Silverstone Auctions' Race Retro auction sees strong results for concours classic Fords and low-mileage Ferraris
Silverstone Auctions offered more than 130 classic and competition cars over its three-day Race Retro auctions, with a 73 per cent sale rate and total sales amounting to £5.7m – more than £1m up from last year.
Performance Fords were popular at the auction, with an absolutely spotless Escort RS Turbo S2 selling for £27,000. This was preceded by a 23,000-mile 1990 Fiesta RS Turbo for £16,313, and shortly followed by an 18,000-mile Mk2 Focus RS in Electric Green for £41,063.
Other strong Fords include the ex-Jenson Button Ford GT – one of 101 European cars – selling bang on its estimate at £264,375, as well as a 25k-mile Escort Cosworth which ended at a respectable £39,375. Capris also attracted the usual amount of attention, with a 280 Brooklands Turbo reaching just shy of £20k, and a genuine South African Perana V8 cars ending at £37,200.
The top seller over the three day sale was a 1974 Dino 246 GT, which sold for £439,875. This right-hand drive UK-market example was painted in Rosso Chiaro with a black vinyl interior, and was specified with the desirable flared wheelarches, stove-enamelled wide Campagnolo wheels and Daytona seats.
Other Ferraris also performed well, including a 1998 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta with an incredibly low mileage of just 7017 miles that sold for £136,125), a Ferrari 348TB with 2500km on the clock for £93,375 as well as one-of ten UK Ferrari 550 Maranello ‘WSR’ editions
, which made £178,000.
Porsches remained strong throughout the auction, with all 12 models offered finding new homes, the most expensive of which was a 1980 Porsche 911 Turbo that sold for £109,125. Other strong 911s included a freshly-painted 1972 Porsche 911T 2.4 (#93,375), as well as a single-owner matching numbers 1969 911 T (£81,000). The 1980s SC models continue to grow in popularity, with a pair of tidy cars selling for £24,750 and #29,025 respectively.
Speaking after the sale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, Nick Whale, said: ‘Wow, what a fantastic set of results for our vendors. I’m delighted that once again our winning combination of sensible estimates and reserves, presentation, pre-sale marketing and auction atmosphere has paid dividends.’