Historics at Brooklands posts some strong results at its Spring sale, including a £92,960 Martini-striped Lancia Delta Integrale Evo 1.
A selection of 166 cars passed through the Historics at Brooklands’ first sale of 2016 at the Brooklands Museum on 12 March. A total of 116 cars were sold, meaning a 70 per cent sale rate and revenue of £2.6million.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the sale was ex-Giovanni Agnelli Lancia Delta Integrale Evo 1 Martini 6, which sold for £92,960 due to a huge amount of international interest in the car. Although officially one of the 310 Martini 6 models built, as the Chairman of Fiat at the time, Agnelli had a number of personal touches added to the car to make it a one-off.
According to the seller, Agnelli specified the car with re-configured suspension, larger vents behind the front wheels, as well as an electrically operated roof spoiler. All this was carried out by a special department in Mirafiori, which carried out all of Agnelli’s special projects – including the convertible Integrale. In the end, the Delta smashed through its pre-sale estimate of £48,000-£60,000, although it didn’t quite match the €134,000 price paid for a similar Martini 6 car at RM Sotheby’s Retromobile auction in February.
The top seller at the auction was a 1987 Ferrari Testarossa. Following a period of eight years in storage and a recent service, this 35,400-mile Testarossa sold above the £74,000-£86,000 estimate for £108,640.
A number of other cars exceeded pre-sale expectations too, including a Porsche 944 Turbo. Now becoming more difficult to find in top condition, this 1991 example was estimated at £13,000-£18,000 but it finally went for considerably more at £22,400. Another Porsche, this time the much-coveted 930 Turbo Cabriolet was almost £20,000 above its top estimate at £83,450.