Silverstone Auctions sold an outstanding 89% of the cars on offer at its first live online auction on 23 May generating a sale total of £4.64 million, with spirited bidding pushing several lots way over estimate. A tool-room copy Jaguar D-Type achieved the highest price of the day at £390,500, blitzing its £225,000 – 275,000 guide, while the top three was rounded off with a Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 at £336,600 (estimate £260,000 – 290,000) and a Terry Drury built Ford GT40 at £308,000 (estimate £325,000 – 375,000).
A 1971 Porsche 911 2.7 RS Recreation with an estimate of £75,000 – 90,000 attracted strong interest on the phones and online, finally selling for a remarkable £161,700 after a marathon bidding session. Put together by Autohaus Hamilton in New South Wales using a 911E as a base, it featured a 2.7 Carrera engine plus many original RS parts and was more recently treated to an interior refresh at Porsche Centre Tonbridge.
Other notable results included a time-warp 20,400-mile 1961 Jaguar Mk II 3.8 with unbroken provenance and a wealth of documents at £93,500 (estimate £50,000 - £60,000), and a 1987 BMW M3 from Jay Kay’s collection, recently upgraded to competition spec, that went for £92,950 (estimate £48,000 – 56,000).
Among the Ferraris successfully hammered away; a 1982 512 BBi with only 21,000 miles and single-family ownership from new made a well-deserved £189,200 (estimate £175,000 – 220,000), and a 1999 360 Modena with an equally scant 7,600 miles on the clock fetched £68,200 (estimate £65,000 – 75,000).
H&H’s catalogue star, a 1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB Vanden Plas located in New Zealand, changed hands at their 27 May live online auction, commanding a winning bid of £101,250 (estimate £80,000 – 100,000).
All three Ferraris on offer at Brightwells’ timed auction found new homes; a left-hand drive, manual gearbox 1999 F355 Berlinetta took £52,000 (estimate £62,000 – 70,000), with a right-hand drive 34,500-mile 2001 360 Spider drawing £45,000 (estimate £48,000 – 52,000), and a three-owner 1982 308 GTBi making a mid-estimate £38,650.
A six-owner 1957 Jaguar Mk I 3.4 with 54,032 miles from new brought £21,000 (estimate £23,500 – 26,000). One of a dwindling number of UK-supplied right-hand drive cars with manual overdrive still surviving, it had been the subject of a bare metal repaint and more recently received a suspension overhaul and interior refurb after the previous owner’s purchase in 2013.
Other highlights included an unfinished restoration project, left-hand drive 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SL at £25,500 (estimate £20,000 – 25,000) and a non-running ex-Mouldsworth Motor Museum 1932 MG F-Type Magna at £19,200 (estimate £10,000 – 13,000).
Brightwells achieved a highly commendable 77% sell-through rate, especially given the restrictions in place at the time preventing viewings taking place.
A 1966 Aston Martin DB6 headed the results at Bonhams live online sale on 30 May, selling for £146,250 (estimate £175,000 – 225,000). It underwent an engine rebuild to 4.2-litre unleaded spec in 2005 and the following year a ZF four-speed automatic gearbox replaced the original unit.
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