World’s Finest Porsche Collection Heading to Amelia Island Auction

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A host of historically-important racing stars will be presented at auction for the first time.

The Drendel Family Collection, made up of 18 road and race Porsches from 1973 to 1997, is recognized as the world's finest private collection of its kind. On 9 March, the entire consignment will be crossing the block with Gooding & Company at the Amelia Island Auction. To accommodate the extensive collection, the start of the auction has been pushed back to 11am, at which time Porsche enthusiasts and collectors from around the world will compete to own a significant piece of Porsche's motorsport heritage.

"Matthew Drendel built what has become the world's most significant private collection of turbocharged Porsches," says David Gooding, President and founder of Gooding & Company. "It's a very rare occurrence when a refined, single-marque collection of high-quality road and race cars is offered to the public." The collection ranges from a $30,000 1991 Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet to a $4 million 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder that houses a 1,000 hp turbocharged flat-twelve, with plenty of million-dollar plus Porsches in between.

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For those with a less extravagant budget, no-reserve picks up for auction include a 1992 Porsche 968 Turbo RS, a 1981 Porsche 924 GTP 'Le Mans,' and a 1987 McLaren-Porsche MP4/3 Formula One; although the latter is expected to fetch around half-a-million dollars. There's also a 1976 Porsche 935/76, which is the first 935 ever built, a back-to-back 24 Hours of Daytona winner in the form of a $2 million 1984 Porsche 962, and a 1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution, one of four factory team cars ever built.

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