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Fast Ford frenzy as Sapphire Cosworth sells for record price

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A pair of fast Fords have broken price records at Silverstone Auctions’ September sale. Together, a 1990 Sierra Sapphire Cosworth 4×4 and a restored 1972 Escort RS1600 sold for more than £120,000.

Despite an estimate of around £30,000, the Sierra Sapphire eventually made £52,750 including the buyer’s premium. The 13,310-mile example is one of the finest in the country, with just one lady owner from new.

It’s also believed to be one of the first six sold in the UK. All that, combined with a healthy history file, makes a £20,000-over-estimate hammer price believable enough.

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Big prices for classic Escorts are never surprising these days. Nevertheless, a £70,875 hammer figure for a homologation-special Escort RS1600 is remarkable.

It is certainly a deserving example, having just been restored to the highest standard. Presented in Le Mans Green, the car had buyers battling for ownership.

“To achieve not one but two new world records is a fantastic result for our team,” commented Joe Watts, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions. “Both our Porsche Sale and September Sale saw some outstanding classics and excellent prices across the two days.”

The best of the rest

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Other cars brought home the coin, too. A 1984 Renault 5 Turbo 2 made £86,625 – £16,000 over its lower estimate. And a 1971 Maserati Indy brought home £60,750 – £10,000 over estimate.

The Porsche Sale auction a day before did great numbers, too, with a 1998 993 Turbo S beating its estimate by £16,000 and a 1958 356A selling for £20,000 more than expected.

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Lamborghini Diablo

Bulls on parade: V12 Lambo trio to star at Silverstone Auctions’ September sale

Lamborghini Diablo

The raging bulls march three by three. At least, they do when they’re going up for sale with Silverstone Auctions. The sale is happening at the Dallas Burston Polo Club in Warwickshire on the 29th of September and is to feature a raft of desirable machinery.

The headline, for many? These Lamborghinis. Let’s count them down

2007 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Versace Edition – £150,000-170,000

The Murcielago is the last of the great Bizzarrini-powered flagships and, barring the fire-spitting LP670 Super Veloce, the LP640 is the sweet spot. With 631hp from its 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12, the Lamborghini LP640 crests the golden era of the free-breathing supercar.

This Versace edition is an especially rare piece of Murcielago pie. It’s one of 20, and one of just eight in right-hand-drive specification, per its original delivery to New Zealand. Finished in Aldebaran gloss Black and complete with its Gianni Versace 19-of-20 plaque inside, it’s offered with just 7,500 miles on the clock.

Naturally, there’s Versace-branded luggage to go with.

1996 Lamborghini Diablo Super Veloce – £130,000-£150,000

Super Veloce is the most revered name in Lambo lore, save perhaps for Jota. The Diablo was the poster supercar of the 1990s. A symbol of excess without ambition, it needed no speed records or lap times to prove its worth. The SV is one of the last of the truly unrefined non-Audi Lamborghinis.

This car is a 1996 example in Giallo yellow – freshly painted – has been in long term storage since 2007. It’s recently undergone £12,000’s worth of service work and is ready to go, with just 20,000 miles on the clock

1974 Lamborghini Espada Series 3 – £90,000-£110,000

For those of a more discerning taste comes this 1974 Lamborghini Espada Series 3 – one of the great grand touring bulls. Featuring the V12 engine from the Countach, it’s no half-strung GT. For its day, it was the ultimate supercar in a suit.

The car for sale is among the last of its kind, too, being 50th from last of the total 1,225-car production run. It’s done 26,000 miles and comes in a black cherry hue with a burgundy interior. It’s recently undergone a full transmission overhaul, top-end rebuild on the engine and a service. It’s ship shape and ready to go, Lamborghini Cologne leather-bound flasks and all.

“Lamborghini has always held a special place in car enthusiasts’ hearts and the adrenaline and excitement delivered by a Lamborghini is unmatched by any other manufacturer” said Arwel Richards, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions.

“Born from a tractor manufacturer and an argument with Enzo Ferrari, the raging bull has grown to become the prancing horse’s fiercest rival. The quality of cars on offer from Lamborghini is incredible and they are always an exciting addition to our auction catalogues”.

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1991 BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution

154,000-mile BMW M3 Sport Evo is a hero you can actually drive

1991 BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution

A 1991 BMW M3 with 154,000 miles on the clock is the star of Silverstone Auctions’ September sale. This modern classic has mega miles, but a flawless care record to match. And its original owner is none other than current Formula One race director, Charlie Whiting.

The E30 BMW M3 is one of the bona fide poster heroes – a homologation car first, road-racer second. The Sport Evolution is the last and most extreme iteration of the first M3. Its larger, 2.5-litre twin-cam four-cylinder engine puts power to the rear wheels via a five-speed Getrag transmission, complete with limited-slip diff. This example is estimated to sell for between £75,000 and £90,000.

So what’s the story of this M3? Well, Charlie Whiting was its first owner, taking delivery in April 1991. In his care, between 1991 and 1996, the car covered a healthy 78,292 miles – what a daily! Then again, what else do you expect of one of F1’s key figures of the past 40 years? In that time, the car was fastidiously looked after, with visits to BMW Heathrow twice a year.

The next owner kept up the miles and the maintenance to go with it, adding another 42,000 over the course of three years before moving it on to a specialist dealer in 1999. It was then sold for a now scarcely believable £11,495 to another owner that would put a further 32,000 miles on, while continuing to look after it.

This isn’t a delivery-miles concours car, then. Rather, it’s one of those rare ‘unicorns’ you can buy and enjoy without paying mind to the ticking odometer. In recent years, it’s been well maintained, with age-related wear and rust cared for, so this well-heeled car is ready for more.

Being number 120 out of just 600 M3 Sport Evolutions built, it’s perhaps the best-used example in existence. A testament to the mantra that preservation doesn’t mean stagnation.

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