A super-rare Porsche 356A Carrera GS is set to showcase in the Concours Masters Celebration of 70 years of Porsche on Saturday 1st September.
This wonderful, competition-rooted coupe will take its place on the South Lawn of Blenheim Palace, as Salon Prive honours this legendary marque in its seventieth anniversary year. This event will follow the evolution of the brand, from the 356 Roadster to the 911, via 550 Spyder and countless other sports car pin-ups from its back catalogue.
Many of the world's most distinguished collectors are expected to descend on the Palace to share their passion for Porsche before the Concours Masters' Trophies are awarded during the special afternoon session.
Rare Porsche 356A Carrera GS
The Carrera GS is the third of just four cars imported to the UK in period, and one of only ten ever built in right-hand drive configuration. '752LMA' was brought into the country via the official concessionaire, AFN, and registered in April 1956. The car's first owner, Le Mans competitor Edgar Wadsworth used the car extensively, going so far as to drive it to and from Stuttgart for its annual service.
He later sold it to Cyril Corbishley, another well-known driver of the day, whose resume included outright honours on the Coupes des Alpes. The car has since been restored to immaculate standards, retaining much of the original coachwork. It is also equipped with the same 'Type 457' engine that it left the factory with over more than 60 years ago.
Rare Porsche 964 C4 Lightweight
Rather more recent, but also very rare, is the 964 C4 Lightweight which is similarly bound to wow visitors and concours judges alike. Built by the Porsche customer racing department in Weissach under former Le Mans winner, Jurgen Barth, only 22 of these race-bred machines were made.
Each car began life as a bare 964 bodyshell which was re-welded; the aluminium doors and boot-lid were substituted, as were plastic side windows with sliding vents. The cabin was stripped of all main luxuries and equipped with a roll-cage and other safety equipment.
Boasting a twin-plug 3.6-litre flat-six engine, utilising the four-wheel drive system borrowed from the 953 Paris-Dakar Rally winner, it was - and remains to be - one of the most exotic 911 variants ever sold to the public. This example is the only one originally finished in yellow (most were white), and it has covered only 520 kilometres since new.
Salon Prive is the UK's most exclusive automotive garden party. If you love Porsches and great cars of all creeds, this really is a must-attend event, and one that is staged against the most scenic backdrops Great Britain has to offer.
Tickets can be purchased via the website or by calling the Ticket Hotline on 0808 100 2205.
All Vehicle Contracts Ltd Published: Aug 6 2018