The mar­ket­place

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A brace of hot Fords set new records at Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions’ 29 Septem­ber sale at Dal­las Burston Polo Club, War­wick­shire. First was a one-owner 1990 Sierra Sap­phire RS Cos­worth 4x4 show­ing just 13,310 miles and of­fered with a com­pre­hen­sive his­tory file in­clud­ing ev­ery tax disc and MOT test cer­tifi­cate. It’s be­lieved to be one of the first six sup­plied to the UK and made £52,750, more than £20k above its up­per es­ti­mate. For fans of ’70s per­for­mance cars, a 1972 Es­cort RS1600 also es­tab­lished a new bench­mark. In pe­riod-cor­rect Le Mans Green, this su­perbly re­stored sa­loon raised £70,875.

An­other car with its roots in com­pe­ti­tion was a 1984 Re­nault 5 Turbo 2. The un­re­stored 16,898mile car changed hands for a strong £86,625, while a 1982 Audi qu­at­tro, un­der­stood to be a right-hand­drive pro­to­type that had spent 20 years in stor­age, sold for £49,500. Also be­lieved to be a fac­tory de­vel­op­ment car was a 1966 MGC GT. Built some eight months be­fore production of­fi­cially be­gan, the MG had lost its orig­i­nal en­gine and auto ’box, but re­tained a num­ber of unique fea­tures in­clud­ing a hor­i­zon­tally slat­ted grille. In the cor­rect Riviera Sil­ver Blue but be­gin­ning to show its age, it made £20,475.

Sil­ver­stone’s an­nual Porsche sale at the same lo­ca­tion the pre­vi­ous day had some sim­i­larly en­tic­ing lots. A 1998 911 (993) turbo S was one of only 26 UK right-hook­ers and eye-catch­ing in rare Pas­tel Yel­low, help­ing it to achieve an im­pres­sive £185,625. A 1978 928 that was re­mark­ably un­mo­lested – down to its pe­riod-cor­rect sin­gle door mir­ror – looked like a lot of car for £14k. Else­where, a beau­ti­fully re­stored 1958 308 ‘Su­per’ N trac­tor was the an­ti­dote to mod­ern Porsches with its air-cooled 2466cc three-cylin­der diesel. It sold for just un­der £20k, help­ing the auc­tion house hit £3.2m over the two sales.

This Le Mans Green 1972 RS1600 es­tab­lished a new auc­tion record for the model, sell­ing for £70,875

Pas­tel Yel­low is an un­usual shade for a 911 turbo S, and helped this 1998 oneof-26 car to £185,625 at the sin­gle-mar­que sale

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