Silverstone Auctions

Silverstone Auctions is a British auction house founded in 2011.

They are a world-class, specialist auction house for the sale of classic cars, modern supercars, all types of competition cars, modern and historic motorcycles as well as automotive memorabilia.

They hold the exclusive automotive auction rights for Silverstone circuit and host sales as stand-alone events as well as an integrated element of some of Europe's biggest motorsport events such as the Silverstone Classic Festival.

In addition to their sales at the circuit, they also host a number of auctions each year at other major classic car events including the NEC Classic Motor Show, Race Retro and for the first time in 2014, Salon Privé.

At Silverstone Auctions they take pride in selecting the very best of breed vehicles for their sales which not only attracts buyers from around the world, but has already helped achieve a number of record-breaking auction prices on behalf of their vendors.

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  • United Kingdom
Objects "Silverstone Auctions"

1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV

In January 1990, Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. introduced their latest mid-engined, high performance sports car, and in keeping with their tradition of naming their cars after legendary fighting bulls, chose a ferocious example raised by the Duke of Veragua in the 19th century known as "Diablo". Prior to its introduction, the sharp and dramatic lines of the Marcello Gandini design were somewhat softened by the pen of Tom Gale and his presentation of the car opened to rave reviews. The two door, rear wheel drive, mid-engined coup´ was powered by a 5.7 litre, V12 and about 490 horses found their way to the tarmac through a 5-speed manual transmission, resulting in a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph. The SV (super veloce) was introduced at the Geneva Auto Show in 1995 and among the more significant changes was an increase in power to 517bhp and better brake cooling. This stunning, right-hand drive, Diablo SV is certainly one for the serious Lamborghini collector. UK-delivered SVs were produced in very small numbers and there are only 13 currently licensed or on SORN on the road today. Presented in the very rare and unusually subtle colour of Metallic Green with black leather and Alcantara interior, this Diablo has stunning road-presence and features a monumental sports exhaust system, which is not for the faint hearted. Factory specifications include: Electric windows, sports seats, power steering, electric door mirrors, central locking, CD Player, Alcantara with black leather and green piping, climate control, adjustable steering wheel, 5-speed manual gear box, metallic paint, 18 rear wheels, 17front wheels and aforementioned sports exhaust system. Unlike many Diablos, the service history is extensive, with all of the books and tools present. The servicing records are as follows: 15/12/97 - Lamborghini UK (Reading) 18/05/98 - Lamborghini UK (Reading) 16/10/00 - Lamborghini London 24/08/02 - Lamborghini London 04/12/03 - Top Gear Specialist Cars 18/09/05 - Top Gear Specialist Cars 17/06/06 - Trident Specialist Cars 05/06/08 - Carrera Sport Specialist Cars 02/10/13 - Lamborghini Pangbourne. 23/07/15 - Colin Clark Engineering The last service included a complete clutch and flywheel assembly. Prior to the auction, the car will be freshly serviced by marque specialists. We welcome and encourage pre-sale inspections on this legendary and increasingly sought after 'supercar'.Read more

  • GBRUnited Kingdom
  • 10d 9h

1960 MGA 1600 MK1 'Deluxe' Roadster

Beginning in April 1960, there was an option available on MGA dealer sales ordering check lists called 'Competition Suspension'. This is sometimes referred to in factory parts books as the "All Wheel Disc Brakes' option. This was, in fact, a near complete Twin Cam chassis, with knock-off steel wheels, Dunlop four-wheel disc brakes, and separate master cylinders. This required a variation of the frame for mounting the master cylinders, but no change of the body in the area of the standard heater box, and no change around the radiator, although the steering rack was (usually) set forward a bit like the Twin Cam cars. The term "Deluxe' was never used by the factory as a model designation although the 'Competition Deluxe Seats' did, in fact, have that proper name in the options list. Cars fitted with the Competition Suspension package were frequently fitted with a Close-Ratio Gearbox, Competition Deluxe Seats and sometimes a hard top as well. The use of "Deluxe" as a model designation stemmed from dealers advertising cars with some (any) combination of these expensive options and calling them "Deluxe" for the sake of simplicity. Over time, the term has come to be used for pushrod engined cars with twin-cam bodies, competition suspension, four wheel discs and 'knock-off' wheels. Records indicate that around 70 roadsters left the factory built to this specification. Today, the 'Deluxe' is the most sought after MGA to own because it combines all the attributes of the Twin Cam model, but instead of the occasionally recalcitrant twin-cam engine, it's powered by the ever-durable B-series, making it the one MGA that incorporates the best of everything. This fabulous 1960 MGA 1600 Mk1 'Deluxe' Roadster is indeed one of those rare 70 cars and is superbly finished in Iris Blue, with Black leather seats piped in Iris Blue, black carpets, and an Air Force Blue soft top and side screens. It left the factory with a Twin cam chassis, Twin cam body, close-ratio gearbox, four-wheel disc brakes, Dunlop centre lock disc wheels, Road Speed tyres, oil cooler, centigrade thermometer, 'Competition Deluxe' seats, separate brake/clutch master cylinders, a heater, full weather equipment, and a 'Tonneau' cover. Initially built in left-hand drive and exported, it was converted to right-hand drive on its return to the UK. As is obvious for all to see, the fastidious total nut and bolt restoration has resulted in a car that is now Concours standard, amply demonstrated by its accumulation of over 70 Autoglym Masterclass and MGCC Concours awards. The car is supplied with lots of history including its MGA 1600 Drivers Handbook, the BMI Heritage Trust Certificate confirming 'Matching Numbers', the appropriate MG registration number "9802 MG' and its original complete tool kit., It has featured in several MG books and publications including "Original MGA' by Anders Ditlev Clausager and the TV program 'An MG is Born'. 'Jean Shrimpton' pretty with delicate, flowing lines, the MGA's persuasive form is the reason behind its magnetic appeal and this is a superb opportunity to acquire one of the rarest and finest MGAs available anywhere.Read more

