IN front of hundreds of historic motorsport fans, Silverstone Auctions achieved strong results in three days of auctions at Race Retro with total sales of £4.7million.
Securing a new world record price, an incredibly special 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II, with just 1,723 miles recorded, sold for £292,500. With phone and online bids coming in from all over the world, as well as plenty of admirers in the room, the car sold to rapturous applause for more than double its lower estimate.
Setting another world record price, a 1987 Ford Capri 280 ‘Brooklands’ with a similarly low mileage of just 936 miles, sold for £54,000.
Fast Fords proved popular across the board with a best of breed a 1995 Ford Escort RS Cosworth LUX selling for £52,875 and an exceptional 1972 Ford Escort Mexico making £43,875, more than £16,000 over its lower estimate.
As well as classic road cars, more than £580,000 worth of competition cars were also sold at the historic motorsport event in the first separate race car auction at Race Retro.
Other road cars that sold well included a 1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MKIII Saloon that had been in the same family ownership for nearly six decades, selling for £208,125. The car had benefited from a significant restoration and been cossetted throughout its life. The car smashed its estimate by nearly £50,000.
Iconic supercars were also in much demand. A 2004 Porsche Carrera GT that had come from a private collection sold for £427,500, while a 1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S, one of just seven right-hand drive models produced, sold for £213,750. A well cared for 1994 Jaguar XJ220 sold for £275,625, and a 2001 Honda NSX sold for £69,750, nearly £15,000 over its lower estimate.
Ferrari 550 Maranellos are proving to be the next big thing in the classic Ferrari market, and a 1999 example reading only 21,000 miles and presented in the special order colour of Canna di Fucile sold for £110,250, more than £30,000 over its lower estimate.
Silverstone Auctions next sale takes place this Sunday, March 6, at the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show with 70 cars on offer at the NEC, Birmingham.