Ferraris lead the charge at packed Silverstone sale


No fewer than six classic Ferraris crossed the block at Silverstone Auctions' 20 September sale, with the highest price – £88,550 – paid for a 1985 308GTS quattrovalvole.

A 1979 308GTS sold for £52,900, while a dry-sump 308GTB fetched £58,075 – some £13,000 above its pre-sale lower estimate.

Meanwhile, a 1988 412GT was bought for £21,562.

One of the biggest surprises of the sale was provided by a 1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC, which had just 36,000 miles on the clock. It was expected to fetch as much as £22,000, but flew past that figure to sell for £32,000.

The sale also featured a number of barn-finds that did particularly well. A 1970 Aston Martin DBS smashed its pre-sale upper estimate of £24,000 to eventually sell for £33,350. The car had been in storage since 1986, while the engine hadn't been turned over in more than 10 years.

Selling for considerably less was a 1956 Morris Minor split screen that changed hands for just £2300. The car seemed to be in fine condition and looked great value for money.

A 1951 GMC pick-up was tastefully modified, and eventually sold for £22,080 – well above its pre-sale upper estimate of £15,000.

There weren't too many Fiat 500 fans in the room, because both 1967 and 1972 examples failed to sell – as did a Steyr-Puch derivative.

A 1971 Ginetta G15 with competition history fared better, selling above estimate for £13,225.

Meanwhile, a limited-edition 1989 Johnny Cecotto BMW M3 sold for £40,250. 

Ten grand less would have bought a 2000 Lotus Esprit V8 350 Sport, while £10,120 was enough to secure a 1991 Reynard Formula Vauxhall Lotus.

A charming 1968 Porsche 912 fitted with a 911T engine sold for a whisker over its lower estimate at £16,675, which looked like a bargain.

Also appearing to be good value for money was a 1958 Austin-Healey 'Frogeye' Sprite, which sold under its pre-sale lower estimate at £12,880.

A 1982 Lynx Eventer V12 HE that starred in period promotional material was bought for £28,750.

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