As the ultimate test, Porsche fielded the brand new 911 GT3 R at this weekend's VLN race at the Nürburgring. This is a most important new competition car for Porsche as it will be eligible for all the major sports car championships and endurance races from the 2024 season onwards. It is powered by a slightly enlarged version of the GT3 flat-six, which will have a broader usable rev band and is rated at 557 bhp. This figure may change due to the balance of performance measures used to level the playing field. The prototype 911 GT3 R was fielded by the works Manthey Racing team and finished an impressive third overall at its debut.
On the Belgian North Sea coast, Bonhams held their annual Zoute Sale this weekend. Grossing over €24 million, the auction set a new record for a sale in Belgium. The most expensive car to change hands was this BMW 507 Roadster. A very early example, it came equipped with Rudge wheels and the very rare factory hard-top. Among the most recent custodians have been Lukas Hüni and BMW Classic. Chassis 70019 now found a new owner for just over €2 million.
A particularly fascinating car consigned was this Lamborghini Miura P400. One of the last built, it had had just two owners between 1985 and 2022. They could have not be more different as the first cherished the car and regularly used. The other decided to put the car on permanent display from 2005 onwards. As a result, 3769 most likely has a seized engine. It nevertheless far exceeded its relatively modest estimate and sold for €1.1 million. Hopefully, the new owner will right the wrongs done by the vendor.

Enjoy the links:

1957 BMW 507 (70019)

1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 (3769)

2023 Porsche 911 GT3 R