From fabulous Ferraris to fast Fords, there’s something for everyone at the Silverstone Classic Sale 2016. We’ve sifted through the lot list to pick our favourite cars, each one set to go under the hammer at the Silverstone circuit on the 30th and 31st July 2016.
Ford GT: £200,000 – £230,000
No, not the original Ford GT40 or indeed the all-new Ford GT, but the one that now sits in the middle. This particular Ford GT left the factory in 2005 and has been upgraded to deliver in excess of 600 hp. A snip at just under a quarter of a million pounds.
AC Ace Bristol: £165,000 – £185,000
Power from a straight-six Bristol engine makes this the most sought-after of all AC Ace models. It’s a 1958 car delivered new to British Columbia Sports Cars in Canada, prior to arriving back in England in 1990.
Ferrari 575M Maranello: £160,000 – £180,000
The 575M Maranello was the first road-going Ferrari V12 to feature an F1-style gearbox, while the 575 signified its 5,750cc displacement. With a top speed in excess of 200mph and a 0-62 time of 4.2 seconds, this was like an F1 car for the road. The mere fact that this example has covered just 3,300km contributes to the pre-auction estimate.
Ferrari 512 TR: £155,000 – £175,000
The Ferrari 512 TR was the evolution of the iconic Testarossa, with production starting in 1991 – TR is an abbreviation of Testa Rossa. The 512 TR has a top speed of 195mph and will sprint to 62mph in 4.8 seconds. A total of 2,261 units were produced.
Jaguar E-Type S1 Roadster: £140,000 – £170,000
It wouldn’t be a classic auction without an E-Type, and the Silverstone sale has its fair share of Jaguar’s finest. This is arguably the pick of the crop – a 1961 Series 1 Roadster, described by the auctioneers as “the definitive Jaguar connoisseur’s dream”. It’s chassis number 62, making it one of the earliest and therefore most desirable of the breed.
Ferrari 550 Maranello: £120,000 – £150,000
The 550 Maranello was launched at the Nurburgring in 1996 and was, or so Ferrari claimed, “the answer to those who believed the performance of a front-engined V12 car could not beat that of a mid-engined sports car”. What makes this car particularly special is the fact that it was owned by Sir Geoff ‘they think it’s all over’ Hurst. But it’s not now…
Ferrari 430 Scuderia: £120,000 – £150,000
When Michael Schumacher is involved in the development of a car, you know it stands a good chance of being rather good. And in the case of the 4.3-litre V8 Ferrari 430 Scuderia, it most certainly is rather good. Not to be confused with the Fiat Seicento Michael Schumacher edition, obviously.
Ferrari 308 GTB: £110,000 – £130,000
The 308 GTB arrived in 1975 and added dry sump lubrication to the 308 GT4’s V8 engine. This particular example was built in 1978 and is one of the earliest steel-bodied cars – the first cars off the production line being fibreglass.
Ferrari 348 TB: £105,000 – £125,000
The 348 TB arrived in 1989 and was the first Ferrari to be launched following the death of Enzo Ferrari. The name was derived from its 3.4-litre engine, transverse gearbox and berlinetta body. This is one of 60 pre-production cars released to Ferrari dealers.
Porsche 964 RS Clubsport: £100,000 – £125,000
We take a break from Ferrari to bring you this rather special Porsche. It’s a 964 RS Clubsport, finished in ultra-desirable Guards Red and fitted with a Clubsport interior. The pre-auction estimate tells you all you need to know about demand for the iconic 911s.
Aston Martin V8: £95,000 – £110,000
One of our favourite lots is this 1980 Aston Martin V8. It actually left the factory in Storm Red, but was repainted in Cumberland Grey at a cost of £8,000. Features include air conditioning, electric mirrors and cruise control.
Porsche 930 Turbo SE Flatnose: £90,000 – £110,000
You know what we were saying about iconic and desirable 911s? This Porsche 930 Turbo SE ‘Flatnose’ ticks all the boxes – a 1986 car built under the ‘Sonderwunsch’ (Special Wishes) programme. Only 49 right-hand drive examples were ever built.
Porsche 996 GT2: £90,000 – £100,000
Talking of low production runs – this 2002 Porsche 996 GT2 is one of 129 ever sold in the UK. It’s finished in Polar Silver Metallic with a black leather interior. It could well top £100,000 at auction.
