[YesAuto Wonderful Car Life] Last weekend, Sotheby's (RM Sotheby's) auction house held its 36th private collection auction in Dayton, Ohio, USA. This auction was for the late famous car collector John Collection in the Taj Ma Garaj Automobile Museum founded by John Dixon.
The one-day auction showed a total of 32 rare Porsche and Volkswagen models, as well as 356 precious car accessories and parts. It is worth mentioning that there is no reserve price for all the lots in the Taj Ma Garaj auction, which has attracted collectors and car fans from more than 20 countries around the world to bid wildly. Sotheby's auction house stated that 60% of the bidders were new customers of the auction house, which shows how important the Taj Ma Garaj Museum is in the hearts of Porsche and Volkswagen fans.
The auction day was packed. Everyone wanted to take home John Dixon’s private collection. 40% of the bidders participated in the auction through telephone and online auctions. Several of the cars were auctioned by telephone bids alone. People bid fiercely. The highest transaction price of the day was a Porsche 356 A Carrera GT Speedster produced in 1957. The special feature of this car is that the original 1.5L engine was used in the car participating in the Carrera Pan American race in Mexico. It is reported that this car Only 12 cars were produced, and the final transaction price was fixed at 1.38 million U.S. dollars (about 9.384 million yuan). The 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe customized by John Dixon sold for US$368,000 (approximately 2.63 million yuan), far exceeding the estimated price.
A Porsche 924 Carrera GTS Club Sport (937), which produced only 15 cars in 1981, has a driving range of only 15 kilometers. Porsche built this car to participate in the Le Mans endurance race, in order to meet the requirements of the FIA. Porsche built 50 924 Carrera GTS, of which 15 Club Sport version engine displacement increased to 2.1L, the maximum power of 280 horsepower. In the end, the car was sold for 357,000 U.S. dollars (approximately 2.55 million U.S. dollars), which was equal to the previous estimate.
The most fascinating thing at the auction was a white Porsche 356 extended wedding car remodeled in 1959 by John Dixon for his daughter’s wedding. John Dixon commissioned Egyption Custom Body in Dayton, Ohio, based on A Porsche 356 in 1953 created this unique wedding car. The elongated body adopts a side-by-side door design, the saddle brown interior material is quite elegant, and the roof has a sunroof. The bid for this extended version of the Porsche 356 was very fierce, and it was finally sold for US$207,200 (approximately 1.48 million yuan). John Dixon’s Porsche 356 is more than one, and each one is quite distinctive or weird, and so is his collection of Volkswagen…
A 1958 Porsche 356 A Sedan Delivery “Kreuzer” was estimated to cost between 100,000 and 150,000 US dollars. John Dixon converted the 1958 Porsche 356 A into a truck. The rear part of the body is heightened and extended to the rear to increase the rear storage space. Money is so capricious, but this car is semi-finished because it is not equipped with an engine. Other lots contain a lot of precious Porsche literature, engines and other parts and even arcade machines.
John Dixon has been obsessed with Porsche since high school. It is said that one day he was overtaken by a Porsche 911 while driving a Ford Mustang. At that moment John Dixon knew this was love… John Dixon’s daughter Hilary Dixon Hillary Dixon West said, “This auction will be a process for our family to relive the good old days. It reflects my father’s love for Porsche and the status of the Taj Ma Garaj Museum in everyone’s hearts.” (The picture comes from Li Haopeng, the home of the network car)