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SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS SALON PRIVE REVIEW

SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS SALON PRIVE REVIEW

Posted by Glenn Rowswell on 19th October 2017

SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS,  SEPTEMBER 2ND

Silverstone Auctions upmarket Salon Privé event at Blenheim Palace is where the seriously well turned-out parade their colour co-ordinated supercars in front of keen-eyed concours judges. But with many of the big spenders attending the event in ‘day out’ mode rather than indulging in a spending spree, there were buyers for only 54% of the auction cars.

Despite this, several record prices were nonetheless recorded at the Oxfordshire venue led by the £245,250 paid by a room (rather than phone) bidder for a rare 1989 Porsche 911 Turbo SE Cabrio with distinctive flat-nose treatment, one of only 10 made, for which £190,000 or more had been suggested.

Earlier, a two-way bidding struggle had taken place between room and internet bidders for ownership of a now cool and collectable Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI Tommi Makinen World Rally Champ colours. The celebration edition roared past its lower guide price of £34,000 as the determined tent bidder emerged victorious with a final price of £46,688 with premium.

A 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with split-window Coupe bodywork was also applauded for making £102,938, almost £23,000 clear of the lower estimate figure and another UK auction record. Muscle car fans were also impressed with the £102,375 achieved by a multi-award winning 1969 Shelby GT500. Meanwhile, enthusiastic phone versus room bidding for a Lamborghini Urraco P250 pushed its price £11,000 beyond its lower estimate to sell for £96,188, drawing more applause, while its far more agricultural stablemate, a Lambo 1R tractor, also attracted lively bidding to sell to a telephone contestant for £20,813.

As at Beaulieu, international interest was also strong at Blenheim, where a 1972 Rolls-Royce Corniche sold to Australia for £37,125, and a 1974 Porsche 911 S 2.7 found a new home in California for an upper estimate-beating £87,750. In fact classic Porsches performed strongly in the wheel-tracks of the record-busting Flat Nose with a 356B 1600S Coupe selling for £118,125 and a 1960 356B Super 90 Cabrio sailing past is £160,000 lower estimate to achieve a final sale price of £191,250 after a two-way battle in the sale room.

Indeed, one of the longest and most intense battles of the afternoon was fought over a 1988 911 Type 930 Turbo Targa in £500 increments until a room bidder had to concede to an internet player who ended up paying £93,375 during what amounted to a £2.75m afternoon. For where cars sold, several of them did so for strong prices.

Silverstone Auctions Salon Prive

Considered by Porsche aficionados to be the Holy Grail of 930-generation 911s, a 1989 Turbo SE Cabrio with the desirable Flat Nose bodywork was seriously contested until hammer fall at £218,000, costing the winner £245,520 with premium.

Silverstone Auctions Salon Prive

Not a multi-million dollar genuine Ford GT40 from the period, but the next best thing surely was a 2012-constructed and officially-sanctioned Superformance Continuation GT40 Mk1 bought for £126,000.

Silverstone Auctions Salon Prive

Despite its infamous turbo lag, the BMW 2002 Turbo was the hot ticket of its day. Looking quite original and with the Munich firm’s ‘Motorsport’ striping, 1974 35,000-miler fetched a turbocharged £81,000.

Silverstone Auctions Salon Prive

Superbly restored 1960 MGA 1600 Mk1 in Deluxe spec had been a concours winner, hence the £47,813 paid by a new owner.

Silverstone Auctions Salon Prive

Modern classics continue to surprise at auction and the £46,688 result of a UK-market Tommi Makinen Edition 2000 Mitsubishi EVO VI.

Silverstone Auctions Salon Prive

The ultimate Sunbeam Alpine was the rally and race-proven Tiger. A 1965 Ford 260ci powered Mk1 Tiger changed owners in Oxfordshire for £39,417.

Silverstone Auctions Salon Prive

A 1972 Ford Escort Mexico Mk1 had been treated to a most diligently executed restoration to the highest standards and deserved its £38,250.

Silverstone Auctions Salon Prive

Rock star and petrolhead Jay Kay’s 1976 Silver Shadow I, starring in an upcoming Jamiroquai pop video, certainly rocked at Blenheim by selling for £34,313: incredible money for any Shadow.

Silverstone Auctions Salon Prive

Every Lamborghini owner simply must have one. A 1966 Lambo 1R Tractor, unlikely to ever dirty its wheels following Italian restoration,