Silverstone Auctions enjoyed its highest grossing sale to date, with the two-day live online Silverstone Classic auction generating a remarkable £15.8 million and a 76% sell-through rate. The catalogue cover star, a right-hand drive 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV, was hammered away on day two for a well-deserved £1,912,500 (estimate £1,800,000 – 2,400,000).
Highlights among the ‘no reserve’ SA-30 Collection included an ex-Allan Simonsen 2008 Ferrari F430 GTC EVO, one of 14 built and a runner-up in the 2008 ALMS GT2 Championship, which sold for £374,625 (estimate £350,000 – 450,000); a right-hand drive, 18,340-mile 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS changed hands at £337,500 (estimate £300,000 – 350,000); and a left-hand drive 1992 Jaguar XJ220 with just 4,014km from new took £292,500 (estimate £290,000 – 350,000).
Both the elegant factory-built Citroën Décapotables on offer smashed their estimates; the 1965 DS19 – a rare right-hand drive car with a manual gearbox – had been restored in 1997 at a cost in excess of £30,000 and sold for £148,500 (estimate £90,000 – 105,000), and the left-hand drive DS21 EFi with the same estimate raised £135,000.
Other strong results included a 30,200-mile 1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STi – one of 399 built for the domestic market and imported by the vendor from Japan in 2004 – which blitzed its £70,000 – 80,000 guide, selling for £130,500; and a one-of-43, right-hand drive 1972 Bentley Corniche Convertible that had been the subject of a £110,000 restoration at Royce Service & Engineering brought £158,625 – decimating its £80,000 – 90,000 estimate.
A 1927 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model topped the results at Bonhams’ live online sale on 25 July, taking a mid-estimate £225,000. Chassis TN1559 started life as a Weymann saloon by Gurney Nutting, being rebodied after the war by the car's then owner as a lightweight two-seater roadster.
The top three was rounded off with a Slate Grey, 57,947-mile 1993 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 at £164,250 (estimate £100,000 – 130,000), and a 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 with minimal use since a £40,000 engine and gearbox overhaul which drew £112,000 (estimate £140,000 – 180,000).
1960s machinery finding new homes at Brightwells’ timed online auction included a 1963 Daimler SP250, owned by the seller since 1996 and regularly maintained and upgraded during his tenure, which fetched £31,360 (estimate £30,000 – 35,000), and a 1960 MGA 1600 Roadster, treated to a bare metal repaint and restoration in 2016, sold for its upper estimate at £25,760.
Modern classics fared well, with a restored 63,000-mile 1987 Ford Capri 280 Brooklands at £22,960 (estimate £23,000 – 25,000); a 53,000-mile 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage with 12 main dealer stamps at £26,610 (estimate £23,000 – 25,000); and a 1991 Vauxhall Lotus Carlton in need of restoration, having been off the road in long-term storage, at £15,254 (estimate £13,500 – 15,500).
A one-owner 2006 TVR Sagaris with 59,000 miles on the clock was the star performer at Barons’ 14 July sale, making £50,490 (estimate £40,000 – 50,000).
Historics opened its doors to the public at their July sale, held in the grounds surrounding Windsorview Lakes. Fine weather and an easing of the past few month’s lockdown restrictions ensured a healthy turnout of around 1,300 people attended on the day. Aston Martins dominated the big-ticket sales, a 1964 DB5 that had been restored in 2013 sold for £560,000 (estimate £540,000 – 640,000) while a 1965 example achieved £525,000 (estimate £570,000 – 650,000); a 40,685-mile 1989 V8 Vantage Volante X-Pack made its lower estimate £280,500, as did a 1961 DB4 – from 33 years of single-family ownership – at £275,000.
Elsewhere, a 2012 Spyker C8 Laviolette LM85 with just 569 miles on the clock soared past its £130,000 – 160,000 guide, selling for £224,000. One of only two examples of the limited edition model built in right-hand drive, the C8’s burnt orange and gun metal paintwork is inspired by Spyker’s GT2 racing cars, with the model designation ‘LM85’ referencing their race number at Le Mans each year from 2002.
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