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.
Just a quick perusal of their latest online catalogue available via i-bidder.com for the upcoming annual Silverstone Classic Sale and it’s easy to see why – you can easily slip into the mind-set of Top Gun, James Bond, Lewis Hamilton or even the Wolf of Wall Street if that’s what takes your fancy.
The sale features 357 lots and is live online this Saturday and Sunday 26 and 27 of July. Truly a feast for classic car and aircraft enthusiasts, it also includes the finer things in life such as Tag Huer watches, vintage Louis Vuitton luggage and something for an evening tipple after a hard day enjoying all of the above.
We’ve picked out some lots that have had us marvelling here:
A 1988 Panavia Tornado F3 – Lot 355
The last of the Cold War interceptors, the Tornado F3 “Guardian of the Skies” is a fast jet fighter aircraft capable of a maximum speed of 1490 mph which served the RAF for 25 years prior to retirement in 2011. The Tornado and is the only example of a privately owned aircraft of its kind in the world, making it a unique acquisition for the discerning collector.
This is also highly likely to be the only time a RAF Tornado F3 is offered for auction as the entire RAF F3 fleet (bar a handful of aircraft preserved in national museums) have been spares, recovered and then subsequently scrapped.
As it is such a rare opportunity to buy – no price estimate has been shown and the aircraft has been offered with no reserve.
1962 Porsche 356B T6 Super 90 Cabriolet – Lot 346
This beauty manufactured in 1962 highlights the fully updated design revealed by Porsche in 1959 with sleek new lines more suitable for the American market.
It’s no surprise the other speedsters of this make have reached prices of £250,000 and with a modest estimate of £100,000 – 120,000 this could be an absolute steal ready for you to see out the summer in.
The Official Ferrari Enzo Opus Book 1/100 – Lot 112
Here we have the crown jewel of official Ferrari memorabilia – This Opus edition is a celebration of all things Ferrari, be it road or race car on the track with the F1 team or in the cockpit with the drivers. As well as behind the scenes with the workers at the legendary factory in Maranello, Italy.
This unique Edition has traveled the world from Maranello to Las Vegas picking up signatures of stars and celebrities alike. Featuring over 1,000 images, many rare and previously unpublished, the Opus also contains exclusive photo shoots of key Ferrari personalities such as Luca di Montezemolo, Niki Lauda and Jean Todt. Along with a unique photo essay by world renowned photographer Rankin, showing the iconic 1961 California Spider in a brand new way.
When the Opus was first released it retailed for £20,000 – the reserve on this crowning jewel is set at £13,000 – 15,000 – and with such provenance and sentimental value, would suit the collection of any Ferrari fan around the world.
The Silverstone Classic Sale is really something that should not be missed.
The lots are on view at:
Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 8NT, United Kingdom
Or online via i-bidder.com right now.