Ferrari Testarossa: £85,000 – £105,000
Given the values of some 80s classics, this Ferrari Testarossa looks like terrific value for money. It’s a left-hand-drive example finished in Rosso Corsa with a Nero interior. Comes complete with ‘D12 FER’ private plate.
Porsche 964 Turbo: £85,000 – £100,000
This 1991 Porsche 964 Turbo is powered by a 3.3-litre turbocharged engine and was delivered new at a cost of £75,000. Over 65,000 miles and 15 years later, it has gained at least £15,000 in value.
Ferrari 599 GTB: £85,000 – £95,000
Alternatively, for a similar pre-auction estimate, you could own this 2009 Ferrari 599 GTB. It was delivered new to a customer in Dubai and features the likes of a carbon dashboard, F1 paddle shifters, uprated Bose sound system and Daytona seats.
Porsche 911 2.4 T Coupe: £85,000 – £95,000
Somebody pass us a wet towel, because this looks absolutely stunning. It’s a 1972 Porsche 911 2.4 T finished in an oh-so-1970s shade of Royal Purple. If it was any more 70s it would be donning a pair of flares and dancing to Showaddywaddy.
Alfa Romeo 1900 Speciale: £80,000 – £90,000
Arguably the most elegant car to go under the hammer at the Silverstone Auctions Classic Sale, it is believed this Alfa Romeo 1900 Speciale was built by Autotecnica del Lario in the Italian city of Lecco. A 1950s coachbuilt Alfa: oh to have a spare £90,000 to spend at auction.
Lotus Elite S1: £75,000 – £100,000
This 1958 Lotus Elite Series 1 will be familiar to many people, having been the subject of a restoration as a historic racing car for The Love of Cars television programme. The original 1958 Earls Court Motor Show display car was bought new by jazz legend Chris Barber.
Porsche 550A Spyder Evocation: £70,000 – £80,000
This is a recreation of a 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder, built by race car constructor Lewis Barrow. The 2.4-litre car weighs a mere 570kg, so it’s fair to say the performance will be rather brisk. You’ll also look a million dollars.
Ford Sierra RS500: £60,000 – £70,000
Fast Fords of the 80s and 90s are hot property, especially those wearing the iconic RS badge. So while a Ford Sierra with a £70,000 pre-auction estimate might raise a few eyebrows, few people will be surprised. Ford turned to Tickford to create 500 of these 150mph RS500 Cosworths – a Sierra with genuine race pedigree.
Ferrari 456 GTA: £60,000 – £65,000
Yep, we live in a time when a Ford Sierra can command the same pre-auction estimate as a Ferrari. The 456 GTA was introduced in 1996 and was essentially an automatic version of the 456 GT, favoured by North American customers. Amazingly, despite being two decades old, this useable ‘Grand Tourer’ has covered 6,686 miles.
Mercedes-Benz 190 SL: £60,000 – £70,000
The 190 SL, launched in 1955, was the more affordable version of the iconic Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. The majority of cars were sold in North America, from where this car was imported in 1997. This 1957 SL is so of its time, right down to the whitewall tyres and ‘Bakelite’ steering wheel.
Ford Escort RS1600: £45,000 – £55,000
The auctioneers claim there are fewer than 50 Ford Escort RS1600s registered in the UK, which makes this 3,490-mile example a real find. Looking resplendent in Le Mans Green paintwork, the Escort has been stored in a dehumidified garage. It almost seems a shame to use it. Almost.
Ford Lotus Cortina: £45,000 – £55,000
One of the original performance saloons and earliest Q-cars, the Ford Lotus Cortina has been in demand for many years. Combining a lightweight bodyshell with a 1600cc twin-cam engine from the Elan and Europa, the Lotus Cortina was an instant hit. In May 2012, this example was restored to a very high standard, including three coats of primer and three coats of Ford Ermine White.
Citroen SM: £40,000 – £50,000
Cruelly overshadowed by the Citroen DS, the SM is one of the most interesting and exotic cars of the 1970s. It offered Citroen styling, eccentricity and technology, along with a creamy Maserati V6, to create a match made in heaven.
