Classic Astons and more at auction – which would you pick?

With more than 75 cars going under the hammer, and total sales reaching a value of over £3.6million, the Silverstone Auctions 2017 May Sale saw a wealth of classic and contemporary machines achieve big money.


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Aston Martins appeared in substantial numbers in the May Sale catalogue, with nine models – from old to new – going across the block. Some achieved impressive numbers, but others failed to find a buyer.

1971 Aston Martin DB6 MkII Vantage – £348,750

Most impressive of all the Astons was this stunning DB6 MkII Vantage, finished in Dubonnet Rosso paintwork with tan leather interior. This car spent almost two decades living in Australia, before returning to the UK. John Cleland – double British Touring Car Championship-winning driver – was the vendor parting ways with this car, but no doubt happy with a sale of almost £350,000.

1972 Aston Martin DBS – No Sale

Despite being one of only 450 DBS V8 Aston Martins produced, and having covered a scant 226 miles since 1994, this car failed to sell. If the 320hp 5.4-litre V8 takes your fancy, £70,000 plus a 15% buyer’s premium would secure the car now.

1967 Aston Martin DB6 – No Sale

Classic Astons and more at auction – which would you pick?

The DB6 is regarded by many as the last ‘real’ Aston Martin, and an association with James Bond films has always helped make them popular. But not enough for this Pacific Blue example to rack up a sale. Yours to buy post-auction for £250,000, plus fees.

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 – No Sale

Even with all-important FIVA papers giving potential access to compete in the classic Mille Miglia event, this left-hand drive DB2/4 failed to find a new owner. A buy-it-now price of £160,000 plus fees places it slightly above average values for these cars. Still, the Deep Carriage Green paintwork and beige leather make for a rather appealing classic British combination.

1979 Aston Martin V8 Volante – No Sale

Brutish but beautiful, this V8 Volante has had considerable sums of money spent on it in recent years. The 5.3-litre engine has been mated to a modern six-speed manual gearbox from a DB7, with the sale including the original automatic transmission, too. Despite being perfect for summer cruising, this was another Aston failing to find a winning bid.

2005 Aston Martin DB9 – £29,813

Not every Aston Martin at the May Sale was several decades old. With production of the DB9 having ended, this might be the time to invest in a V12-powered coupe. Having covered just over 45,000 miles, this Ghillies Green painted car sold for less than £30,000. So you could go and buy a new Volkswagen Golf R, or have an Aston Martin instead. No contest, really…

2006 Aston Martin DB9 – £43,313

Classic Astons and more at auction – which would you pick?

Slightly newer, and with fewer miles clocked up at just 17,600, this Tungsten Silver DB9 attracted a £14,000 premium over the last car. The gentle usage came from living in a garage with a Ferrari, Porsche, Bentley and Jaguar, whilst being used by the owner for trips to his Italian holiday home. How quintessentially Aston Martin.

1993 Porsche 911 Turbo S Leichtbau – £556,875

Of all the cars sold at the May Sale, this one attracted the most money through a dramatic bidding war, achieving £81,000 more than estimated. One of just 86 Turbo S ‘light build’ 964-type 911s made, this is a very rare car, and thus demanded big money even in the already red-hot classic Porsche market. Only six Turbo S Leichtbau cars were finished in Gloss Black, and this 376hp machine also features an interior finished in Rubystone leather. That’s a combination of pink, cherry and lilac if you’re wondering, and it looks as distinctive as you might imagine!

1973 Porsche 911 T – £42,750

Finished in a wonderful 1970s Sepia Brown, with a matching beige and brown interior, this left-hand drive 911 T began life in the USA. Perhaps the transatlantic origins, and accompanying ugly Federal-spec bumper overriders, meant this car achieved less than £43,000.

1961 Porsche 356B Cabriolet – £123,750

Having first lived in Germany, before spending time in Ireland and the Canary Islands, this particular beautiful 356B Cabriolet has certainly been well travelled. Owned by the same family for the past 52 years, and having undergone a thorough restoration, it is unsurprising that this particular 356B achieved such an impressive price.

1958 Porsche 356A Reutter Coupe – £76,500

Classic Astons and more at auction – which would you pick?

Nice at almost half the price of the 356B Cabriolet, this earlier Coupe model is described as having mellowed into the ‘look of a much loved family pet’ according to Silverstone Auctions. Or having developed a certain ‘patina’ as those in the classic car scene might say. Either way, it was a sufficiently attractive and usable Porsche to attract over £75,000.

