Taj Ma Garaj Collection To Be Offered Without Reserve

Porsche 356 Limousine Custom
1953 Porsche 356 Limousine Custom

The desirable Taj Ma Garaj Collection featuring more than 30 rare and eclectic Porsche and Volkswagen motor cars alongside 356 lots of memorabilia and collectables from the late renowned collector, Mr John Dixon will be offered on 28th September 2019.

RM Sotheby’s has now released the catalogue for The Taj Ma Garaj Collection sale which is set to include an eclectic mix of rarities including the 1969 Porsche 912 Coupe by Karmann stands out as possibly the finest and most original low-mileage example available (Est. $125,000 – $175,000, without reserve).

1953 Porsche 356 Limousine Custom

Created under the watchful eye of Don Boeke, known as ‘the Egyptian’ at his eponymous Dayton, Ohio, customizing shop, the highly bespoke and ‘marmite’ 356 limousine was born. Assembled from several stripped Porsche 356 donor cars, the team Boeke gave this over-sized German senior citizen a new lease of life.

Taj Ma Garaj Collection - Porsche 356 Limousine Custom
1953 Porsche 356 Limousine Custom

The front portion of the car is a relatively early 1953 ‘bent-window’ 356 that was dispatched to the French market through local importer Sonauto in February 1953. These ‘bent-window’ cars were the first to feature a single pane of windshield glass in place of two individual panels separated by a fine pillar, as Porsche had envisioned in post-war Germany when materials were hard to come by.

The front end also predated the small horn vents below the headlights, which gives the car an especially clean look. The custom Porsche is finished in Grand Prix White, an appropriate hue for a limousine.

The 1953 Porsche 356 Limousine Custom has an estimate of $150,000 – $250,000, without reserve and will be accompanied by a 1970 Volkswagen Beetle hand-crafted in wrought iron by master blacksmith Rafael Esparza-Prieto (Est. $40,000 – $60,000, without reserve).

Among the most interesting lots in the collection is a partially restored 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring, painted in Grand Prix White with blue graphics. A desirable first-series example with known ownership history from new and offered with its matching-numbers engine alongside mechanical and trim parts aplenty, this RS 2.7 Touring is a perfect opportunity for a determined collector to complete the project as-is or to start anew (Est. $400,000 – $450,000, without reserve).

Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring
Partially restored 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring

Other featured lots will include a rare 1971 Mangosta Sport Buggy, one of just six believed to have been built and emblematic of the 1970s with its metallic root-beer-brown gel coat and stripes (Est. $50,000 – $75,000, without reserve).

All information on this auction can be found via this link.

Images courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

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