The mar­ket­place

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At Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions’ eighth Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic sale on 21-22 July, some 66% of the 120 ve­hi­cles on of­fer found buy­ers. The high­est price at the £6m fix­ture went to a 1958 Mercedes-benz 300SL. The re­stored, match­ing-num­bers ex­am­ple has been in the UK since 1999 and has been metic­u­lously main­tained, in­clud­ing a re­built in­jec­tion pump in 2017 for a cool €13,800.

The Benz went to a bid­der in the room for an es­ti­mate-bust­ing £860,625 (£700-800k). Sim­i­lar style – al­beit with­out the stonk­ing pace or price – was of­fered by a very smart right-hand-drive 1960 190SL, which sold for £114,750.

A notable lot was a 1975 Range Rover for­merly owned by the royal house­hold. Fresh from a £60k restora­tion and with a £70-80k es­ti­mate, it sold for £101,250.

There were two eye-catch­ing XJ-SS. A 1975 car that left the fac­tory on the day the model was of­fi­cially launched, the 14th of just 385 man­u­als pro­duced, sold for £30,375, while a two-owner, 840-mile 1990 ex­am­ple fetched £42,187. Other Jaguars in­cluded a 1968 E-type Se­ries 1½ fixed-head ripe for restora­tion, hav­ing lain in a barn for four decades, which went for £20,250; a com­pletely re­built 1962 3.8 coupé sold for £112,500.

The mod­ern clas­sics were led by a tri­umvi­rate of iconic ho­molo­ga­tion spe­cials in­clud­ing a 1992 Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo II that sparked a fierce bid­ding bat­tle, achiev­ing £158,750. Its Mu­nich ri­val – a 1990 BMW M3 Sport Evo­lu­tion – also sold well at £135,000. An 11k-mile ’87 Sierra RS500 Cos­worth hit £85,500.

There was also the ex­tra­or­di­nary An­ni­son F1-R. Built by Lola en­gi­neers, the one-off, street-le­gal sin­gle-seater was pow­ered by a tur­bocharged 370bhp Cos­worth YB and looked ev­ery inch the F1 car, al­beit with lights and num­ber­plates – it raised £52,875.

Royal Range Rover smashed its £70-80k pre-sale guide when it sold for £101,250

The ham­mer came down at £860,625 on this 89,000mile Mercedes, mak­ing it the auc­tion’s prici­est lot

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