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Famous racing Porsche tops £1 million at Bonhams’ Spa sale

Fittingly for a Spa Circuit sale, the highest achiever was an ex-Le Mans racer. The ex-Jürgen Oppermann/Otto Altenbach/Loris Kessel Obermaier Racing 1990-93 Porsche Type 962 C Endurance Racing Competition Coupe, sold for £1,067,000 at the 24 May sale.

The racing Porsche was sold by the factory in 1990 with a 3.0-litre engine; it was campaigned and kept by the buyer for the next 25 years. A highlight of its racing career was achieving seventh place overall in the 1993 Le Mans 24-hours.

While many of the cars on offer sold for less than their upper estimate, two stood out for achieving almost double their upper estimate. First up was a 1977 Abarth SE025FL Experimental Formule Libre racing/hill-climbing single-seater. Sold from the Maranello Collection, it was in need of recommissioning, yet it sold for almost £28,000.

The second high-achiever was also from the Maranello Collection – an outlandish looking Osella PA3-5/2000 Sport. Sold without its BMW M12 engine, but with the Hewland FG400 transaxle, it fetched just over £36,000.

Of the more mainstream cars on offer a pair of Jaguar E-types sold for good money. The first, a 1962 Series 1 Roadster with three owners sold for just over £120,000, and the second, a 1965 roadster went for just under £100,000.

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By Claire Evans

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