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Mercedes tops the all-star billing

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR recreation

HEADING outside the UK for its international debut at the Classic Race Aarhus in Denmark, Silverstone Auctions achieved total sales of more than €2 million.

The two-day sale featured nearly 100 best-of-breed cars from vendors in Europe and the UK.

The star car of the sale, a beautiful recreation of the iconic Mercedes Benz 300SLR (pictured), was sold to rapturous applause for €326,250. One of just five examples, this 2010 model was hand-built to the exact dimensions of the original, utilising the very highest quality components throughout.

A 1964 Mercedes 600, formally owned by travel tycoon Simon Spies, sold for €140,630, more than €20,000 over its lower estimate.

Collectors seeking a special low mileage classic were spoilt for choice. A remarkable, time-warp 1974 Volkswagen Beetle barn-find with just 90km from new sold for €38,250 while a 1991 BMW 850i with just one owner and an indicated mileage of 1,759km sold for €87,750, believed to be a new world record price.

Ferrari fans were impressed by a 2003 Ferrari 456M with just 11,900km from new and the desirable manual gearbox, which sold for €90,000, more than €25,000 over its lower estimate.

Of royal provenance, a 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500GE, which was purchased new by ex-King Constantine of Greece, sold for €25,310.

BMW M car enthusiasts fought hard over a pair of special examples with a recommissioned 1986 BMW E28 M5 selling for €49,500. A definite contender for future classic status, a 2005 BMW M3 (E46) CS sold for €30,150.

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