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