A rare Porsche owned by the Sultan of Brunei could fetch over £700,000 at auction.
The 1995 Porsche 911 (993) Turbo is just one of 14 Cabriolet models ever made – and the only right-hand drive example.
And the stunning drop-top has a top speed of over 180mph thanks to its 3.6-litre turbocharged engine with 360bhp.
The car wasn’t even meant to be made.
Despite the 911 Turbo’s success in the 1980s and 1990s, Porsche never committed to a convertible.
That was until a German dealer convinced the firm he could shift a limited edition to super-rich owners.
Fritz Haberl, owner of a chain of dealers in Munich, believed there was a market for a 993 Turbo Cabriolet.
Porsche said they’d build 12 if Haberl could find owners up front – and the Sultan of Brunei, famed for his extravagant motors, was handpicked as one.
Six models were sold in Germany and six others were shipped around the world with chassis number 8513 heading to Brunei in May 1995.
The one-off right-hand drive model has a guide price of £700,000 but a similar car sold for more than £1million in France earlier this year.
Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys auction house, said: “These were set to be one of the most exclusive models Porsche had ever built, and hid much of their performance potential under a subtle and stylish cabriolet exterior.
“Porsche eventually built just 14 of these cars. The retail price at the time was $176,000 (£133,000).
“These exclusive cars were fitted with unique features, including 17 inch cup alloy wheels, electrically operated Komfort seats, rear spoiler, air conditioning and a special four-brand exhaust system, amongst others.
“The Porsche certificate of Authenticity for #8513 extends to two pages in order to cover the many options fitted.”
This unique model will be sold by Coys at its Spirit of Motoring auction in London’s Royal Horticultural Halls on October 17.
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