Fer­rari Dino sells for £440k

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

Over £1 mil­lion more was spent on clas­sic cars dur­ing the three Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions sales at this year’s Race Retro than in 2016. The £5.7m in­vested in the fu­tures of 99 auc­tion ve­hi­cles was a new high for the Mid­lands auc­tion house at the Stoneleigh Park an­nual in War­wick­shire, where there were buy­ers for 78 per cent of road cars and 26 owner-driv­ers were pre­pared to pay just over £1m for com­pe­ti­tion cars.

A long bid­ding bat­tle be­tween a con­tes­tant in the sale­room and an­other com­pet­ing else­where for the keys to a 1974 Fer­rari Dino 246GT – a right-hand driver with fac­tory flared-arches and Cam­pag­nolo wheels, which had come to mar­ket for the time in 22 years – was even­tu­ally re­solved in favour of the phone-bid­der. The £429,875 with premium paid by the win­ner how­ever was nearly £140,000 over the lower es­ti­mate!

From the same de­lighted pri­vate ven­dor source, an­other right-hand drive 1998 Fer­rari F355 Ber­linetta that had only been driven 7017 miles from new had come to mar­ket to find £136,125, again £50,000 more than had been fore­cast. And among lo­cally reared Jaguars to change keep­ers, a match­ing num­bers 1960 XK150 3.8 SE Drop­head ex­cited de­ter­mined bid­ding be­fore sell­ing for £132,750, more than double the lower es­ti­mate fig­ure.

All 12 Porsches of­fered were snapped up, a 1980 911 930 Turbo head­lin­ing for £109,125, and eight ‘Fast Ford’ road car changes of own­er­ship were led by an ex-Jensen But­ton 2010 GT40 at £264,375, while an only 1800-mile from new 2010 Ford Fo­cus RS in shock­ing Elec­tric Green achieved an even more shock­ing £41,063. But then my old 1965 Ford Lo­tus Cortina MkI, which cost me con­sid­er­ably less than £10,000 in the late 1980s, fetched £45,000 this time around!

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