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Top 10 cars on offer at Silverstone Classic auction

Among the 130-plus classics on offer at the Silverstone Classic sale were some renowned historic racing cars and plenty of desirable modern classics. Here’s the top 10:

1. 1959 Cooper Monaco

Fittingly for a sale that’s tied in with the world’s largest race meeting, our number one car has an illustrious race history. The 2-litre Mk1 has recently been successfully driven by Graeme Dodd in two BRDC Sportscar Championships, as well as numerous Goodwood podiums and other race wins around Europe. Among its previous owners is ex-BTCC champion Frank Sytner, who drove it to victory at the 2002 Goodwood Revival. It sold for just under £220,000, and the new owner raced it on the track at Silverstone over the weekend. 

2. 1972 Ferrari Dino 246GT 

This E Series Dino has been meticulously maintained, and covered just 7,910 miles in the past 21 years. It had an engine rebuild in 1989, a gearbox rebuild the following year, and has just had a full service by a Ferrari specialist. Sold with a comprehensive history file, its estimate was £240,000-£280,000, but that wasn't reached, so it was not sold.


3. 1986 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth

Developed using race technology, the RS Cosworth was always destined for classic status. This full-service-history, left-hand-drive example appears very original – it’s even believed to be fitted with its original exhaust. It was estimared at Â£16,000-£20,000, and sold for just under £20,000.

4. 1982 Honda NSX

Another car with a significant racing connection, the NSX was developed with major chassis and suspension input from three times F1 World Champion Ayrton Senna. An early right-hand-drive car supplied new to Japan, this NSX has just been imported to the UK. It has only covered 18,600kms and has full Honda service history. It sold for £43,875.

5. 1969 Lynx-Jaguar XKSS

The Jaguars built by Lynx are no ordinary recreations – the company had already made its name as a respected restorer of C-types, D-types and E-types. The car on offer is built on an aluminium monocoque with hand rolled aluminium panels. It is fitted with a rebuilt XK 4.2 litre, six cylinder engine, 16-inch wheels with spinners, authentic D-Type instruments and switchgear, and Steve McQueen-specification XKSS seat cushions and glove box hatch. It wa estimated at £250,000-£280,000, but did not sell.  

6. 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II

Created to tackle the BMW E30 M3 touring car, the Evo II acquired legendary status on the track. The road-going version is no wallflower with its massive rear spoiler and bodykit. This highly original German-registered car is number 28 of 500 made. Its asking price was £65,000-£75,000, but it went for just over £100,000.

7. 1991 Porsche 964 RS

Rather than being sold new via the dealer network, this Porsche, the first production 964 RS, is believed to have been given to Porsche racing driver Ulrich Richter to entice him back into GT racing. The plan worked – Richter raced for the brand with much success in the following few years. The well-cared-for car was snapped up for £225,000.

8. 1998 Porsche 993 Turbo

The 993 was the last air-cooled 911, and this is one of the very last cars produced. It’s one of a limited run of around 20 very special 993s created as a memorial to Prof Ferry Porsche who died early in 1998. A four-wheel-drive turbo model, it’s fitted with the 450ps M64/50 engine and six-speed gearbox and has colour coded blue wheels, calipers and instrument dials. It was estimated at £249,000-£279,000, but was unfortunately withdrawn from the sale.

9. 1988 Range Rover Classic

This cosseted Range Rover has covered just 15,074. Having been undersealed when new and kept in a heated garage when not in use, it’s in pristine condition. It was estimated at Â£24,000 to £30,000, but bidding finished just shy of the lower estimate at £23,000. 

10. 1953 Turner 1.5 Sports racing car

One of just seven cars built by Turner Sports between 1950 and 1954, this is chassis number 006. It was raced from new at various circuits around the UK including Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Castle Combe. It’s sold with an extensive history file and photo album that documents the fascinating life it has led ever since. It seemed a relative bargain, selling for £81,000.


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By Claire Evans

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