The Silverstone Auctions Salon Prive sale takes place at the historic Blenheim Palace, where dozens of rare and exotic cars will go under the hammer. We’ve selected 25 of our favourite lots, including a Jaguar E-Type that might interest Del Boy…
Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster: £75,000 – £85,000
Shh, nobody tell Marlene. This is the 1973 Jaguar E-Type used in the second episode of Only Fools and Horses. Boycie bought the E-Type as a birthday gift for his ‘bit on the side’, but Del Boy and Rodney ended up ‘borrowing’ it for a night on the town. Amazingly, aside from Boycie, the car has had just one owner from new.
Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster: £480,000 – £520,000
This Aventador SV Roadster was delivered new in April 2016 and has a mere 59km on the clock. The SV Roadster was unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2015 and is the first Lamborghini convertible to wear the Superveloce badge. To paraphrase Del Boy: if this time next year you’re a millionaire, this could be the topless roadster for you, Rodney.
Aston Martin DB4 Series II: £275,000 – £325,000
The Aston Martin DB4 was first shown at the 1958 London Motor Show and was the first production car capable of 0-100-0mph in under 30 seconds. This Series II model was supplied new in 1960 and was finished in Ming Blue. A fresh coat of Fiesta Red was applied in the early 80s, although the interior is said to be original.
Ferrari 512 BBi: £200,000 – £230,000
The 365 GT4 BB was transformed into the Ferrari 512 BB of 1976, with power sourced from a 4.9-litre V12 engine. Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection created the later 512 BBi, although power dropped from 390 hp to 340 hp. This auction car was sold new in Rome, but shipped to the US as a grey import. According to Silverstone Auctions, the car is in “outstanding condition”.
Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0: £200,000 – £220,000
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 is a highly sought-after model, hence the pre-auction estimate in excess of £20,000. It was the final development of the 997 GT3 RS and only 600 cars were ever built. This particular car was delivered new in Japan, but arrived in the UK earlier in 2016. Number 472 of 600 has covered 27,000 miles in five years.
Ferrari 550 Maranello: £180,000 – £220,000
Twenty years ago, Ferrari launched a true great. Not only was the 550 Maranello named after the home of Ferrari, it was also a terrific grand tourer. The V12 engine developed 485 hp at 7,000 rpm, and was good for a top speed knocking on 200mph. This 1998 car was delivered new to the Isle of Man and has covered 1,977 miles. The purchase price when new – £144,927.
Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo II: £180,000 – £220,000
For the same price as the 550 Maranello, you could own this chunk of German autobahn-storming history. This Evo II is number 452 of 502 cars built and was supplied new by Lancaster Mercedes-Benz in 1990. The dealer sticker still resides on the back window and the odometer is currently reading 885 miles.
Ferrari F512M: £150,000 – £170,000
The F512M was the third and final incarnation of the Ferrari Testarossa and it was launched at the 1994 Paris Motor Show. Gone went the pop-up headlights, replaced by fixed units, while the styling was heavily revised. Power was increased to 440 hp, although the performance figures remained virtually unchanged. Only 501 cars were built and this one was delivered new in Germany.
Aston Martin Vanquish S: £145,000 – £165,000
The Vanquish S took all the good bits of the original Aston Martin Vanquish and cranked the volume up to very loud. Power from the 6.0-litre V12 engine was increased to provide a top speed in excess of 200mph, making it one of the fastest road-going Aston Martins ever built. Another low mileage car, this Vanquish S has covered just 3,892 miles.
Porsche 911 (930) Turbo SE: £140,000 – £160,000
This is a genuine Porsche 930 Turbo SE ‘Flatnose’ built in January 1989 under the Special Wishes Programme. One of just 18 UK cars, the original owner actually flew to Germany to collect the car from the factory, driving the car back home in February 1989. To that original owner: we salute you.
Lamborghini Jarama S: £125,000 – £150,000
The Jarama was an evolution of the Lamborghini Islero, designed with the ‘gentleman driver’ in mind. Power from the 4.0-litre V12 engine was 350 hp, but this was upped to 365 hp in the Jarama S. It was said to be one of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s favourite cars. Although this car was supplied new in the UK, it was later shipped to Australia where it was restored to “concours standard”.
