Records tumble at Classic Motor Show sale

| 16 Nov 2016

More than 120 classics went under the hammer at this year’s Classic Motor Show, with Silverstone Auctions claiming a handful of world records along the way. 

Certainly the most eye-catching lot was a 1958 ex-Chris Barber Lotus Elite, which had been restored by Ant Anstead for the television series For the Love of Cars. Anstead was on hand alongside co-star Philip Glenister to see the historic racer sell for an incredible £121,500 – more than £40,000 over its pre-sale lower estimate. Both the car and the auction will feature in an episode of the programme airing on 20 November. 

Also restored by Anstead was a 1969 Aston Martin DBS 6, which will be heading to its new home in Austria having been bought for £174,375. 

A 1985 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo SE then became the subject of a frantic bidding war, which led to a new world record price of £202,500. However, the record only stood for a matter of minutes before being bettered by a 1989 911 Turbo Flachbau, which fetched £211,500. 

The highest value car in the sale also hailed from Stuttgart, this time an earlier 1957 Porsche 356A T1 Speedster, which got away for £306,563. 

“What a sale!” said Silverstone Auctions’ Nick Whale. “One of out best ever and the most successful we’ve had at the Classic Motor Show since we first hosted the auction back in 2012. I’m delighted that we’ve achieved such strong prices for our vendors and it’s a delight to see buyers going home so pleased with their new purchases.”

Seven Jaguar E-types all sold for above their pre-sale estimates, with a 1962 3.8 Roadster doing particularly well. The car starred alongside model David Gandy in a recent television advetising campaign and sold nearly  £80,000 above estimate at £171,000.

A 1965 4.2 Series I Roadster fetched £146,250, while a barnfind Series III almost doubled its lower estimate to sell for £43,875. 

A 1969 Morris Mini Super Deluxe made £12,938, the proceeds benefiting Prostate Cancer UK. The car was bought by Lancaster Insurance before being fully restored by the MG Owners’ Club prior to the auction. 

In total, £5.8m changed hands with 80% of lots sold.