Silverstone Auctions holds its first European sale in a couple of weeks at the little-known but brilliant
Classic Race Aarhus festival in Denmark.
It’s effectively the Danish equivalent of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, with races held on a street circuit in Hojbjerg, on Denmark’s east coast. It is, by all accounts, one of the friendliest race meetings in Europe.
Held over two days, the sale reflects Denmark’s eclectic car culture and there are some serious bargains to be had. Here are Only Motors’ top picks.
1934 Hillman Aero Minx – Delightful little Art Deco coupe, fully restored some years ago. Quite sporty to drive, but you better like your passenger – there’s very little cabin space. Buy now: EUR 28,600
1954 Volkswagen Beetle – Tidy, largely original example of the early ‘oval window’ Bug, complete with period roof rack and trafficators. With a 25bhp 1.2 engine it ain’t fast, but so charming. Sold for EUR 14,630
1966 Unimog 406 – Military-spec ‘Mog with 6-cyl diesel engine and in very nice condition. Will still be an unstoppable force off-road. Unsold
1967 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia – Heavily modified example of the delicious Beetle-based coupe, with 170bhp 2.4 engine, fully-adjustable suspension and Porsche brakes. Sold for EUR 26,400
1971 Dodge Charger R/T replica – So ugly it’s cool. A well-executed, heavily-modified R/T replica with big-power HEMI motor. Shown at SEMA in ’07. Buy now: EUR 73,700
1985 Porsche 928S – One of the greatest GTs ever, here in 310bhp 4.7 ‘S’ form with rare manual ‘box. Fabulous colour, too. Completely original and low miles. Buy now: EUR 26,580
1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 – Very clean, low-mileage example, reshelled in ’93 after a fire. Heavily modified with 442bhp engine and upgraded suspension and brakes. Sold for EUR 81,400
1988 Ford Escort XR3i – Never as good as the Golf GTi, but its blue collar image appealed to thousands Essex boys across Europe. This one looks very tidy, if you can ignore the godawful period bodykit, graphics and wheels. Sold for EUR 2,250
1989 Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evolution – DTM homologation special with wide-track suspension, bigger brakes, massive spoiler and more power. This one’s very nice. Buy now: EUR 114,400
1991 BMW 850i – BMW’s attempt to build the best GT world at it almost was, especially with 295bhp 5.0 V12. This rare manual example is probably the best in the world, showing just 1700km. Sold for EUR 87,750
1993 Mercedes 500GE – Just 500 G-Wagens were built with a 5.0 V8. This one was originally owned by the King of Greece. Well used but properly looked after. Surprising how well pruple suits it. Sold for EUR 25,310
1994 Dodge Viper RT/10 – Possibly the last of the true He-Man cars, with a 400bhp 8.0 V10, no driver aids and an unforgiving nature. This one is completely original. Buy now: EUR 41,360
2003 Ferrari 456M GT – Rare, late manual ‘box example showing just 12,000km. A brilliant car that’s bound to catch on eventually, surely? Sold for EUR 90,000
2005 BMW M3 CS – According to many, the best M46 M3. Largely based on the CSL, but less hardcore and had the option of a manual ‘box. This one was fitted with most of the options list and has been very well maintained. Sold for EUR 30,150
2010 Mercedes 300SLR recreation – Highly accurate replica of the legendary 50s racer, built by respected specialists. Powered by 2.8 6-cyl engine from W123 E-Class, driving 4-spd manual ‘box. Real thing probably worth 200 times more. Sold for EUR 326,250
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