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Little Classics News: 29 February 2016

Race Retro Auction Sees £4.7 Million in Classic Car Sales

1990 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II

In front of hundreds of historic motorsport fans, Silverstone Auctions achieved strong results in three days of auctions at Race Retro this weekend with total sales of £4.7million, more than £1.3million up on last year’s total.

Securing a brand new world record price, an incredibly special 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (top), with just 1,723 miles recorded, sold for an amazing £292,500. With phone and online bids coming in from all over the world, as well as plenty of admirers in the room, the car sold to rapturous applause for more than double its lower estimate.

1987 Ford Capri 280 'Brooklands'

Setting another world record price, a 1987 Ford Capri 280 'Brooklands' (above) with a similarly low mileage of just 936 miles, sold for £54,000. Fast Fords proved popular across the board with a best of breed a 1995 Ford Escort RS Cosworth LUX selling for £52,875 and an exceptional 1972 Ford Escort Mexico (below) selling for £43,875, more than £16,000 over its lower estimate.

1972 Ford Escort Mexico

Other road cars that sold well included a 1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MKIII Saloon (below) that had been in the same family ownership for nearly six decades, selling for £208,125. The car had benefitted from a significant restoration and been cossetted throughout its life. Buyers were clearly impressed and the car smashed its estimate by nearly £50,000.

1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 MKIII Saloon

Countach LP400 S, one of just seven right-hand drive models produced, sold for £213,750. A well cared for 1994 Jaguar XJ220 (below) sold for £275,625, and a highly topical 2001 Honda NSX sold for £69,750, nearly £15,000 over its lower estimate.

1994 Jaguar XJ220

Silverstone Auctions next sale takes place this Sunday, 6th March at the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show with 70 cars on offer at the NEC, Birmingham.



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