Jaguar XJ220 and Lotus Sunbeam top the many strong sales at Silverstone Auctions' 2014 NEC Classic Motor Show sale
Silverstone Auctions sold £4.5m worth of cars at its 2014 NEC Classic Motor Show, with a Jaguar XJ220 selling for a headline £247,500 figure. With a sell-through rate of 81 per cent, the two-day sale rounded off a successful year for the Warwickshire-based auction house.
Often considered undervalued when compared to contemporaries like the Ferrari F40 and Porsche 959, this is thought to be the highest price ever paid for an XJ220 at auction. Originally owned by the Royal Family of Brunei, this particular metallic green XJ220 was sold with a little less than 6000 miles on the clock.
The 217mph supercar car was repatriated to the UK in 2002, and had since had a full respray and interior re-trim. With the mechanicals sorted by Don Law – a highly regarded expert on the XJ220 – this is one of the finest examples offered for sale recently. With interest from around the globe, the car finally sold to a buyer from Singapore.
Another significant car at the sale was the delivery mileage Lotus Sunbeam. After being discovered in an Italian collection, bidding on the ‘as new’ rally special hit £50,625. Despite this excitement, another slightly less exceptional (but recently restored) Sunbeam failed to sell.
Proving that the market for nicely presented Land Rovers is still thriving, the sale also saw a beautifully restored 1951 Series 1 80-inch sell for £38,250. This was followed by a 1994 Range Rover LSE, for £33,750 – significantly more than the £14k-£18k pre-sale estimate.
This is Silverstone Auctions’ final sale of the year, with the next sale taking place at 2015’s Race Retro show on 21-22 February.
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