Putting the hammer down with Silverstone Auctions

With over 100 classic and competition cars going under the hammer at Race Retro this weekend, Silverstone Auctions are providing an exclusive chance to own a piece of motorsport or classic car history. Although unfortunately I wouldn’t be able to take home one of the stunning cars myself, I couldn’t help but pay a visit to see what’s on offer.

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From BTCC to WRC, Silverstone Auctions had it all in the Competition Car Sale

I grew up watching Super Tourers on TV. The likes of Rickard Rydell, Alain Menu and Jason Plato going wheel-to-wheel was a true spectacle, and almost certainly fuelled my passion for motorsport as a child. That inner child came out in a big way today, getting up close with two titans of the era; the 1999 Ford Mondeo as driven by Anthony Reid, and the 1997 Nissan Primera, driven by the late David Leslie.

1999 Ford Mondeo Super Tourer

Anthony Reid Ford Mondeo BTCC

Ask someone to name a Super Tourer and chances are they’ll mention this car. At a rumoured cost of £850,000+ per car to build for Team Mondeo, they left no stone unturned in their pursuit of a BTCC title. This particular chassis took Anthony Reid to a deserved podium finish in the finale of the 1999 season. It has since gone on to take similar silverware at both Silverstone Classic and the Gold Cup.

1997 Nissan Primera Super Tourer

David Leslie Nissan Primera BTCC

With three visits to the podium in the 1997 season, this Nissan Primera Super Tourer not only has a credible BTCC history, but has since gone on to compete in the Swedish counterpart, the STCC. Painstakingly restored to its original 1997 Vodafone Nissan Racing factory colours in 2013 by D&B Coachworks, this great example of touring car history is now eligible for the Super Touring Car Championship. Unfortunately it didn’t match the asking price at the auction, but I can guarantee you’ll see it out on track soon!

1999 Ford Focus WRC Rally Car

Colin McRae WRC Ford Focus

BTCC cars weren’t the only ones to catch my eye at Silverstone Auctions Competition Car Sale. After seeing his 1993 Subaru Impreza at London Classic Car Show last week, it appears the late Colin McRae is trying to get me back into World Rally Championship this year. He drove this particular chassis on four rallies during the 1999 season. With my first ever car being a similar model, I remember taking country lanes after just passing my test envisaging Nicky Grist sitting next to me calling out pace notes, pretending in my delusion I would be the next WRC Champion. Definitely felt a warm nostalgia moment sat in the auction today.

 

What’s on Saturday 24 February

Friday wasn’t the end of the action though at Race Retro. With 70 classic cars up for auction on Saturday at 2pm, ranging from a 1987 BMW E30 M3 to a 2010 Porsche 911 (997) GT3 RS GEN II, there’s certainly going to be a car on everyone’s wishlist up for sale. With a full lot listing available here, here are my top 5 cars to look out for in Silverstone Auction’s Classic Car Sale:

1. 1997 Aston Martin V8 Vantage V550-Manual

What you need to know:

  • Car was originally delivered to Sir Elton John in May 1997
  • Just 8,663 miles on the odometer
  • One of 240 standard V550 Vantages built
  • Estimate by Silverstone Auctions (£): 190,000-240,000

Sir Elton may be known for his flamboyant and extravagant style, but this 1997 Vantage is subtly refined, yet at the same time possesses aggressive characteristics. Hand built at the factory in Newport Pagnell, it’s hard to miss it’s low stance, flared wheel arches and gaping front grill. Turning over the ignition unleashes a monstrous 550 bhp through it’s 5.3L V8 engine, making it capable of a staggering 191mph in the right hands. This certainly isn’t one to be missed, especially with such as great history.

2. 1969 Dodge Charger ‘Bullitt’ spec

Bruce Willis Dodge Charger

What you need to know:

  • Originally purchased by Demi Moore for her husband at the time, Bruce Willis
  • Subsequently imported to the UK by rock legend Jay Kay
  • £25,000 engine upgrade/rebuild in 2014
  • Estimate by Silverstone Auctions (£): 50,000-60,000

Speaking of great history, you can’t get much better than your car’s previous owners being a renowned rock star and a blockbuster Hollywood hero! The 1969 Dodge Charger was originally made famous by the classic car chase in Steve McQueen’s ‘Bullitt’. However, this particular model has enough pedigree that it’s guaranteed to be the conversation topic at your next dinner party. That’s if you actually turn up and don’t decide to take it for a longer spin yourself!

3. 1983 Lamborghini Countach LP500S

What you need to know:

  • One of only 25 (possibly fewer)
  • Holder of 12 British outright records in 1983
  • Tested by Car Magazine, with a copy of the article included with the car
  • Estimate by Silverstone Auctions (£): 260,000-290,000

Originally owned by racing driver Barry Robinson. He took the Countach to speeds of 180mph for extended periods at Millbrook proving ground, breaking numerous records in the process. Having spent the past 10 years in storage, it was purchased in 2014 and has since been restored to its present pristine condition. For many, the Countach is the epitome of a true supercar with its striking style and outlandish design. Perfect for those looking to make a statement.

4. 1981 Ferrari 512BB

Bruce Willis Dodge Charger Ferrari 512BB

What you need to know:

  • Koenig front bumper, mirrors, wheel arches and exhaust fitted by Ferrari dealer
  • Fully documented rebuild/restoration in 1991
  • Estimate by Silverstone Auctions (£): 230,000-265,000

Ever bought a supercar so that you can get the tyres you want? No? Me neither. But that’s exactly what the original owner of this 512BB did. Eager to own Pirelli’s new low profile ‘super tyre’, the P7, in 1982. He commissioned a number of bodywork modifications to be carried out to allow the Ferrari to fit his desired tyres. The result is this breath-taking, unique model which would be the centre-piece of any car collectors collection.

5. 2010 Porsche 911 (997) GT2 RS

Porsche GT2 RS

What you need to know:

  • 1 of only 500 built worldwide
  • Just 5,950 miles on the odometer
  • A sensational 620 bhp
  • Estimate by Silverstone Auctions (£): 320,000-360,000

The ultimate driving machine. Crafted into a nimble 911 chassis, Porsche modified the GT2 RS by modifying its suspension, applying Composite Ceramic Brakes and significantly lightening the car lead to a car destined for the track. Capable of reaching 60mph from standstill in just 3.4 seconds, it is guaranteed to thrill all that get behind the wheel.

 

But that’s not all Silverstone Auctions have to offer at Race Retro, to keep up-to-date with auction timings and listings, follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook. This is the perfect opportunity for those looking to add a timeless classic to their garage, or to fulfil a childhood dream.

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