The hammer fell at over half a million.

The highlight of Silverstone Auctions’ May Sale, this lovely 1993 Porsche 911 S Turbo Leichtbau ('Lightweight'), was the subject of an intense bidding war as many fought to claim one of the 86 cars ever made. Ultimately, it whittled down to two bidders who managed to clear the £500,000 threshold, with the hammer finally dropping at an impressive £556,875.

This particular left-hand-drive Leichtbau #51 is actually even rarer as it’s one of the just six cars finished in Gloss Black. It comes with a rather unusual seat leather upholstery, with a three-tone theme also applied onto the steering wheel. 180 kilograms lighter than a period 911 Turbo, the special edition makes use of carbon fibre and comes with aluminium doors to shave off weight. The diet also involved getting rid of the rear seats, installing thinner glass and carpets, as well as Kevlar-made luggage lid and rear spoiler.

1993 Porsche 911 (964) Turbo 'S' Leichtbau
1993 Porsche 911 Turbo S Leichtbau

Aside from being substantially lighter than the regular 964 Turbo S, the Leichtbau also had an extra 61 horsepower for a grand total of 381 hp generated by the single-turbo 3.3-litre six-cylinder engine. Rounding off the changes were the side air intakes in front of the rear wheel openings, the body-coloured flat rear wing, and additional vents to cool the brakes.

The Leichtbau is only part of the story as Silverstone Auctions’ most recent sale also involved many other valuable Porsches, including a 1989 911 Speedster (£164,250) and a 1961 356B Cabriolet (£123,750). There was also a much more attainable 1991 944 Turbo Cabriolet (£39,375) and models from other brands, such as a 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL (£83,813) and a gorgeous 1971 Aston Martin DB6 Mark II Vantage (£348,750).

Check the press release below for full results.

Source: Silverstone Auctions

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