We were in Birmingham at 9am which can mean only one thing, NEC Classic Motor Show 2019 time. Here's our highlights from the event.
Part of the classic car excitement of the NEC Classic Motor Show is the ongoing sale of cars by Silverstone Auctions. Over the long weekend of November 8-10, in Hall 2 of the National Exhibition Centre, there were over 60 lots prepared to go under the hammer representing automotive history from the pre-war right up to the latest up and coming modern machinery.
Modern classics seemed to cause a real stir among bidders and spectators alike, with some high profile lots like the 1991 BMW 325iS with a smidge under 7000 miles going for a staggering £51,188, a 1993 Jaguar XJ220 with 2000 miles taking an eye-watering £362,813, and on Sunday there was the lowest mileage of them all: a 1989 Mini Thirty Limited Edition with just delivery mileage – it sold for £25,313. That was the tone of the auction: low mileage classics, with plenty of pointers for future investments. For example, there were two other excellent condition BMW 325iS models that sold around £20,000, while icons of an even more recent era included a Maserati 4200 and Ford Focus RS which sold for £21,600 and £20,813 respectively, both from 2003.
Don’t worry, there were other more traditional classics too. A wonderful 1965 Sunbeam Tiger sold for a worthy £65,250, a 1960 Jaguar Mk2 3.8 manual for £34,875, and a rather special 1976 Alfa Romeo Montreal, that hadn’t even been dusted off yet, sold for £39,375. Then there was the quite remarkable 1955 Triumph TR2 which was driven by Leslie Brooke and Mortimer Morros-Goodall at the 1955 Le Mans. This ex-works car retained its special Derringer cylinder head, manifold, axle and brakes which were part of the racing specification, further justifying its final price of £258,750. But then, selling for more than double this was a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 that went under the hammer for a massive £618,750. This car featured an interesting history which included a nut and bolt restoration in 2008 that saw its paint and trim redone; now in California Sage over beige leather interior, as well as some choice performance improvements to the suspension, although retaining the original triple SU carburettor setup. Clearly a car maintained to a high standard and a shining example of some of the cars that Silverstone Auctions can find for the NEC Classic Motor Show.