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