Barnfind Maserati doubles estimate at Silverstone

| 21 May 2013

A 1968 Maserati Ghibli that had been hidden away for 14 years sold for £31,625 at Silverstone Auctions’ International Trophy Sale on 17 May.

A Saurer-styled 1975 Merak also bettered its upper estimate of £40,000, selling for £45,700. It had been part of a private Swiss collection up until 1995, before moving to Spain and being imported to the UK in 2009.

While Modena-built cars stirred up much of the interest, it was a 1964 Ferrari 330GT that topped the sale at £89,380.

Reputedly Enzo’s favourite model, the car on offer was originally shipped to the US, before being imported into the UK in 2002, where it served as an Aston Martin specialist’s personal car.

Avoiding being turned into a 250GTO replica, the 330 had instead been stripped, resprayed and treated to new chrome work, fresh badges, plus a stainless-steel exhaust.

On the model’s 50th anniversary, a 1971 Porsche 911 2.2S came close to matching the Ferrari, making £82,100.

It has also been restored, a job that included a repaint and a complete mechanical overhaul to the tune of more than £50k. It has covered just 500km since.

Cheaper lots from both Ferrari and Porsche were on offer, though.

A 1988 412i was an example of the former. Selling for £16,330 it had just 45,700 miles on the clock and, if you could stomach the worry of a Maranello-built V12, offered 340bhp, 2+2 practicality and was one of only 1308 produced.

Meanwhile, a 1990 911 targa that sold for £17,020 offered a more attainable alternative from Stuttgart. It had covered 55,000 miles and was finished in Guards Red.

Finally, the Fiat 124 Spider that seduced Alastair Clements in May’s issue of C&SC went for £9200.

The full results can be viewed on the auction house’s website.