• 1972 911 from 45 years of single ownership
  • Very collectible 930 Turbo 3.0 – one of 14 delivered in 1976
  • Three very low kilometre font-engine Porsches
  • Great opportunity to buy late 1979 911SC

A stunning 1972 Porsche 911E 2.4 whose 99 year-old vendor became its second owner 45 years ago in 1975, is a highlight of Shannons 2020 Winter Timed Online Auction from 19-26 August.

The 911E is one of six desirable classic Porsches in the online auction – three rear and three front-engined – along with eight Mercedes-Benz models, six BMWs, four Jaguars and two Ferraris, making the event a premium Euro showroom.

With its oil filler hatch directly behind the driver's door, the 911E 2.4 is immediately recognisable as one of just 1,124 911E Coupes built in 1972 when it was delivered new to its first owner in the UK. Just 18 right hand drive 911E 2.4 coupes were officially imported into Australia that year.

Today the Porsche is presented in wonderful, largely untouched condition after being stored carefully on blocks in Melbourne for approximately 30 years, while started regularly by its enthusiast owner.

Making it even more appealing to collectors, the 911 was highly-optioned from new with special order Gemini Blue metallic paintwork, Light Tan trim with matching Perlcord ribbed cord cloth inserts, a factory-fitted electric sunroof, electric windows, tinted glass all round, a rear window wiper, 15-inch Fuchs forged wheels, impact absorbing bumpers front and rear, high-gloss wheel arch trims,  an 18mm rear anti-roll bar for sharper handling and the desirable Porsche Type 915 five-speed manual transmission that was an option on 2.4E models delivered new in Australia.

Displaying little patina for its age, the Porsche is being offered mostly unrestored and unmodified, with its paintwork still in gleaming condition save for some minor blemishes, while inside its trim remains in exceptional condition.

What's more, this 911E retains its tool kit, its original owner's manual and service books in the original factory wallet, along with its spare keys.

National Auctions Manager, Christophe Boribon, says the 911 is by far one of the best and most original early 911 (901 series) that Shannons have come across and given its ownership history and documentation it could represent the 'Holy Grail' for many Porsche enthusiasts and collectors. It is conservatively expected to sell in the $150,000-$180,000 range.

The 911E 2.4 is one of six classic Porsches in Shannons Winter Timed Online auction, joined by a rare and fabulous 1976 Australian-delivered 911 Turbo 3.0 Litre, a 1979 911SC Targa  and three increasingly valuable front-engined Porsches – a 1989 944 Turbo, a beautiful 1985 V8-engined 928S and a 1994-model 968 Clubsport.

The Turbo 3.0, like the 911E 2.4, is a time warp Porsche. Emerging a couple of years ago from 15 years' storage, its straight body, Silver metallic paint and Black and Tartan cloth trim of the accident-free car are well preserved for its age.

Mechanically, the 930 has benefitted from some recommissioning for its current owner by noted Melbourne Porsche specialist, Louis Giosis of Motion Automotive and has since been driven on Historic Club registration to the occasional Porsche and Coffee and Cars events.

Optioned with air conditioning and an electric sunroof, the car is one of  just 14 of these increasingly collectible, first-generation Turbos to arrive in Australia in 1976. Now regarded as 'Porsche Royalty', with values rising globally, Shannons expect it to sell in the $220,000 - $250,000 range.

Another 911 from the same era is an Australian-delivered 1979 911SC Targa that presents well, but requires some recommissioning to its fuel system. Expected to sell in the $54,000-$62,000 range, it represents a great opportunity to acquire a classic Porsche at an affordable price.

Also sought after by Porsche enthusiasts is a locally-delivered, limited edition Porsche 968CS – one of only 14 ClubSport models equipped with the coveted M030 handling package and M220 limited slip differential delivered new to Australia – with just 55,000km showing on its odometer.

With its Guards Red paintwork and black 'ClubSport' script down each doors, offset by Black-painted 17-inch Cup wheels all in very good condition and its Black interior trim including its signature body-hugging Recaros in similar condition, the 968CS is widely regarded as the best-handling Porsche of all and this example is considered to be one of the best available in Australia.

It is being sold complete with its factory books, an aftermarket immobiliser, spare keys and a big box of receipts, with this now highly collectible front-engined 968CS expected to attract global interest at its guiding range of $85,000-$100,000.

Also Sydney-delivered is a wonderful, time-warp, 1985 Porsche 928S that has covered just 33,000km from new in the hands of its one owner.

Never restored and in mint condition, the increasingly collectible front-engined V8 Porsche grand tourer has been well preserved throughout its life, and is presented with an immaculate interior, dash covering and paintwork, making it ideal for a fastidious Porsche collector. It is expected to sell in the $45,000-$55,000 range.

Finally, Shannons have an Australian-delivered 1989 944 Turbo Coupe in the auction, finished in Guards Red and showing just 56,773km on its odometer.

Sought-after by Porsche enthusiasts because its more powerful M44/52 engine featured an up-rated 2.5 litre aluminium four cylinder turbo engine, the last 944 Turbo delivered an additional 20kW of power at 184kW and 21Nm of torque over its predecessor.

As it offered slightly higher performance and cost more in Australia than its 911 Carrera 3.2 stablemate, the superbly-presented 944 Turbo is expected to sell in the $50,000-$60,000 range.

Note: The Sydney Auction showroom has re-opened under reduced hours of 10am-4pm, Monday – Friday; the Melbourne Auction showroom is closed due to Stage 3 restrictions.

For more details of all Shannons Online Classic Auction lots, visit www.shannons.com.au  For further information, contact the Melbourne or Sydney auction teams on 13 4646 (Option 6), or by email on auctions@shannons.com.au

Alternatively, speak directly to individual Shannons Team members at:
Melbourne: (03) 8588 0809 (main auction number)
(Christophe 03 70 254974; David 03 70 254983; Kim 03 70 254979; 'Tiny' Rodney 03 70 254977; Ryan 03 70 254984, or Lisa 03 70 254971).

Or, Sydney: (02) 8019 4119 (main auction number)
(Damien 02 79 116012; Stuart 02 79 116009, or John 02 79 116005).