A RECORD RACE RETRO

Sil­ver­stone’s three-day sale gen­er­ates £5.7 mil­lion

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

Sil­ver­stone held its com­pe­ti­tion cars sale on the first day at Race Retro, with other clas­sics and au­to­mo­bilia spread across the fol­low­ing two. The re­sult was the most suc­cess­ful ever at the show, with 76 per cent of cars sold, to the tune of £5.7 mil­lion.

While Race Retro would seem ideally suited to the com­pe­ti­tion cars se­lec­tion, it clearly worked with the ‘reg­u­lar’ clas­sics too. There were plenty of Fer­raris, Jaguars, Porsches and BMWs, but there were other tempters for fired-up bid­ders. The ac­co­lade for the top price paid went to a 1974 Fer­rari Dino 246GT that made £439,875. A re­stored Range Rover CSK was some­thing a bit spe­cial, as was a low-mileage 1966 VW Bee­tle 1300 that had spent much of its life on Guernsey, while a Ford Es­cort RS Turbo con­tin­ued the auc­tion­eer’s suc­cess­ful re­la­tion­ship with per­for­mance Fords.

A 1939 Bent­ley Russ-Turner spe­cial had a won­der­ful his­tory – Sil­ver­stone doesn’t of­fer many pre­war cars, but this no­table of­fer­ing un­sur­pris­ingly gen­er­ated plenty of in­ter­est on the day.

Its next sale is at Sil­ver­stone Cir­cuit on 13 May. 01926 691141 www.sil­ver­stoneauc­tions.com

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