Top 12: Classic cars sold at the Silverstone Classic Auction

The Silverstone Classic sale which took place at the historic race meeting saw a packed auction room which achieved an excellent sale rate of 74% (excluding competition cars) with £6.4 million worth of sales overall. Auction manager Harry Whale summed up the weekend, 'With an overall sale rate of 67% generating £6.4 million and classic cars alone achieving 74%, we are delighted with the weekend and to set industry-leading results in the current market conditions.'


1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 'Gullwing'

Supplied new in December 1954 to Hoffman of New York, it was originally finished in Mercedes 'Racing Silver'. Thhis early car features the highly desirable 'belly pans'. Upgrades include sports camshaft and electronic power steering (removable). Imported from Arizona in 1989, it is finished in Fire Engine Red. First UK owner was Lotus Team Manager, Peter Warr.
Gearbox and brakes have recently been overhauled. Stainless steel exhaust. Four new tyres in 2018. Injection pump was completely rebuilt by HK Engineering in Germany two years ago

Sold for: £832,500


1958 AC Aceca-Bristol

This car was the first Aceca fitted with the Bristol engine. First registered 2 July 1958 it has its original engine, gearbox and chassis. It's been in long term ownership from March 1966 to 2005 before being bought by the current vendor. Partially stripped in August 1967, it remained that way for 38 years
before being restored. Notable 'Concours' success 2015 - 2018 winning the 2018 ACOC Hurlock Trophy as 'Champion Car'

Sold for: £101,250


1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkIII

'Matching numbers' and accompanied by a detailed history folder with a photographic record of the restoration, this car was supplied new to Johannesburg in right-hand drive before returning to the UK in 2000. Restored to concours standards with invoices of more than £85,000. Work included bare metal respray in Pacific Blue, engine and gearbox rebuilt. 

Sold for: £164,250


1960 AC Aceca

#AE743 is a UK-delivered, right-hand drive AC Aceca originally ordered in Mist Green with green leather. Subject to extensive restoration. Engine completely rebuilt by Hurley Engine Services. Water jacket and crankshaft modified by Rod Briggs. Finished in Javelin Grey. Completely new tan leather interior by David Nightingale

Sold for: £135,000


1963 Austin Mini Cooper S 'Whizzo Williams'

Cooper 1071S delivered to Barrie Williams within a few weeks of the model being announced. 120 MNP won its inaugural rally, the International Welsh Rally in 1964 with Barrie and John Griffiths - it was the first international win by a Cooper S - before the much publicised Hopkirk/Monte Carlo success
Used by Barrie for two seasons. Sold to a friend and bought back several years later. Re-shelled and rebuilt as it would have been on the Welsh. Some later safety updates (roll cage, seats, belts etc). Used by Barrie as his favourite road car for years. Lots of history, photographs. A legendary car from a legendary man.

Sold for: £65,250


1970 Aston Martin DBS V8

This press car, registered SKX IIJ hit the headlines when it was tested in 1971 and recorded an average speed of 160mph on the M4. The current vendor is actor and comedian Steve Coogan. The right-hand drive model has been restored and is said to be in amazing condition.

Sold for: £151,875


1974 BMW 2002 Turbo


Europe's first turbocharged production car. 170bhp/240Nm of torque and 0-60 in 6.9 seconds. This one was UK-supplied in left-hand drive by A.R Sewell & Sons of Dunmow, Essex and still wearing its original numberplate. It's covered 57,583 miles in the hands of its three owners, the last since 2011. The KKK turbocharger was upgraded in 1983 to a Terry Drury Racing version and is currently fitted with an IHI Turbo. Presented in Chamonix White with BMW-Motorsport colours, black sports seats, Turbo alloys. Just 1672 cars produced in total with around 500 thought to remain.


Buy it now for £70,250


1978 Volkswagen Beetle Last Edition

One of 300 last edition Volkswagen Beetles, the last cars to roll off the production line in Germany in 1978. Showing just 81 miles, it was never registered, correctly dry-stored and offered from a significant collection. Finished in Jubilee Silver metallic paintwork, untouched Marine Blue velour trim it's as good as new.

Sold for: £39,938


1988 Rouse Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth Group A

Legendary and iconic-liveried Rouse Kaliber 'Group A' Sierra from 1988. Continuous history line and long-term single ownership from the early nineties. Purchased from the Bathurst Museum in 1993 by current vendor. Fully engineered to a very high standard and on-the-button with spares. Eggenberger-pattern steel roll cage update from 1994.

Sold for: £170,000


1991 Ferrari Testarossa

Dating from 1991 and finished in Rosso and Crema with Rosso carpets, its extensive accompanying paperwork suggests a genuine 15,180 miles from new. History file includes copy invoices, previous MOTs, SORN docs (2009-2013) and previous owner statement. Prepared for sale by specialist Bob Houghton to include, belts, service, new clutch and MOT.

Sold for: £99,000


1991 Porsche 928 GT

Only 25,900 warranted miles and never been restored. Powered by a 5.0-litre V8, 326bhp, with a five-speed manual gearbox and sports suspension. Superbly finished in Guards Red with Linen leather piped in black. Supplied new in June 1991 by Roger Clark Cars of Leicester. Comes with a comprehensive history and a recent service by Porsche Centre Guildford

Sold for: £67,500


1995 Ford Escort Cosworth Motorsport

Genuine homologation special and very rare Motorsport edition ‘Big Turbo’ Escort Cosworth. Just 12,500 miles indicated, two owners from new, dry stored correctly and never used on a wet road. Forming part of a private collection, offered fully recommissioned with a major service and fresh MOT. Factory-built 'Motorsport' edition in lightweight spec missing sunroof, power windows, air-conditioning.

Sold for: £68,063