Silverstone Auctions pitches up at the NEC in Birmingham this weekend during The Restoration Show for another highly eclectic sale.
There’s everything from mega-bucks supercars to shopping trolleys with tiny mileage. There are also a few examples of fairly prosaic cars carrying eye-watering estimates, but they do appear to be in best-in-the-world condition. Market watchers will be paying close attention to those and some others that could cement the model’s status as a cast-iron investment.
We’ve highlighted a few lots that cover all the bases.
1950 Land Rover Station Wagon by Tickford – Land Rover didn’t offer a factory-built station wagon until ’56, but between late-’48 and mid-’51 offered this, with a coachbuilt body by Tickford. It was massively expensive and only 650 were built, of which only a small handful remain. This one has been owned and restored by a number of enthusiasts and is in good, usable condition. Delightful, isn’t it? Pricey, but you won’t see another. Sold for: £38,250
1959 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan – The ultimate befinned behemoth. Not as extravagant as the Eldorado, but still nearly 19ft long. This one is in tidy condition and seems to have been used as a wedding car. A lot of metal for the money. Sold for: £23,635
1972 De Tomaso Pantera – A pretty Italian supercar with a simple Ford V8 engine should have been a winner. But virtually non-existent quality control turned the dream into a nightmare. Fortunately, time and a dedicated band of enthusiasts has improved the breed and this early car is a prime example. A full restoration to better-than-new condition has been carried out and, best of all, the original 5.7 engine has been thrown out to make way for a monstrous 7.3. Oof. Now sold (buy now: £72,000)
1976 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB – Ferrari’s first mid-engined supercar and good grief is it pretty, an essay in simplicity. It’s fast, too, with a 4.4 flat-12 producing 380bhp. 180mph-plus top speed with race car handling. This is one of 86 RHD cars, sold new to Australia. £25k recently spent on recommissioning and shows just 730km. Not sold (buy now: £295,000)
1981 Volkswagen Scirocco GTi – Literally a Golf GTi in a coupe body with the same lively, injected 1.6 engine and go kart handling. Much rarer though, as it was only produced for one year. This one shows 24k miles and is absolutely immaculate, with lots of money spent in all the right places. Withdrawn
1983 Ford Fiesta XR2 – Ford’s baby hot hatch of the 80s is much under-rated. Admittedly, the handling wasn’t quite up there with the best and the ride was appalling, but it was still a fun thing to punt along, with peppy performance from the carb-fed 1.6 engine. Abuse and a massive rust habit mean they are now very rare. This one is probably the best in the world. Even so, the estimate is ambitious; be interesting to see how it does. Sold for: £18,000
1991 Porsche 928 GT – Possibly the sweet-spot in the 928 range, with 326bhp 5.0 V8 and a 5-spd manual ‘box. Pulled off the rare trick of being both a consumate gran tourer and a pin-sharp sports car. This one is in lovely condition and has been properly maintained throughout its life. Now sold (buy now: £31,000)
1995 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 – As values of early air-cooled 911s rocket, late 993-gen cars are being pulled by behind. Only a few years ago, a good one was about £20k, but not any more. This is a fine example of the base-spec C2 (many would argue the best one), sold new to the UK and sensibly optioned with lowered suspension, Cup wheels and sports seats. Spent a long time in storage but properly recommissioned since. A solid investment. Sold for: £56,250
1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV – As the standard Diablo wasn’t scary enough, the SV had 536bhp, RWD and less weight. Not to mention airscoops in the roof and a massive spoiler. 0-62? 3.9s. This immaculate UK car is thought to be the last SV off the production line. A real piece of Lambo history, then. Sold for: £174,375
2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 – For many, the ultimate 911 with a searing, 494bhp engine and rifle bolt-like manual gearbox. Epic, analogue handling, too. This car has lived in Germany and Monaco; specced to make it usable on-road. Much in demand now, hence estimate roughly double original price. Not sold (buy now: £280,000)
2016 Land Rover Defender 110 Heritage Edition – This is one of the very last Defenders built. A total of 400 Heritage Edition cars were made, with colours and details inspired by the very first road-going Landy ever built. These retail at mid-£40k, so could be a chance to save some money. Sold for: £42,187
We have a very strong desire to own this coffee table made from a Volkswagen 5.0 V10 diesel engine block. Sold for: £720