Inaugural Competition Car sale kicks off Silverstone Classic.
Over 30 race cars crossed the block at Silverstone Auctions first Competition Car sale last night.
The sale was the first of its kind for Silverstone Auctions, who saw sales exceed £1million ahead of a weekend of on-track and off-track action at the Silverstone Classic.
The consignment saw the likes of BTCC Super Tourers, an 1983 Osella-Alfa Romeo Formula One car and a March-Honda Formula 3 car all head for sale.
A ready-to-race 1959 Cooper Monaco was one of the nights highlights, with the car achieving £219,375 after a flurry of bids both on-site at the Silverstone Wing and on the phone. The car which has raced at both Goodwood Revival and Members’ Meeting, and recorded the fastest lap time at the 2007 Revival event as well as coming 2nd in the 2012 Silverstone Classic event.
Elsewhere a 1979 Ford Capri Group 1 was sold for a record-breaking £92,812- the highest fee ever paid for a non-Cologne example. The car, which was raced by 14 times Le Mans race veteran and racing legend Gordon Spice, competed in the Le Mans 4 Hours, Spa 24 Hour, and 24 Hours of Paul Ricard. It was sold with its trophies from the period.
Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, declared himself happy with how the auction went. “This was a fantastic sale and I am pleased that so many amazing racing cars have found new homes and will return to the track once again.
“To come to the circuit and hold our first racing car-only sale and achieve such success, particularly mid-season in the racing calendar, just goes to show how special these cars are.”
Attentions will now turn to the Classic Car sale to be held this weekend at the Silverstone Classic.