Mini steals the show at Silverstone

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Silverstone Auctions’ 21 July sale took some excitement away from the track as everything from a Mini to various 1990s supercars crossed the block.

And it was a low-mileage Mini that potentially made for the most interesting lot. The 1960 Austin Seven 850 had only 2600 miles on the clock after spending all but two years of its life in heated storage. It sold at the top end of its estimate for  £24,080.

Jaguars also had a strong showing with two XK150s, of 1957 and 1959 vintage, selling for £63,952 and £67,760 respectively. Nonetheless, a 1963 E-Type fhc that had been billed as one of the best available (and was estimated to reach £85-95,000), failed to sell.

Two of the star lots, an ex-Schumacher Benetton B192 and an ex-Salvadori Connaught AL10 were also left without new owners.

The auction house is claiming an impressive 89% sales rate, however, accruing a total of £1.1million; much of this can be attributed to Ferraris.

A lovely 512BB went for £76,160, a 348TB sold for £24,080 and a Mondial offered badge kudos and open-top motoring for £17,024. That was significantly less than another topless Italian – an Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider, which sold for £19,600.

Not to be outdone was one of the defining supercars of the 1990s – a Lamborghini Diablo VT – that sold for £59,360.

Nick Whale, Silverstone Auction’s managing director, said: “The collection of cars we put on offer looked absolutely stunning, so it’s very pleasing that this was met with such strong demand and interest.”

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