Porsche 911 (930) Turbo: £110,000 – £130,000
If the ‘Flatnose’ isn’t your thing, you might be tempted by this 1988 Porsche 930 Turbo, saving yourself £30,000 in the process. It’s a car that defines the 1980s, right down to its Grand Prix White paintwork. Having spent much of its life in a temperature controlled environment, the car is said to be in “stunning condition”. It’s probably our favourite car at the Salon Prive Sale.
Shelby GT500: £100,000 – £120,000
Chassis number 00551 is a second series Shelby GT500 and one of 458 delivered new in Candy Apple Red. The first owner was a Mr Joe Myers Ford of Houston Texas, but in 2010 it was shipped to the UK from a car dealer in California. This or three brand new Ford Mustang V8 Fastbacks?
Porsche 356B T6 Super 90: £100,000 – £115,000
For Porsche, this is where it all began – the first production model. And you have to say, Porsche got it right first time, because this 356B is little short of perfection. It was delivered new in Chiswick and finished in the winning combination of Slate Grey with a red leatherette interior. A snip at £100,000.
Jaguar MkX 3.8-litre: £75,000 – £100,000
One for Jaguar’s heritage fleet? This 1961 Jaguar MkX was built in 1961, specifically for Mr Jaguar himself, Sir William Lyons, to use as his daily driver. The MkX was a huge car, capable of seating six adults, and aimed at the US market. So much more presence and charm than a modern-day Jaguar XJ.
Citroen DS Super 5: £75,000 – £90,000
According to Silverstone Auctions, this is “probably the best Citroen DS in the world!” Amazingly, it has just one previous owner, the CEO of the supplying Citroen dealership, who registered the car with the number plate WRC 1. A multiple award-winning car, the DS has even been offered a permanent place at the Citroen Museum in France.
Audi Quattro Turbo 20v: £60,000 – £70,000
Audi Quattros are, relatively speaking, quite affordable. But when low mileage cars, especially later 20-valve versions, come up for sale, the pre-auction estimates tend to go up. This 1990 car was built as the Quattro was entering its twilight years and has covered just 16,231 miles. The original owner selected heated seats, central locking, ABS, larger alternator, electric windows, Quattro design interior and metallic silver paint as his must-have options.
Ford Escort RS1600: £50,000 – £55,000
The Ford Escort RS1600 was the first car to be created by the newly-formed Advanced Vehicles Operation (AVO) in Essex, and was a development of the earlier Escort Twin Cam. This is thought to be one of the earliest surviving models, with its 29,000 miles contributing to a healthy pre-auction estimate.
Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500: £45,000 – £55,000
The RS500 arrived in 1987 – an evolution of the earlier Ford Sierra RS Cosworth, given an extra dose of testosterone and assembled by Tickford. This is number 50 of 500 produced, which was delivered new via Telford Ford. Note the addition of the second discreet rear spoiler – a good way of spotting the RS500.
Ford Escort RS1600: £42,000 – £45,000
Another Mk1 Ford Escort RS1600, with this one being an ex-Ford press car, finished in a delightfully 70s shade of Tawny brown.
Subaru Impreza P1: £38,000 – £44,000
The P1 was co-developed with Prodrive in response to the growing number of grey imports arriving from Japan. It was the first two-door Impreza to be sold in Britain and it offered 280 hp from its 2.0-litre flat-four engine. This one has been restored by a former employee of Prodrive.
Citroen SM: £32,000 – £37,000
Visitors to the London Motor Museum might recognise it as one of the exhibits. It’s an Italian-registered 1971 Citroen SM complete with Maserati V6 engine. Given the values of fast Fords and French hot hatches, this SM looks like a snip at £32,000 to £37,000.
DeLorean DMC-12: £28,000 – £33,000
The car made (even more) famous by Back to the Future, the DeLorean DMC-12 is one of the world’s most iconic cars. This car left the Belfast factory in November 1981 and was shipped to Ohio a year later. The stainless steel body is said to have been rebrushed and there’s only 33,000 miles on the clock.
Bentley S2: £16,000 – £20,000
According to Silverstone Auctions, this “charming old” Bentley S2 “requires a little tender loving care to bring it up to black tie standard”. Of interest is the fact that Billy Connolly is a previous owner. He paid £45,000 for it in 2002.
Volkswagen Beetle: £15,000 – £20,000
We conclude this auction preview with this cute-as-a-button Volkswagen Beetle. It has travelled 400 miles since a ‘nut and bolt’ restoration which cost £20,000 in parts alone.
The Silverstone Auctions Salon Prive sale takes place at Blenheim Palace on Saturday 3rd September at 3pm.