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Little Classics News: 23 February 2015

Silverstone Auctions See Four World Records Broken

Ferrari Testarossa

Silverstone Auctions started the year strongly, achieving no less than four world record prices this weekend at Race Retro, with total sales of £3.62 million.

Classic Ferraris remain in high demand, with two cars by the marque breaking world records at the prestigious auction. A staggeringly low mileage 1991 Testarossa (top) with an accompanying five-piece Ferrari luggage set sold for a premium inclusive total of £202,500, a huge £72,500 over its lower estimate and a new world record price. A rare and sought after 1999 456M, with just 400 miles on the clock and only one previous owner, was bought for another record breaking £118,125.

Alfa Romeo SZ

One of the sale’s most eye catching cars was a 1991 Alfa Romeo SZ (above). Attracting interest in the room as well as online and over the phone, the rare model had just 808km on its odometer and fetched a world record price of £84, 938; more than £30, 000 over its lower estimate.

A highly desirable 1973 Porsche 911 2.4S with an extensive history file sold for £114,750, more than £20,000 over of its lower estimate price of £90,000. With interest in Targas rising, this car presented an exciting investment opportunity for collectors.

1955 VW Type 2 Samba Microbus

One of the sale’s most unique lots was a 1955 Volkswagen Type 2 Samba Microbus (above) which fetched £67,500. The first Type 2 Samba imported into the UK and an important piece of Volkswagen history, the Samba had been perfectly restored and is thought to be the only surviving example of the few Wolfsburg-built examples that were imported into the UK.

A number of historic motorcycles were also presented, with a rare 1965 Triumph ‘Thruxton' Bonneville breaking the fourth world record of the sale, reaching an impressive £21, 938.

13 race cars were sold at the sale, with one of the most fascinating models offered being a 2010 Aston Martin Vantage GT2 Chassis 007. Sold for an impressive £105,750, the model was the Le Mans support race winner, entered by Villois Racing for drivers Filippi and Lavio. It also competed in six rounds of the GT Open series, with Guerrrero winning the Pro-Am race at Brands Hatch.

Lister XJS

Commenting on the sale, Managing Director of Silverstone Auctions, Nick Whale said: “I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended the sale and I look forward to welcoming you at our next auction which will be held at The Practical Classics Restoration Show in March."

One of our favourites from the auction included this 1990 Lister Jaguar XJS Le Mans Coupe (above) – Lister’s 7 litre adaptations of Jaguar's, already immodest engined GT. The 200mph+ beast went for a final hammer price of £38,813. Certainly a good investment for a modern classic guaranteed to keep going up in value.

Jaguar XJ220

Another Jag favourite of Little Classics is the world-beating XJ220 (above), which continue to rise in value. This 1993 example, with a few extra tweaks from XJ220 specialists Don Law, pushes its power up to 680bhp and the final selling price to £186,750.

However, despite all the sleek, powerful classics, our absolute favourite of the whole sale was this 1959 BMC Mobile Training Unit – Transporter (below).

BMC Transporter

Initially designed as a mobile classroom, to travel around the dealership network training mechanics for the newly introduced Mini, it was later converted to a transporter. Despite estimated values of £60,000 to £80,000, the final sale price was £55,688 – a complete bargain in our minds.


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