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Performance Fords thrive at Race Retro auction

Performance Fords thrive at Race Retro auction Classic and Performance Car

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.’

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