This is a rare Porsche 356 Carrera Zagato Coupé ‘Sanction Lost’ and its heading to London as part of a 40 lot car auction to be held in association with the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run tomorrow…
RM Sotheby’s 15th annual London sale will include a host of rarities within a 40 car alongside lot list, alongside nine memorabilia lots, to be held in the capital at Waterloo place with live bidding on the 6th November.
Sanction Lost Program
The ‘Sanction Lost‘ program became a thing when Andrea Zagato made it their business to ‘deep dive’ and retrace Zagato’s archives in a bid to restructure and in the process, digitise the famous Milan coachbuilder’s history.
While it was no surprise to learn that French works driver and Gentleman Racer, Claude Storez had fallen in love with a 356, Andrea and his dedicated team stumbled across drawings of the car being transformed into a lightweight Speedster which he could take part in various races in. Unfortunately, at some point, the Speedster disappeared following a crash and was never seen again.
The Zagato team discovered that within 100 years of the company’s existence in excess of 440 designs could be accounted for and, while not all had survived, decided to name these ‘The Lost Designs’.
It was then decided to reincarnate the more beautiful designs in a project now known as ‘Sanction Lost’ whereby nine of the Speedsters and a further nine examples of the Coupé would be recreated by hand from original drawings with a blessing from Porche themselves.
A total of 18 cars were built using genuine Porsche 356s as donor cars, though only one Speedster and two Coupés were fitted with Carrera engines. Just like Storez’s car, the Speedster and one of the Coupés were finished in Bianco Gardenia with Red highlights on the iconic Zagato tailfins, matching the original colour scheme of the Storez’s Speedster.
1961 Porsche 356 Carrera Zagato Coupé ‘Sanction Lost’
This particular 1961 Porsche 356 Carrera Zagato Coupé ‘Sanction Lost’ is one of those nine units created by Zagato as part of the bespoke limited production run and is being offered by RM Sotheby’s at their forthcoming 15th annual London sale.
Following the Coupé’s completion, the vehicle was delivered to its new owner in 2017. Inside, the interior features red leather front seats, black leather ‘kinder’ small rear seats, a black carpet, and a Bianco Gardenia dash panel.
The Carrera Zagato Coupé joins an impressive line-up, including the first production example of the famous 4 ½-Litre Supercharged Tourer by Bentley (£3,800,000 – £4,200,000), one of the 53 C-Type models made by Jaguar (£4,000,000 – £4,500,000), 1928 Mercedes-Benz 630 Tourer (£650,000 – £800,000) and the first and only Ascari FGT prototype, designed by Lee Noble.
Images courtesy RM Sotheby’s
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