Coys Auction at Essen Techno Classica, 13 April: Barn-find to beauty queen
One of the highlights is this Ruby Red 1956 Porsche 356A Speedster (EUR 150,000 - 170,000, above), a well-presented car with a Porsche Factory letter of authenticity. It’s joined by no fewer than 10 other Porsches, including an older, ‘Pre-A’ Speedster in silver. The 1955 car, shown below, is estimated at EUR 170,000 - 200,000.
Enthusiasts for open-air motoring in the Stuttgart marque will also be interested in the 1997 Porsche 911 (993) Cabriolet, a car carrying the more accessible estimate of EUR 29,000 - 35,000.
On the Italian front, Coys will offer a varied selection of cars from the immediate post-War period (the EUR 320,000 - 365,000, 1948 Alfa Romeo 2500 SS ‘Villa d'Este’) to a 2004 Maserati Ghibli GT (EUR 8,000 - 12,000). We like the single-mirror (monospecchio) 1985 Ferrari Testarossa, for EUR 45,000 - 55,000, and also recommend having a good look at the rare Cisitalia 303 F coupé.
The car (above right) was built in 1952 and is estimated at EUR 75,000 - 85,000 – a good price for such a rare, and events-eligible machine. Mille Miglia 2014, here we come!
Other favourites in the Classic Driver office include the 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 S 3.5 Saloon (EUR 16,000 - 20,000), the 1978 Lamborghini Urraco (EUR 27,000 - 35,000) and the short-wheelbase, EUR 140,000 - 170,000, 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Touring Series 3.
For something completely different, and an unusual potential Mille Miglia entry, there’s the 1953 SIATA GILCO 750 ‘Siluro’. Estimated at EUR 70,000 - 85,000, the car (above) is a typical small-capacity racing car from the early post-War years.
Finally, how about a punt on the ‘barn-find’ 1970 Iso Lele, shown below? It’s at ‘No Reserve’, so you know the score – last man standing gets the car… and a bit of work to do over the summer.
You can see all motor car entries in Coys' 13 April 2013, Techno Classic Essen sale in the Classic Driver Marketplace