1989 Porsche 911 Speedster £164,250

Ordered in a ‘Triple Black’ combination of black paintwork, black leather interior, and black hood, Australia was the original home of this rare 911 Speedster. Perhaps that heat-retaining colour scheme resulted in the less than 5,600 miles being racked up for this car, before being exported to the UK in 2014. With just 139 right-hand drive Speedsters produced, the final value reflects their rarity.

1992 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight – No Sale

Despite a formidable reputation amongst collectors and motoring journalists alike, this rare 964 Carrera RS Lightweight failed to find a new owner after a trip across the auction block. Having amassed some 71,000 miles, it’s safe to say this particular RS has been used as Zuffenhausen intended. Yours to buy now for £170,000 plus fees.

1985 Ferrari 308 GTS QV “Modified’ – £54,000

There were a number of Ferrari 308 models up for auction, but this one was slightly more distinctive. The ‘modified’ tag refers to the fact the regular 3.0-litre V8 engine was replaced with a 4.8-litre V12 in the late 1980s. One of only four cars in the world known to have undergone this particular transplant, this is certainly a rare machine. However, as not an approved factory conversion, this car is excluded from desirable Ferrari Classiche status.

1985 Ferrari 308 GTS Quattrovalve – £87,750

Classic Astons and more at auction – which would you pick?

Proving that originality, and the iconic combination of Rosso Corsa paint and Crema leather interior are always attractive, was this 308 GTS QV. First supplied to Mr Hendrickson from County Durham back in August 1985, in over three decades only 38,500 have miles have been travelled in it. A sale price of just under £88,000 is on track with market trends for these increasingly collectable cars.

1989 Ferrari 328 GTS – £103,500

Following on from the 308 GTS models, just as it did in Ferrari production lineage, is this 328 GTS. Having covered just over 5,000 miles from new, and having spent the last two decades living in a heated garage, this Rosso Corsa GTS has lived a particularly pampered life. It’s worth noting that the distinctive BUL 11T registration number wasn’t included in the £103,500 sale price.

1996 Ferrari F355 Spider – £91,125

Fast becoming a true modern classic, interest in the Ferrari F355 has increased rapidly of late, with values rising accordingly. Finished in rare Giallo Modena, complete with Nero leather featuring Giallo stitching, it certainly makes for a divergent alternative to the typical Rosso red. Featuring the desirable exposed-gate six-speed manual gearbox, this car is certainly deserving of the £91,125 price achieved.

1960 Bentley S2 – £29,250

A genuine piece of rock and roll history, this Bentley sold for less than that hypothetical new Volkswagen Golf R. Bought by Sir Ray Davies of The Kinks following the success of hit-single ‘Lola’, Davies had to be chauffeured by his wife as he was unable to drive at the time. The car would also feature in a photo shoot for the ‘Preservation’ album by the band. Kept in storage since 1991, even VIP ancestry was unable to disguise the need for restoration work.

1973 BMW 3.0 CSL – £83,313

Classic Astons and more at auction – which would you pick?

Originally estimated to fetch just £45,000, this Fjord Blue 3.0 CSL sparked an intense bidding war that resulted in a final price of over £83,000. We’re sure the seller will be pleased with that, and will console them at saying goodbye to this rare homologation special edition, having been owned by the same family since the late 1970s.

1989 BMW Z1 – £32,063

The first BMW ‘Z’ car featured a party piece of having doors which retracted vertically into the side sills, along with body panels that could be replaced with (relative) ease. With 8,000 produced in total, and all in left-hand drive, the Z1 is an interesting niche classic, but one with steadily rising values.

1998 BMW 840Ci Sport – £18,563

Pop-up headlights, a 4.4-litre V8 engine, leather interior and all the toys and gadgets you could ever need. This big coupe was something of a bargain when it passed through the auction hall, despite the comprehensive service history and understated colour combination. As one of the last examples of the 8-Series to be built, this one will undoubtedly only rise in value.

1992 Alpina E34 B10 Bi-Turbo – £38,250

More powerful than the equivalent E34 BMW M5, and with a higher top speed at 180mph due to a lack of an electronic limiter, the B10 Bi-Turbo was a rare and expensive choice when new. A twin-turbo version of the regular 3.5-litre straight-six engine produced 360hp and 384lb-ft of torque. All 507 examples were built in left-hand drive, with this car having originally started life in Leipzig, Germany.

