Rare Dayton Taj Ma Garaj car collection to be auctioned by RM Sotheby

More than 30 rare Porsche and Volkswagen cars will be up for bid in September through an auction of the contents of Dayton’s Taj Ma Garaj.

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More than 30 rare Porsche and Volkswagen cars will be up for bid in September through an auction of the contents of Dayton’s Taj Ma Garaj.

The cars and other collectibles that will be up for auction were onced owned by John Dixon, who died in 2013. Dixon kept his collection in the Taj Ma Garaj, his building at 300 S. Perry St. which was also used as an event space.

The collection will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s on Sept. 28.

Besides his rare cars, the auction includes 350 items up for bid such as automobilia, collectibles, rare literature, engines, and more, according to RM Sotheby’s.

“The late John Dixon’s love affair with Porsche began the day a 911 passed him while he was driving his muscle car on the freeway in high school, and the rest is history,” the auction house wrote. “John purchased his first Porsche the following year and began seriously building his collection in the 1990s. Now, the Taj Ma Garaj is an eclectic Porsche paradise, featuring over 30 various Porsche and Volkswagen motor cars, along with more than 350 lots of memorabilia including sought-after Porsche unobtainium, rare literature, collectibles, engines, and an assortment of arcade ephemera.”

“The Taj Ma Garaj building is truly a Porsche enthusiast’s heaven,” Donnie Gould, RM Sotheby’s senior car specialist, said in a statement. “John Dixon was as knowledgeable about his cars as he was passionate, and what he has assembled represents sought-after high watermarks in Porsche production, alongside cars like a wrought-iron Beetle that are just plain fun. We look forward to presenting the Collection this fall and welcoming fellow Porsche collectors from far and wide.”

Some of the rare Porsches include:

A 1952 Porsche 356 Cabriolet by Gläser, chassis no. 12355. An extremely rare car to begin with, of which less than one tenth survive today and ever fewer in restored and running condition, this Gläser Cabriolet wears many beautiful and interesting features, unique to a pre-A 356, including its one-piece bent windshield, turbo beauty rings, a rare Telefunken radio, a braided leather grab handle on the interior of the doors, and more. Having undergone a meticulous restoration commissioned by John Dixon, the incredible details of the 356 Cabriolet become more evident the more time is spent with the car (Est. $375,000 - $425,000);

A 1957 Porsche 356 A Carrera GT Speedster Coachwork by Reutter, chassis no. 83622. Essentially the ultimate speedster to own, the 356 A Carrera GT is a fantastic example of the lightest, most race prepared version of the model. Featuring a lightened chassis, the GT-spec four-cam motor, 80-litre gas tank, 60mm ventilated brakes, and a very rare steel hard top, the GT has been part of the Taj Ma Garaj Collection for two decades and is accompanied by extensive documentation (Est. $1,500,000 - $2,000,000);

A 1967 Porsche 911 S Coupe, chassis no. 305860 S. One of the best, most original, and lowest-mileage examples available, the 911 S wears its original paintwork and interior, and has seen just three owners and 28,000 miles from new. Originally delivered to an oil company executive who had a very special relationship with the factory, the car features nearly every available option as a tourist delivery car prepared by Porsche, which is extensively documented in the car's history file, down to personal correspondence and an envelope containing the original metallic paint sample for the car (Est. $350,000 - $450,000);

An exceedingly rare 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GTS Clubsport, chassis no. WP0ZZZ93ZBS710038. Just 406 GT examples were built for homologation, 59 of which were Evolution Series cars produced by Weissach and known as the GTS, of which a mere 15 were Clubsport examples. The Clubsport is even lighter, features Plexiglas sliding windows, an electric cut-off switch, roll bar, 935 seats, and more. Showing an incredible 47km since new, this is undoubtedly the lowest mileage example in existence (Est. $250,000 - $350,000);

A 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo, chassis no. WP0AC2996VS375198, ordered directly through Porsche by Dixon as a uniquely specified car, wearing $45,000 in bespoke options including a paint-to-sample Pearl Metallic finish with matching wheels, a dark root wood interior package with an abundance of extra leather features, velour carpeting, and more. The Turbo currently shows just over 2,500 miles from new and is likely the most highly optioned, lowest mileage example of the last of the air-cooled 911, hailing from its original owner (Est. $225,000 - $275,000);

More information is online at rmsothebys.com.

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