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Top 10 cars sold at Silverstone Auctions' NEC sale

Auction records tumbled as a 1980 Mk2 Ford Escort RS2000 Custom sells for £97,875 and a 1996 Ford Escort Cosworth Lux went for £91,125 at this year’s NEC classic motor show sale.

A total of £3.6m changed hands during the auction with 67 per cent of the lots on offer finding new owners at the Silverstone Auctions sale on November 11-12.

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1956 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé

This 1956 XK140 Drop-head Coupé has been restored by Jaguar specialist John May at XK Developments in Tewkesbury. Manufactured in left-hand drive with an automatic gearbox, it spent its early life in California, returning to the UK in the 1990s.

The body-off restoration saw the car converted to RHD, fitted with a period/model correct four-speed manual synchromesh gearbox (complete with a compact overdrive) and a C-type head. It was also lightly modified to make it more usable. Upgrades included fitting with servo assisted discs brakes, an upgraded radiator (with a high-efficiency core), an electric cooling fan, 16-inch chrome wire wheels (with Pirelli Cinturato tyres), electric washers and upgraded external lighting. Since then, the car has covered 3500 miles.

Sold for: £95,625


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