The forthcoming Silverstone Classic Sale auction has a royal connection this year, with this Range Rover delivered to the Royal Household in 1975. Factory fitted with a special order full-length folding roof, the Lincoln Green example has been restored to factory specification at a cost of £60,000 and is expected to sell for upwards of £70,000.
It’s the headline act of the sale, which takes place at the Silverstone circuit on 21 and 22 July 2018.
Jaguar XJS: £35,000 – £40,000
Alternatively, for around half the price, you could own this Jaguar XJS HE with a remarkable 840 miles on the clock. It was delivered new by the Bristol Motor Company to its first owner on 19 May 1990 and it has covered the equivalent of a drive from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
We suspect it’s destined to spend its life in a temperature-controlled room.
Derby Bentley ‘Bologna’: £155,000 – £175,000
According to a 1968 report in Motor Sport, total production of Derby Bentleys was 1,191 3.5-litres and 1,241 4.5-litres. It is said that Sir Henry Royce “took a personal interest in the design and development of the Bentley – indeed, it was the last Rolls-Royce product where this was the case”.
This one-off ‘Bologna’ dates from 1934 and was built by Pitney Restorations as a nod to the pre-war craftsmen from that region.
Mercedes-Benz 190 SL: £95,000 – £110,000
Perhaps one of the most beautiful cars ever built, this is one of just 562 right-hand drive Mercedes-Benz 190 SLs delivered new to the UK. That’s a bit of a red herring, because the first owner lived on the Isle of Man and the car spent two years in California.
According to Silverstone Auctions, it’s “one of the finest right-hand drive cars on the market”.
Vauxhall Lotus Carlton: £55,000 – £65,000
The greatest Q-car of all-time? Perhaps, but one thing’s for certain: the Lotus Carlton has got a huge amount of pedigree. Fast enough to worry the police force – and the Daily Mail – the Carlton was powered by a 3.6-litre twin-turbocharged engine to deliver a Ferrari-baiting top speed of 176mph.
This is number 216, formerly owned by the chairman of a Vauxhall group. Needless to say, with a Lotus Carlton, he was never the chairman of the bored.
Ford Escort RS2000: £28,000 – £32,000
Draw up a list of working class heroes, and the Ford Escort RS2000 will appear alongside the Lotus Carlton. Not that there’s anything working class about the values of these cars, with this RS2000 expected to fetch around £30,000.
Amazingly, it has been registered to the same owner from when it was new in 1977.
Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II: £130,000 – £150,000
There was a time, not too long ago, when Mercedes-Benz 190 E Cosworth values were significantly less than the more famous E30 BMW M3. Those days are long gone, which is why this highly desirable 2.5-16 Evolution II is expected to fetch anything up to £150,000.
Delivered new to Switzerland, this is number 167 and it has just 34,200 miles on the clock.
BMW M3 Sport Evolution: £85,000 – £95,000
According to Munich Legends, the BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution “indisputably belongs in the pantheon of the world’s most iconic cars,” and who are we to disagree? Just 600 were built, each one featuring a larger 2.5-litre engine delivering 254hp, along with a stripped-out interior and aggressive bodywork.
Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione: £35,000 – £40,000
We’d hesitate before labelling it a bargain, but given the pre-auction estimates of the aforementioned German modern classics, this Lancia Delta Integrale Evo is excellent value. It offers an avalanche of rallying pedigree, with makes the ‘Winner Red’ paint seem highly appropriate.
This 1991 car is a previous Meguiars concours winner and is showing 88,330km (55,200 miles) on the clock.
Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth: £90,000 – £105,000
Nobody bats an eyelid when a Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth achieves a six-figure sum, with Silverstone Auctions offering a pair of these iconic motors. This is number 38 of 500, which shows a verifiable mileage of 10,840.
According to Paul Linfoot, the UK RS500 Registrar, it’s “one of the most original RS500s” in the country.
Renaultsport Clio V6: £30,000 – £40,000
Built to celebrate Tom Walkinshaw’s 25 years in motorsport, this Clio V6 is one of only eight phase one cars finished in Iliade Blue and one of two featuring a prototype leather/Alcantara interior. This represents the Clio at its most bonkers, and it could be yours for upwards of £30,000.
Porsche 911 GT3 RS: £115,000 – £130,000
This, or a Sierra RS Cosworth? The two cars are expected to sell for a similar amount, but we suspect interest will be high for a one-owner 911 GT3 RS. This example was fitted new with a white centre console, colour-coded roll cage, air conditioning, a CD player and xenon headlights.
To say it has been well looked after would be a gross understatement – this thing has been pampered and cherished by its original owner.
Ford Lotus Cortina: £40,000 – £50,000
It is, perhaps, quite amazing to think that values of the most sought-after Sierras, Escorts and Capris have eclipsed those of some of the earlier fast Fords. Take the Lotus Cortina, which was one of the world’s first Q-cars.
This 1965 example is said to be in “super condition” and is expected to fetch up to £50,000.
Porsche 911 Turbo: £120,000 – £150,000
In the case of the 930 Turbo, Porsche saved the best until last. It was the final year of production, but tweaks included a much improved G50 gearbox and hydraulic clutch.
According to Porsche Club GB, the 1989 model year car offered more flexibility and improved performance. This is one of 130 UK Turbos built for that year and it has a mere 29,000 miles on the clock.
Dino 246 GTS: £270,000 – £320,000
The Dino 246, successor to the 206 GT, was unveiled at the 1969 Geneva motor show, with the GTS arriving in 1972. This is a UK-delivered, right-hand-drive GTS with just 41,000 miles on the clock.
Having been left unused for 23 years, the Dino was treated to a complete rebuild of the mechanics, with invoices totalling £16,000.
BMW 2002 Turbo: £65,000 – £75,000
A contender for car of the auction, this BMW 2002 Turbo was delivered new in Switzerland and has been in private ownership since 1993. The only modification is the fitment of a Turbo Technics turbocharger “due to the legendary turbo-lag of the original unit”, although the OEM KKK ‘charger is included in the sale. Just in case you’re after that authentic 70s experience.
Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV: £38,000 – £45,000
What a beautiful thing. According to Silverstone Auctions, this Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV was delivered new by Alfa London in 1974 and has been the subject of a “most comprehensive and meticulous restoration by Bonello Auto Services of Newcastle.
The brief: “Create the ultimate 8-valve GTV for fast road use incorporating the best of period and modern materials, products and engineering to create a concours drivers’ car.”
Bentley Brooklands: £90,000 – £110,000
Unveiled in 2007, the Bentley Brooklands was a coupe version of the Azure, powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 delivering 530hp and 774lb ft of torque. With a top speed of 184mph, driving one of these was akin to taking a five-star hotel room for a quick blast along a runway.
The price tag in 2008: £230,000. The pre-auction estimate: £90,000 – £110,000.
Porsche 911 3.2 Speedster: £100,000 – £120,000
The 911 3.2 Speedster was based on the Carrera 3.2 and featured a chopped windscreen, a stripped-out interior, a ‘double hump’ clamshell fibreglass tonneau cover and, in the majority of cases, a Turbo wide body. It’s one of 64 UK-supplied cars produced.
Porsche 911 Turbo SE ‘Flat Nose’: £150,000 – £170,000
Finally, another Porsche 911. This 1986 ‘Flat Nose’ – or ‘Flachbau’ – is expected to fetch upwards of £150,000. As a reminder, the Silverstone Classic Sale is part of Silverstone Classic, the self-proclaimed world’s biggest classic motoring racing festival.