Silverstone Auctions achieves high prices for early Land Rovers at its Restoration Show auction in Birmingham
Classic Land Rovers were very much the stars of the show at Silverstone Auctions’ 2016 Restoration show auction, with frantic bidding for a number of the Solihull-built vehicles. The sale as a whole achieved a 75 per cent sell-through rate, with sales totalling £1.5m.
A number of high prices were paid, including a world record price of £42,188 paid for a Series I Land Rover Station Wagon, with coachwork by Tickford. This special model is one of 641 examples built, and fewer than 20 are thought to remain in existence today.
Another Series 1 achieved one of the highest recorded prices in recent years, £47,250. This extremely early ‘Side Plate’ engine example bears the chassis number 149, and comes with all of the hallmarks of an early Series 1, including lights behind the grille and a lack of external door handles. It was also offered in ‘sympathetically restored’ condition.
A couple of other Series 1s were sold, including a ‘continuously maintained’ 1955 model for £9563, as well as a ‘shabby chic' unrestored example for £7650. A slightly later and rare (one of just 239 built) 107-inch Station Wagon made £15,750.
It wasn’t just Series Land Rovers on offer – Silverstone was also offering one of the very last Heritage edition 110 Defenders. This 2016-model car had covered just 108 miles, making it effectively new. The final bid resulted in a final price of £42,118. The Lamborghini Countach SV, thought to be the last SV ever built,
managed to sell for £174,375, while a recently restored 1987 Ferrari 412i sold for £50,625. Fast Fords were once again a highlight, with an extremely clean Capri RS3100 achieving £49,500. Other significant results include a 6000-mile Capri 2.0 Laser for £15,188, and a ‘show-winning’ Fiesta XR2 for £18,000.