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04 May 2021

Collecting Cars presents: "The Leonard Collection"

One of the most impressive assemblies of modern Porsche road cars, featuring some of the rarest Rennsport models


Joined by Chris Harris, Club partners Collecting Cars presents "The Leonard Collection", a highly prized assembly of high performance and track orientated Porsches.
One of the most impressive collections of modern Porsche road cars is now live for bids on the Collecting Cars auction platform - and all lots are for sale at No Reserve.
Less than 24 hours after opening for bids, the 38 vehicles of The Leonard Collection already have a total current bidding value of £4.89 million, with the highest bid standing at £662,722 for the 2006 Porsche Carrera GT at the time of writing. The auctions close for bids on Sunday 16 May from 18:00 BST.

The astonishing set of cars has a particular focus on rare Porsche ‘RS’ models, and has been assembled over the last decade by an enthusiast with an obsession for originality and quality.

Highlights of the collection include:

The brand new 30-year-old Porsche

With its lightweight specification and pared-back interior, the Porsche 964 Carrera RS is one of the marque’s most coveted driver’s cars. There are three examples on offer, with the most remarkable being a 1991 car in Guards Red that is - incredibly - still unregistered and has delivery mileage of just 164km. It represents a genuine opportunity to buy a ‘brand new’ Porsche 964, 30 years after it left the factory.


The unique supercar

While the collection is full of special cars, the 2006 Porsche Carrera GT is truly unique. Finished in rare Fayence Yellow, it was ordered from the factory with a bespoke leather interior by the marque’s Exclusiv Manufaktur department, making it one-of-a-kind. It is renowned for its sensational performance and handling, and this car is also fresh from a major service.

The first ‘Rennsport’ 911

Among the most hallowed of collector cars, the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS stands out as the first coupe to wear the ‘Rennsport’ badge. The car on offer is one of only 11 examples known to have left the factory finished in the Aubergine hue, and more significantly a sum of £115,000 has been invested in a bare-metal restoration, mechanical rebuild and recent fine detailing. It also boasts fantastic provenance, having formerly been in the collection of Jamiroquai frontman, Jay Kay.

The ultimate 911?

Dubbed as such by Evo magazine’s Roger Green at launch, the Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 is undoubtedly one of the greatest 911s of all time. Combining a 493bhp ‘Mezger’ flat-six with a slick manual transmission and sublime dynamics, it has earned a reputation for being one of the most exciting driver’s cars. Exceptionally rare in right-hand drive, the car on offer is finished in Carrara White with matching white wheels, ceramic brakes and the suspension lift system. It also has just 713 miles from new - making it likely the nearest thing to a brand-new RS 4.0 that it is possible to find.
The collection’s focus on some of the rarest roadgoing 911 ‘Rennsport’ models is also particularly appropriate given the platform’s official auction partner status with Porsche Club GB.
Founder and CEO of Collecting Cars, Edward Lovett said: “It has been our pleasure to work with the seller of The Leonard Collection to bring these exceptional cars to market on the platform, and all at No Reserve. It is an astonishing offering from a passionate enthusiast who has spent years sourcing the highest-quality examples available, and there is no doubt the cars will capture the imaginations of our global audience of bidders.
In addition to the 23 Porsche models on offer, a further 15 vehicles are also being sold, which include a 2004 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale and 2008 Ferrari 430 Scuderia, two examples of the rare 1990s F512 M supercar, a fully restored 1972 Chevrolet Corvette ‘Stingray’, and a sensational 2005 Ford GT with every factory option.
The quality and originality of the cars in The Leonard Collection is evident throughout the lots on offer. While some have been only sparingly driven and preserved, many have been fully enjoyed as intended, and kept fastidiously maintained. The vendor has found great pleasure in owning these exceptional cars, and they are all now offered to a new set of enthusiasts at No Reserve, closing for bids on Sunday 16 May from 18:00 BST.

Click here to scroll through the full list of cars appearing on the auction site.

About Collecting Cars:
Since its launch in June 2019, Collecting Cars has established itself as a leader in the world of online auctions, with global sales of more than £85 million to date. The platform curates consignments from across the UK, mainland Europe and Australia and markets them to bidders around the world. The streamlined process makes buying and selling cars via online auctions one of the most effective and hassle-free ways of transacting.
The business has built a dedicated platform powered by proprietary technology for the purpose of ensuring a simple and enjoyable experience for both buyers and sellers. The platform provides a safe, smart and simple online auction experience where sellers can have confidence in the bidding and buyers can have confidence in the cars.

Quick facts:
  • To date, the Collecting Cars platform has sold more than 2,500 lots, and total sales value generated for sellers around the world exceeds £85 million. The disruptive technology business continues to grow at a significant pace.
  • While UK-headquartered, the car auction company is now multi-national, with offices in Munich and Sydney, and with Los Angeles opening soon.
  • More than 90% of sales since launch have happened without a physical viewing, underscoring the significant trust that Collecting Cars has earned among its sellers and bidders.

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