Market Finds: A Rare And Varied Collection Of Desirable Vehicles Is Being Readied For The Annual Silverstone Classic Auction

A Rare And Varied Collection Of Desirable Vehicles Is Being Readied For The Annual Silverstone Classic Auction

By News Desk
June 20, 2019

The annual Silverstone Classic Auction is fast approaching and the line-up of cars that will be on offer continues to grow. Taking place at the Silverstone Classic race meet in late July, the sale includes the delivery-mileage Group B Metro 6R4 that we covered in-depth a few weeks ago. This will be joined by another fascinating car that owes its existence to Group B, a 1985 Renault 5 Turbo 2, no. 133 of 200 built. It’s a left-hand-drive car fitted with the desirable Turbo 1 seats and has just undergone an engine rebuild and thorough inspection by Renault specialist Olly Melliard. Its history has only partially been uncovered so far and its estimated value of between £75,000 ($95,000) and £85,000 ($108,000) may possibly increase if further research were to be conducted.

The 1974 Jaguar E-type may be as far removed from the rallying scene as it gets but this particular example is an extremely rare final edition model and is aimed squarely at the sort of keen driver who appreciates a fast road-legal Grand Tourer. Only 50 final edition E-types were built and this V12 roadster is extra special as it is one of only 19 that were fitted with a manual transmission, and it’s a matching numbers example that has been kept in pristine condition. It has spent the past ten years in a private collection and is expected to sell for up to £195,000 ($248,000).

Harry Whale, auction manager for Silverstone Auctions, commented, “We are very excited to offer these cars at our flagship sale at the Silverstone Classic in just over four weeks. The Renault 5 Turbo 2 will certainly attract interest as Group B rallying and anything to do with it has a strong following. The E-type is a very special car for Jaguar enthusiasts, as very few of these commemorative editions have come to market.”

Another beautiful and rare British classic on offer is a 1958 AC Aceca-Bristol, the first of 89 right-hand-drive Bristol engined cars, with a fascinating history. Having spent 38-years in a partially stripped state it was purchased by the current vendor who undertook the mammoth task to restore the car. Thankfully it came with 50 boxes of original parts, which made the job a little easier, and it was driven for the first time on Christmas day in 2014, 47-years after it was first laid up. The car has been an annual concours winner since 2015. Its value is estimated at £110,000 ($140,000) to £130,000 ($165,000).

The Silverstone Classic Auction takes place from the 27-28 July and lots can be previewed the day before the event starts. Cars are still being accepted for auction so if you have something you would like to have consigned then do get in touch with them on the link below.

Images courtesy of Silverstone Auctions

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