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Project cars and pristine classics snapped up at Restoration Show sale

 Almost a quarter of the cars on offer at Silverstone's NEC Restoration Show sale were projects in need of renovation, and that made for some surprisingly low prices, including a 912 for just £9,000.

The 1969 Porsche was a left-hand drive American import, offered as a virtually complete project. Details were sparse and it was sold with no reserve. 

The cheapest Ferrari of the sale was a 1984 Mondial that didn’t have full history, but had benefited from a recent cambelt change and a respray at some time. It sold for £19,688.

Other affordable projects at the sale included a 1969 Jensen Interceptor SII. A UK right-hand drive car with its original 6,300cc Chrysler engine, this project car was described as 90% complete: the chassis had been restored and the engine was said to run. Its selling price of £6,750 was reasonable for a model in this condition, although when finished we’d expect it to sell for up to three times this amount.

In contrast a rare right-hand drive Ferrari 348 spider with less than 20,000 miles on its odometer and full service history made just over £65,000. A desirable, well-cared for car, its sale price was more than £10,000 above estimate.

Another rarity that proved popular was a 1989 Porsche 930 911 Turbo Targa with a five-speed G50 gearbox. One of only 18 UK-delivered examples with the desirable gearbox, the 930 has led a cossetted life and its original paint and interior appeared to be well preserved. It sold for £72,000 - £7000 more than its upper estimate.  

A great-looking four-headlamp Aston Martin DBS V8 also made good money. The 1971 car had recent mechanical work and a fresh MOT. It sold for just under £80,000 - £5,000 above estimate.

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By Claire Evans

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