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NOV 18th 2014

How much?! Porsche 904‑6 Carrera copy smashes estimate at auction

Not so long ago a ‘reproduction car’ carried with it connotations of iffy build-quality, rusty donor cars and inappropriate switchgear, but increasingly the signs are that a modern reproduction (if it is a faithful nut-and-bolt recreation of a car which has found its place in the firmament), can attract a gargantuan price tag. 

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We mentioned recently a Porsche 904 GTP which is estimated to go for between £1,100,000 and £1,300,000 next month. That’s a huge chunk of change and when we saw that a faithful recreation of a 904 GTS  – complete with all the right bits – was being offered at auction with an upper estimate of £90,000, we reckoned that to be good value. Perhaps even too good …

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In fact the recreation has sold for £146,250, shattering the estimate. That said, it could still be considered decent value bearing in mind that it features a 2.5-litre, short stroke, twin-plug motor (arguably the holy grail of Porsche flat-sixes) which reportedly churns out 220bhp. The vendors even reckon that with a couple of parts swapped-over in the interest of compliance, it could even be granted historic papers and raced alongside original 904s at historic motorsport events.

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Given the cost of replacing an original car which could (perish the thought) be badly damaged or even destroyed, it’s no surprise there’s a growing case for the ‘nut-and-bolt’ recreation car going racing.

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