Ford Escort Cosworth Lux: £40,000 – £45,000
The successor to the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth was actually based on a shortened version of the Sierra’s platform and powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged Cosworth engine. Two specs were available: standard ‘Club-spec’ and the ‘optioned-up’ Lux spec, as seen here. With a mere 34,700 miles on the clock and near-original specification, this one will appeal to the purists.
Ford Capri RS3100: £38,000 – £42,000
With Mk3 Ford Capris going for silly money, we think the pre-auction estimate for this RS3100 seems rather reasonable. It’s all relative, of course, but let’s remember this is a homologation special, built to allow Ford to race in the European Touring Car Championship. The ultimate version of ‘the car you always promised yourself?’
Ford Sierra RS Cosworth: £37,500 – £42,500
If you can’t quite stretch to the RS500 we featured earlier, this could be the answer. The Sierra RS Cosworth was as lairy as its ‘whale tail’ spoiler suggested. With in excess of 200 hp on tap and wild rear-wheel drive handling, the ‘Cossie’ was a brute of a machine.
Alfa Romeo 4C: £37,000 – £42,000
Wait, what’s this – a two-year-old car in the Silverstone Classic Sale? Let’s face it, the Alfa Romeo 4C is destined for classic status and this auction car presents a significant saving on the £52,505 price you’ll pay new. The ex-dealer principal car has covered just 2,200 miles.
Jensen Interceptor: £35,000 – £40,000
Don’t let the Belgian number plates fool you, because this is a right-hand drive Jensen Interceptor, supplied new in the UK back in 1968. At some point in its life the Interceptor was sprayed red, but somebody had the good sense to return it to its original Crystal Blue paintwork.
Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo II: £33,000 – £38,000
Famous for dominating the World Rally Championship in the late 80s and early 90s, the Lancia Delta Integrale is also one of the best hot hatches of the era. This super-desirable Evo II is finished in Metallic Cherry Red and is described by the auctioneers as a “Little Red Rocket”.
Lotus Esprit JPS: £30,000 – £40,000
One of Giorgetto Giugiaro’s finest creations, the Lotus Esprit arrived in 1975. This is one of two show cars used by Lotus at the 1978 London Motor Show, finished in the distinctive black and gold of John Player Special. Smoking might be bad for your health, but it has given us some of the most iconic liveries of all-time.
Ford Escort RS2000: £28,000 – £32,000
Of all the hot Mk1 Escorts, the RS2000 is one of the most usable and pleasing to drive. This 1974 car was restored by Tickover of Kent and looks resplendent in its Banana Yellow paintwork. It just needs a pair of Cibies to complete the look. Fortunately, we understand these are included in the sale.
Porsche 968 Club Sport CS: £28,000 – £32,000
A car to be filed under: one of the best Porsche cars that isn’t a 911. The 968 Club Sport was a stripped-back, track-focused coupe that was both lighter and sharper than the standard 968. Unlike many auction cars, this one has been well used, with 145,000 miles on the clock. How refreshing.
Audi Quattro: £25,000 – £30,000
A red Audi Quattro would be desirable enough, but the fact that this was owned by ‘our Nige’ simply propels it to a different league. The 1984 car was registered to Nigel Mansell while he was driving for Team Lotus, but later sold the car when he moved to Williams. A bona fide legend that would look great on your driveway. That’s the Audi, rather than Nigel.
Honda NSX: £25,000 – £30,000
Interest in the all-new Honda NSX is sure to have a knock-effect on the original model and we can’t help but think the pre-auction estimate for this 1993 car is a tad pessimistic. A fresh import from Japan, the silver NSX has covered 79,000km and rides on its original five-spoke alloy wheels.
BMW M3 CS: £24,000 – £28,000
One of only 275 genuine UK, right-hand drive models, this BMW M3 CS has covered just 21,000 miles. Throw into the mix a list of desirable factory options and you have to ask the question: a barely used E46 M3 or a new BMW M2? We’re tempted to go old-school and pocket the change.
Peugeot 205 1.9 GTI: £18,000 – £22,000
Is circa £20,000 a lot of cash for a Peugeot 205 GTI? Almost certainly, but once you’ve taken the time to scan the photographs and discover more about its history, you’ll start to appreciate why it stands every chance of blitzing its pre-auction estimate. Just 7,986 miles on the clock and one owner from new. Wow.
If you fancy bidding on this or any of the other cars going under the hammer at the Silverstone Classic Sale, the auction takes place on 30/31 July 2016.