Silverstone Auctions sets world record for Mercedes 190E 2.5 Evo 2 at its Race Retro Auction
For 2016, Silverstone Auctions hosted two separate sales over three days at the Stoneleigh Race Retro event: one for the competition cars, and the other for a selection of rather special road cars. Sales for the auction topped £4.7million
By far the most unexpected result was the world record price of £292,500, paid for the 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution 2. Estimated at £140,000-£160,000, this was no ordinary example, having covered 1723 miles since it was built. With strong interest in the room, and from international bidders, the car finally sold for £292,500. At more than double the lower estimate, that makes this a world record auction price for this rather special model.
That wasn’t the only record of the sale. Also the cause of some excited bidding was the 1987 Ford Capri 280 ‘Brooklands’, the run-out special that waved goodbye to the much-adored model. Again, this example had covered minimal mileage (just 936 from new), and ended on £54,000. Fords on the whole did very well for Silverstone at the sale, with an Escort RS Cosworth selling for £52,875 as well as an outstanding 1972 Escort Mexico making £43,875.
Other strong sellers include one of the seven right-hand drive Lamborghini Countach LP400S models built (£213,750), a 2004 Porsche Carrera GT (£427,500) as well as a Jaguar XJ220 (£275,625). Proving that modern Japanese classics need to be taken seriously was the Honda NSX, selling above estimate for £69,750.
Speaking after the sale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, Nick Whale, said: ‘I’m delighted we have achieved these fantastic prices on behalf of our vendors. Once again we’ve been able to host a highly successful auction with both happy sellers and happy buyers and have broken world records by offering some of the finest cars available in the market, with a special combination of auction atmosphere and customer service.’