Silverstone Auctions, founded in 2011, has fast proven itself to be a world-class, specialist auction house for the sale of classic cars, modern super cars, modern and historic motorcycles as well as a variety of aircraft memorabilia. Last night they held their latest live auction of exceptional motor vehicles, three of which sold to online bidders via i-bidder.com.
The first was this 2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina which sold for £205,000. The natural successor to the immortal Ferrari Daytona Spyder, the Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina was a true roadster borne deep in the Ferrari vein. Just 448 Barchettas were produced, this is the second of just 42 righthand drive examples built for the UK. This Ferrari was the sole UK example supplied in the stunning colour combination of Tour de France Blue with Bordeaux interior and included is the original roof, a special order full tonneau cover and as new fitted luggage.
The second Sold for £115,000, there may be newer-looking Range Rovers around these days but that isn’t to say that the original first generation 1970 Range Rover version, with its familiar boxy shape, doesn’t still have its supporters. The car sold yesterday was a Range Rover Chassis Number #001, the first Range Rover to go onto the production line. Built from 24th November 1969 to 17th December 1969 it was first registered on 2nd January 1970 – some 5½ months before the June 17th launch date. Unusually, the vehicle retains all its “matching numbers” components; chassis, engine, gearbox, and axles, as well as the original aluminium bonnet, and the original body shell.
And finally, this 1959 Porsche 356 A Coupe went for £76,000. Introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1955, Porsche had thoroughly updated their 356 line-up of coupes, cabriolets and speedsters. Major changes were the 1600 cc engine, curved screen and revised suspension. A letter of authenticity from Porsche also confirms the car’s identity and the history file even boasts original 356 A promotional literature and an original owner’s manual. Lightweight, with very nimble handling characteristics, the 356 proved to be very popular and also enjoyed significant success in motor sport over the years.
The next ‘not to be missed’ Silverstone Auctions Classic Motor Sale takes place on the 15th November at the NEC Birmingham, as well as online and live on i-bidder.com.