Porsche 911 Turbo S Leichtbau ignites auction passion image

As the main course at the Silverstone Auctions’ May event, this 1993 Porsche 911 S Turbo Leichtbau (“Lightweight”) came out as a victor after a “bidding war” that saw its auction prize go down at no less than £556,875.

This is seriously a huge chunk of money – you could buy a house in a very expensive location around the world and still have some change left to purchase a new Porsche Panamera Turbo. The dispute led to a race between two bidders at the end – after initially many more tried to get the example that is part of an 86-unit series. This left-hand-drive Leichtbau #51 is also rare among its siblings as being one of just six getting the Gloss Black color and seat leather upholstery with a three-tone theme also applied onto the steering wheel.

The 911 Turbo S Leichtbau was 397 pounds (180 kilograms) lighter than the 911 Turbo of the day, thanks to carbon fiber and aluminum use, as well as leaving behind the rear seats, while getting by with glass and carpets, as well as Kevlar-made luggage lid and rear spoiler. The total horsepower count surged to 381 hp – 61 more than the regular iteration – from the single-turbo 3.3-liter six-cylinder engine linked to a five-speed manual transmission.