Sil­ver­stone’s strong sa­loons

Three-box rac­ers per­form well at Race Retro’s an­nual com­pe­ti­tion sale

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - BUYING & SELLING -

Sil­ver­stone kicked off its three-day Race Retro auc­tion with a sale de­voted ex­clu­sively to com­pe­ti­tion cars, and the results showed that while such a sale can of­ten be tricky, the right cars in the right venue of­ten means that suc­cess will fol­low.

With an­other sim­i­lar event go­ing on in Lon­don (the Lon­don Clas­sic Car Show hav­ing added its His­toric Mo­tor­sport In­ter­na­tional event) cyn­ics were quick to sug­gest that the long-es­tab­lished Stoneleigh event might take a bit of a bat­ter­ing, but it clearly proved to be the place to be for the dyed-in-the-wool his­toric mo­tor en­thu­si­ast.

That trans­lated into most cars be­ing sold – de­spite an of­ten­cir­cu­lated be­lief that peo­ple al­ways want to build their own car – with sa­loons prov­ing es­pe­cially pop­u­lar; those with a well-known past (ei­ther when new or in lat­ter-day events) com­manded both in­ter­est and good bid­ding. A Sun­beam Rapier and Austin A35 proved that point, as did a raced-when-new 1968 Chevro­let Ca­maro and a lat­ter-day ex-Alan Mann Group 1 Ford Capri.

A 1963 Ford Lo­tus Cortina MkI also per­formed well, as did a 1961 Emeryson F1 that had been cam­paigned by Mike Spence and Jack Fair­man and a well-his­to­ried 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL ‘Bat­mo­bile’. 01926 691141 www.sil­ver­stoneauc­tions.com Au­to­mo­bilia and list­ings on p48

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