Spitfire comes to auction - Supermarine not Triumph

| 13 Feb 2012

If someone told you that a Spitfire was included in a classic car auction, you’d probably think of the little Triumph. Historics At Brooklands, however, has got the remains of a Supermarine version going under the hammer at its Mercedes-Benz World sale on Saturday (18 February).

The 1941 MkIIA was manufactured at Castle Bromwich and dispatched to Colerne in Wiltshire. It saw active service with a range of squadrons, from Cornwall to Norfolk, before crashing in July 1944.

The remains were stored for more than 30 years before being displayed at Ibsley Museum in Hampshire, but when that closed down the plane passed to a Mr Harrison, who used to show the fuselage section at charity events.

The Spitfire is supplied with a Certificate of Registration number, which means it can be restored to flying condition. It’s estimated to fetch £120-150,000.

If you fancy a Merlin aero engine to go with it, Historics can help with that, too. A 1945 Packard-built powerplant is also on offer, carrying an estimate of £17-22,000.

Of course, there are some cars on sale, too. Italian classics feature strongly, and include a low-mileage 1934 Lancia Aurelia B20GT (£65-75,000), a 1938 Aprilia (£18-24,000), and a 1970 Alfa Romeo GTAm Evocazione (£22-27,000),

A 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Short-Chassis Roadster is valued between £70-95,000, and sports a Kellner-style fabric body that was designed by its then-owner in 1970. Som 15 Mercedes are due to cross the block, too, including a number of Pagoda projects offered without reserve.

Of course, the sale is also making headlines thanks to some wacky custom cars on the lot list. Click here for our original story on what's been consigned.