With the Government seemingly trying to take us all back to the Thatcher Days of the 80s, it’s no wonder that retro seems to be the in-thing, and at no greater place than Silverstone Auctions hosted Race Retro & Classic Car Sale which takes place at Stoneleigh Park on Saturday 23rd February with over 80 vehicles on sale.
And by ‘retro’ we really are talking ‘retro’ with nearly a third of the cars on offer having been used in a competitive race at some time and the remaining 55 road-going models spanning some six decades.
Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions said: “The Race Retro & Classic Car Sale is a must-attend auction for those looking for their next dream car or even their first affordable classic. It’s also a fantastic opportunity for any serious collector to add to an existing collection, or those seeking an investment opportunity.”
It is a fair point about investment that Mr Whale with banks not only offering low interest rates but having a reputation for trustworthiness less than that of politicians; so purchase of a classic car may well be a solid investment – at the right price.
Racing-wise, seemingly top-of-the-shop in the eye-catching department is a 1953 Connaught AL10 Historic Grand Prix car once driven by Roy Salvadori and estimated to sell at between £200,000 and £250,000.
Then there is another British grand prix car from the same year in the shape of a Cooper Bristol estimated at between £140,000 to £160,000.
And finally, for urgent consideration is a car (above) that appeared in the classic, cult and brilliant movie “Le Mans” that starred Steve McQueen. It is one of the 3 cars that he actually drove and it was in the film and it is a 1969 Lola T70 MkIII B that is estimated to sell for the remarkable price of between £570,000 and £650,000.
On the road, quite literally, you can find a whole load of cars worth a closer look and certainly for purchase consideration. These include a one family owned from new 1967 Aston Martin DB6, a rarity in itself, estimated at between £110,000 to £130,000, a very rare 1960 Lancia Appia GTE Zagato (£50,000 to £60,000), and a left-hand drive1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1½ Roadster 4.2, estimated at £52,000 to £58,000.
Just imagine your friends faces if you brought one of those home. You would never be so popular!
There is also a 1967 Alvis Burns Special – the only one of its kind in the world – estimated to sell at between £60,000 to £70,000.
"The history behind this unique Alvis Burns Special is truly fascinating," comments Nick Whale. "Aside from being one of the rarest cars in the world, it is presented in an absolutely superb condition, as backed up with recent concours wins, adding to its desirability further."
And if you are looking for something a little different, the auction can provide that as well.
One of the lots is a 1962 Leyland Routemaster red double-decker bus, estimated at between £20,000 and £28,000. Any rumours that a cast member of the Double Deckers is to bid for it have been made up for me I’m afraid. Owning a bus is one of my wildest dreams, along with being able to sing in the X Factor Final and perform at the Royal Variety performance. The bus is the most likely – or should I say least unlikely.
But, I digress; there also a 1995 Austin FX4 ‘Fairway’ London Taxi that is on offer without reserve.
“Silverstone Auctions is very excited to bring this fine collection of cars to auction at our Race Retro Sale. The icing on the cake is that we’ve also got some fascinating automobilia lots on offer, as well as a handful of classic motorbikes,” spouted Nick Whale. (sorry; couldn’t resist it Nick)
If you fancy any of these lots, or want to know what else is available, you will need to buy an auction catalogue, and if you want to bid you must register beforehand at www.i-bidder.com, or on the day at the auction.
For more information about these vehicles, or for any of the other models being offered at the Race Retro & Classic Car Sale, visit www.silverstoneauctions.com.