A BMW Z8, Abarth 595 SS and other classics will be offered for sale at Silverstone Auctions' NEC Restoration Show sale. Preview here
Silverstone Auctions has had a cracking start to the year, selling a number of low-mileage cars for well above estimate at its Race Retro sale at Stoneleigh Park, including a 400-mile Ferrari Testarossa that fetched £202,500.
The next big sale at the 28 March NEC Restoration Show is set to continue the momentum, with a high quality line-up of both classic and modern collectible machines. One of the early consignments to the auction is an achingly cool BMW Z8, with a smidgeon under 40,000 miles under its belt.
Launched in 1999, the Z8 featured a lightweight aluminium spaceframe chassis, along with the M5’s 400bhp 5.0-litre V8 engine. Originally purchased in the USA, this car was eventually shipped over to Sweden in 2008, where it remained in a collection until sold to the UK in 2013. As this time, it was full converted to UK specification, with all the lights changed. Thanks to the limited numbers, prices for the Z8 have always remained strong, and this one is expected to sell for £75,000-£95,000.
For something a little different, there is a beautifully prepared Abarth 595 EsseEsse replica. Sold in basic 500 form in Germany back in 1972, the car has recently undergone a full restoration to an extremely high standard by a marque specialist, and is offered without a reserve. Being uprated to full Abarth spec means that the original 22bhp engine was boosted to a tyre-shredding 32bhp, along with the addition of lower and stiffer suspension.
There’s also a pair of reasonably cheap looking Ferraris on offer. A 1981 308 GTBi with just 30,200 miles on the clock looks nice for £34,000-£38,000, and its eventual successor the gorgeous 1991 348TB, is estimated at just £28,000-£30,000. As value of the 308 and 328 models seem to be on the up, the 348 is currently looking like the bargain of the Ferrari range.
Other interesting lots include a 1957 Austin-Healey 100/6, which has been fitted with a Ford 289 V8 engine (£25,000-£30,000), a 1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Targa (£55,000-£65,000) as well as a 1967 Ford Mustang Cabriolet cabriolet (£14,000-£16,000).