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AS WE went to print a unique Porsche 911 Turbo SE owned by Ju­das Priest lead gui­tarist Glenn Tip­ton was be­ing auc­tioned by Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions at the Porsche Sale

Col­lected by Tip­ton from the Porsche fac­tory while on tour in Europe in 1985, the 911 Turbo SE was the in­spi­ra­tion for him pen­ning the plat­inum-sell­ing al­bum Turbo, and best-sell­ing sin­gle, Turbo Lover.

“We had a tour of the fac­tory at Stuttgart and

I was so im­pressed with the engi­neer­ing and how metic­u­lous they were when build­ing cars, and I just had to have one,” re­calls Tip­ton of his 1985 tour.

Tip­ton’s 911 fea­tures a unique Chif­fon White colour scheme, with spe­cial SE en­hance­ments of vented rear wheel arches, sill ex­ten­sions and soft leather trim.

The 911 Turbo SE, with an es­ti­mated price of £180,000— £220,000 (AUD $300-370k), was Tip­ton’s pride and joy for over three decades, but his de­mand­ing mu­sic ca­reer meant he has rarely had the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy the wail of the turbo-flat six. As a re­sult, it has only cov­ered 14,100 miles.

“I live out in the sticks, and it has to be nice weather to take the Porsche out, so I hardly ever use it," said Tip­ton. “It’s time for it to go to some­one who will get some use of it, but it’s go­ing to be very hard to let it go.”

Al­ready metic­u­lously main­tained by Tip­ton, in prepa­ra­tion for the sale the 911 Turbo SE was sent to highly re­spected spe­cial­ists Two Plus Two for a full 'once over' to en­sure it's auc­tion ready.

“We feel very priv­i­leged to of­fer this im­por­tant car for sale for the very first time in its his­tory,” added Nick Whale, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions. “Cars with this unique his­tory, sin­gle own­er­ship, and known prove­nance, rarely come to mar­ket and this spe­cial car is a real op­por­tu­nity for the en­thu­si­ast and col­lec­tor alike.”

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