Silverstone Classic Auction Preview

1969 Lynx-Jaguar XKSS

Auction season is in full swing as yet another incredible auction brings some of the most celebrated cars for collectors and enthusiasts alike and this weekend the Silverstone Classic sale is set to be yet another great one with a number of ‘auction heroes’ going under the hammer.

There are a number of highlights that will be for sale during the weekend including a recreation of the Jaguar XKSS hand built buy Jaguar specialists Lynx Motors. Based on a 1969 Series II E-Type, the Lynx-Jaguar XKSS took over 3,000 man hours to build and it features a completely rebuilt engine producing 270hp and the car is delightfully finished in gloss black with a red interior.

There were only 16 original XKSSs made and apparently each car is valued between £8-£10 million so with an estimate of £250,000 – £280,000, the handbuilt Lynx-Jag is somewhat a bargain.

Another iconic car for sale is the Ferrari Dino 246 GT. The values of Dinos have been climbing incredibly over the last decade and that trend shows no signs of stopping.

This particular Dino was imported to the UK in 1988, it had a complete restoration in 1994 and has only covered 7,910 miles so it is in exceptional condition. It retains its original sales invoice, rare factory warranty card, owner’s handbook, tool kit, jack and bag. With an estimate of £240,000 – £280,000 you can expect this to exceed its estimate.

Along with these incredible road cars there are also some racing cars that will be auctioned from the private collection of one of Italy’s most successful racing drivers, Piercarlo Ghinzani. From his there are a number of Formula 1 and Formula 3 racers.

Ghinzani’s collection features a 1977 March Toyota Formula 3 car (estimate of £45,000 – £55,000), which won the Formula 3 Championship and a 1979 March Toyota (estimate of £40,000 – £48,000), which Ghinzani won the overall Italian Formula 3 championship in.

If F3 is too slow for you then Ghizani’s collection does include some F1 cars. Up for auction is a recently restored 1983 Osella-Alfa Romeo that raced in the F1 World Championship with an estimate of £100,000 – £125,000 and a 1985 Benetton Toleman that has an estimate of £35,000 – £45,000.

No classic car auction would be complete without a number of Porsches going under the hammer. The 1991 Porsche 964 RS N/GT Clubsport is one of the rarest 911 secifications and this car was actually a gift from Porsche to endurance racing driver, Ulrich Richter, to lure him back into racing. As a result this is one of the very first Clubsport specs off the production line.

Clubsport spec gives you racing bucket seats, a roll-cage, no air-con and no carpets. It is as purely driver-focused as it gets and with an estimate of £230,000 – £260,000, this 964 RS is regarded as one of the most exciting examples on auction.

Another Porsche in the spotlight is the 1972 911 2.4 S. This original car comes with a large history file, Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche, original tool set and is in excellent overall condition. The car will go under the hammer with an estimated price of £130,000 – £150,000.

The Silverstone Classic auction begins on the 23rd of July and runs through to the 26th. For the full listing of lots and dates for particular cars visit here.

By James Fothergill

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