Porsche 911 formerly owned by the Sultan of Brunei heads to auction
A 1995 Porsche 993 Turbo Cabriolet will go under the hammer at Coys' Spirit of Motoring Auction on October 17, and it can count one very special owner on the V5C – the Sultan of Brunei.
This particular Turbo Cabriolet would be rare even without the royal connection. One of just 14 built, it's the only example in existence with right-hand drive. Porsche's 993 model was not intended to be produced as a Cabriolet, but when German dealership chain MAHHAG requested it, Porsche built those 14 cars.
Not only is it a super-rare example, but it's in immaculate condition. This 993 has been part of a cherished collection since 2009, and presents with just 9,000km (5,600 miles) on the clock.
Initially, the car would have retailed for around $176,000 (£132,500). Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, said: "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 chassis number 8513 extends to two pages in order to cover the many options fitted."
In such beautiful condition, and with a former royal owner, the Porsche is expected to bring in some big bucks. The current auction estimate is £500,000-£700,000, though as ever with the uncertainty of auction sales it could be far above or below these figures. We'll find out the results of the auction shortly after it takes place on October 17.