1990 BMW E30 M3 – £52,875

Classic Astons and more at auction – which would you pick?

Unquestionably the hottest ticket in the classic BMW world at present, demand for E30 M3 models is almost unstoppable. Despite a relatively high mileage at 80,000, and not even being a rare Evo 2 or Sport Evo version, this car was still able to achieve a hefty final sale price. If you haven’t already, now is the time to check your garage to make sure you haven’t abandoned an E30 M3 in it.

1993 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo 2 – £41,063

Much like the E30 M3, this homologation hero might be left-hand drive only, but that hasn’t stopped values pushing up ever more. A sale price of over £41,000 was an impressive £15,000 more than originally estimated for this Monza Red Evo 2 Integrale. A recent major service, and life in a special ‘Airflow Chamber’ no doubt helped to increase the desirability of this car. We just hope the new owner makes use of it as intended, and not just as an investment trinket.

1998 Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution – £18,563

Bought by ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed in 1999 when at the peak of his illustrious boxing career, this special edition Pajero was owned by him until late last year. A 3.5-litre V6 produces 276hp, and was built to allow Mitsubishi to compete in the Paris-Dakar rally. Aggressive bodywork, and Recaro sports seats, completed the transformation into rally raid machine. At less than £19,000, perhaps the market for these Pajeros is yet to take off.

2010 Ford Mk2 Focus RS – No Sale

Another car that might be ahead of modern classic status, not least due to the attention currently being given to the new Mk3 Focus RS. Even having covered just 11,000 miles from new, and with only one recorded owner, this wasn’t enough to attract a winning bid on the block. Available to buy now at £26,000 plus fees – a price that pushes it dangerously close to the same territory as that new Mk3 Focus RS.

2008 Farbio GTS400 – No Sale

Classic Astons and more at auction – which would you pick?

Originally named the Farbourd GTS for its creator Arash Farbourd, then becoming the Farbio GTS, followed by being titled the Ginetta F400, and finally Ginetta G60. Yes, this car was sold under a number of different names between 2003 and 2011. This 2008-spec Farbio GTS used a 3.0-litre supercharged Ford V6 producing 400hp, and capable of 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds. New it would have cost from £94,000, but failed to find a buyer at Silverstone. Work out the naming heritage, and it can be yours for just £56,500 plus fees.

1966 Volkswagen Beach Buggy GP Mk1 – £10,688

What better way to live out your Californian dreams this summer than behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Beach Buggy? This particular car has been unaltered since leaving the factory in 1966, and in great condition despite being left alone in an overgrown garden. Less than £11,000 seems a bargain way of looking cool, even if you happen to be in Skegness not San Diego.

1954 Chevrolet C1 Corvette – £61,875

When first launched the Chevrolet Corvette was more boulevard cruiser than throbbing V8-powered mean machine. The earliest cars, like this one, featured a 3.9-litre ‘Blue Flame’ straight-six engine. Having undergone a substantial overhaul since arriving in the UK, including £18,600 on a new paint job and interior re-trim, this car could be worth over £75,000 back in the USA.

1981 DeLorean DMC-12 – £35,438

Yes, indeed, it’s the car from the Back to the Future movies. Ok, it’s not the actual DMC-12 from the films – it most likely would have attracted substantially more money for that. As it would have, had it been a 24 Carat gold plated special edition. But no, this is a regular DeLorean, imported to the UK in 2016 and featuring the standard 2.9-litre V6 engine with 130hp. Which means stainless steel body, and those wonderful gull-wing doors. Worth it for almost everyone asking if it’ll hit 88mph…

1965 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster – £112,500

Classic Astons and more at auction – which would you pick?

A total of eight E-Type Jaguars went across the block at the May Sale, but this was the one which pulled in the highest price. Arguably prettiest of all the E-Type versions, this Series I car features a 4.2-litre straight-six engine. Finished in Indigo Blue, rather than being another green Jaguar, also makes this car stand out. A wealthy service history, but without being restored, should keep the new owner both happy and busy.

1985 Ford Capri 2.0 Laser – £14,625

Can a 2.0-litre Capri be considered an auction classic? Yes, especially when it has covered only 4,500 miles since rolling off the production line. Bought new by a Ford enthusiast who serviced it every year as required, but kept the mileage incredibly low, this is a genuine time-warp car. As a credit to the original owner, this Capri easily justified over £14,000 when the hammer fell. Proof that a well-cared for car will come good in the end.