and 2003).

Fitted with Porsche’s Aero Kit, the front and rear spoilers and the wing make this car stand out. The engine was rebuilt in January, 2019, with all invoices stored in the history file. With 50,000 miles on the clock and just two former owners, expect to pay £35,000 to £40,000.

Next up is a BMW M635 CSi. Finished in Zinnober Red with a black leather interior this 1985 E24 model has 55,000 miles on the clock. It’s powered by the same engine that was in the M1 - a 3.5-litre, 24-valve, 6-cylinder M88, which pumps out 286bhp. This M635 has had some tweaks including a revised suspension and bigger brakes (estimate £28,000 to £32,000).

2002 Porsche 911 (996) Turbo (1)

If that doesn’t get you excited, how about a proper Jap-attack performance saloon? This Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI Makinen Edition was built to celebrate the World Rally Championship success. This particular car has recently been imported from Japan and supplied on a NOVA. It looks the part and is in exceptional condition with 44,428 miles on the odometer (estimate £20,000 to £25,000.)

Of course, some of us do prefer something a touch more… understated. In which case, say hello to this Mercedes 500E. Developed in close cooperation with Porsche to produce, it’s a 161mph rocketship powered by a 5.0 litre V8 used in the SL.

This 1993 (W124) version was imported from Japan in 2013 and has since had two owners who appear to have looked after it very well. Looking fabulous in Blue/Black with a black leather interior it is supplied with a complete dealer book pack, service book and £2600 of main dealer invoices. This 500E (estimated at £16,000 to £20,000).

1993 Mercedes -Benz 500E (W124)

Gary Dunne, Classic Car Auctions manager, said, ‘Some great cars and there is still plenty of time to consign your car. We have our next “Cars Coffee and Consignments” event on the February 19 at the British Motor Museum, so if you are thinking about it, book an appointment for expert advice, valuations and free professional photography of your car on the day.’

The Classic Car Auctions sale takes place over the weekend of 28-29 March at the Practical Classics Classic Car Restoration Show at the Birmingham NEC.

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