Silverstone Auctions’ NEC sale grosses an incredible £8.1 million thanks to a catalogue chock full of low-mileage stunners, motorsport heroes and rarities.
The NEC Classic Motor Show is one of the big occasions where everyone tends to pull out the stops – and Silverstone Auctions is no exception. Its sale on November 12-13 was once again chock full of low-mileage stunners, motorsport heroes and rarities, to the extent that it was one of the show’s major highlights.
A 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster and a genuine 1999 Subaru Impreza WRC car both impressed by selling for £270,000 apiece, but the biggest hitter of all was a 1988 Ford RS200 in rare road specification that had covered just 7800 miles from new and made £292,500.
Indeed, low-mileage Blue Ovals proved to be one of the sale’s main themes. A 2003 Ford Focus RS that had only covered 21 miles sold for £74,833, and was immediately followed by two Mk2 cars – a 2010 RS500 showing a mere 948 miles at £99,000, and a 357-mile 2009 car at £63,000. Moving back a generation, a 2370-mile Mk2 Escort 1600 Sport made £37,687, while another lesser-travelled hero was a 1987 Capri 2.8 Injection Special showing only 3617 miles, which sold for £58,500. However, this was still some way short of an 8795-mile Sierra RS Cosworth, which changed hands for £132,750. And there was still time for a commercial to impress, as a 1972 Mk1 Transit Custom boasting a mileage of just 7071 was sold for an astonishing £61,875.
Elsewhere, prestige brands featured heavily, with an unregistered 1989 Jaguar XJ-S 5.3 V12 Convertible selling for £131,625. And it was a similar story for performance moderns, with a 1992 Honda NSX making £112,500, a 1996 Volkswagen Corrado VR6 VSR selling for £24,750, and a concours 8-valve Golf GTi Mk2 making £27,000. In addition, a 1994 Renault Clio Williams impressed at £36,000, while a 2000 Mitsubishi Evo VI Tommi Makinen Edition in Passion Red made an astonishing £110,250. If you didn’t mind having one in black with a thick layer of dust, however, then £28,125 was enough to procure an example that had been off the road since 2014.
Older rarities included a right-hand drive Steyr-Puch 500D that sold for £24,750, an Isetta once owned by Stirling Moss, a 1965 TVR Trident at £76,500, and a whole host of Minis topped off by a re-shelled ex-Works Cooper S (DJB 93B), which sold for £124,875.
All told, sales totalled £8.1 million, with an excellent 78 per cent sale rate. For the full results list, see silverstoneauctions.com.