Iconic Auctioneers – formerly known as Silverstone Auctions – returned to host its headline sale at the Classic Motor Show on the weekend of November 10-12. Here are our highlights
A dedicated enclosure in Hall 2 at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show allowed viewing for visitors on Friday, followed by the car auction on Saturday and the motorcycle sale on Sunday.
The eclectic mix of cars spanned everything from the pre-war period to modern classics of the 2000s and beyond, with plenty of curios among the varied lots and a handful of exciting thoroughbred competition machines thrown in for good measure. In total 166 cars, 246 motorcycles and 150 lots of automobilia went under the hammer achieving a combined sale rate for cars and motorcycles of 70 per cent, and a total sales value of £7 million.
The headline result was the remarkable figure achieved for Queen Elizabeth II’s 2004 Range Rover L322. The late Queen’s personal Range Rover, driven by her majesty at a show in 2005, is the very same car sold back in July this year for £33,000. Back then it was accompanied by only circumstantial evidence that it was connected to her Late Majesty, but careful research subsequently unearthed video footage with the number plate clearly visible, confirming its heritage. As a result, it achieved a new auction World Record for a Range Rover of its vintage, selling for £132,750.
Other noteworthy sales included an ex-works 1962 Sunbeam Alpine Le Mans racer that returned a strong £165,300 result. The market’s fondness for the Lancia Delta Integrale was confirmed by a £55,667 result, while a 1000-mile-from-new 1982 DeLorean DMC-12 made £67,500.
Heading up the Blue Ovals was a 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution rally car (in rare right-hand-drive and in as-new condition), which achieved a remarkable £486,000. In addition, a 1987 Ford Escort Cosworth with just 12,530 miles on the clock made £137,250 and a 1974 Ford Escort Mk 1 RS2000 more than doubled the auction record for the model by selling for a whopping £108,000. There was also time for a 1984 Ford MK2 Transit Twin Wheel LWB Custom to impress as it sold for £46,688.
It wasn’t all headline-grabbing big-ticket lots, however, with many relative bargains secured by buyers on the day. A case in point was a 1987 ex-press Jaguar XJ-S V12 formerly featured on Top Gear, which sold for £17,437, while £36,000 seemed an absolute steal for a 2005 Ultima GTR powered by a fearsome 600bhp 383ci Chevrolet V8. At the opposite end of the horsepower scale, a timewarp-condition 1991 Suzuki SJ, resplendent in white, made £7875 – some way short of its £15,000-£20,000 estimate. For the full list of results, see iconicauctioneers.com