  • GBRUnited Kingdom
  • 10d 9h

1969 Aston Martin DBS 6 Sports Saloon

Introduced at the October 1967 Motor Show, the DBS was the successor to the famed Aston Martin DB6, although the two ran concurrently for three years. Styled in-house by William Towns, the aluminium-bodied four-seater had a sharper, more Italian look than the curvaceous DB6, but still exuded road presence and looks mighty impressive even today. Longer, wider and more luxurious than the DB6, the DBS employed a platform-type chassis with independent suspension all round: wishbone and coil-spring at the front, De Dion with Watts linkage at the rear. 'Autocar' judged it superior to the preceding DB6 in many areas, offering four full-sized seats in addition to transformed handling and road holding courtesy of the new suspension and standardised power steering. Originally designed to accept an all-new V8 engine, this was not ready in time for the car's launch, so it was initially fitted with the legendary four-litre twin-cam DB6 engine producing 282bhp at 5,500rpm via triple SU carburettors. This particular DBS was delivered new to Lazenby Garages Ltd, Leicester for their customer, Wood, Bastow & Co Ltd of Selston, Nottinghamshire. The accompanying BMIHT Certificate shows that the DBS was originally finished in Oyster Shell with red interior trim and that it left the factory in January 1969 equipped with Borg Warner automatic transmission, power assisted steering, and a Radiomobile radio. Our vendor is the owner of a car restoration business and having purchased the DBS in 2007 he had it restored by his own team of craftsmen over a five-year period (2007-2012). Needless to say, the process involved very close attention to detail and a high-quality final Olive Green paint finish. Repairs to the body/chassis included new radius arm mounts and box sections, new inner and outer sills, new boot floor, new lower wing sections, and new door skins. New window glass was installed and the bumpers replaced with new items. In addition, the dashboard was recovered, the Webasto sunroof renewed, and new carpets and door trim panels fitted. Mechanical works undertaken included overhauling the transmission (torque converter, gearbox, and rear axle), re-coring the radiator, reconditioning the brake servos, and rebuilding the carburettors. New wheels, shod with Avon tyres, were fitted also, while the provision of GAZ shock absorbers at the front and conversion to telescopic dampers at the rear are the only notified deviations from factory specification. The original rear radius arms come with the car. The car is also accompanied by paperwork consisting of restoration invoices, a current MOT, a V5C document, and the aforementioned BMIHT Certificate. This matching-numbers car (confirmed by the certificate and inspection) drives and performs well, with good engine oil pressure. DBS 6 models are finally achieving the recognition they richly deserve, and this competitively guided car opens the door into a very exclusive club of Aston Martin ownership. Now ready to be enjoyed by a new owner, this is one not to be missed and has the potential to be a shrewd investment.Read more

  • GBRUnited Kingdom
  • 10d 9h

2012 Superformance GT40 Mk.I

The 24 hours of Le Mans is often cited as the greatest endurance test for man and machine and firmly places the Ford GT40 into motorsport folklore. Originally built to take on Enzo Ferrari's domination of the 24-hour race, a Ford GT40 Mk.II eventually won in 1966 with Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon at the wheel. Just over 100 GT40's were produced across the Mk. I, II, III and IV variants. In 1980 Peter Thorp of Safir Engineering obtained permission from Ford to use the GT40 name, and hence the Mk. V model was produced. The Ford GT40 by Superformance is the only GT40 continuation licensed by Safir GT40 Spares LLC to use the GT40 trademark and hence makes it a rather special motorcar. Presented here is a right-hand drive 2012 Superformance GT40 Mk.I which was built at the factory in Irvine, California to the exacting standards of the original cars. The chassis is a monocoque construction using pressed steel and the suspension components are interchangeable with that of an original car. The outer body styling is simply beautiful and is presented in one of the most iconic motorsport liveries, the Gulf Colours, ensuring it will always standout from the crowd. The decals on the car can easily be removed if required. The 'Gurney Bubble' in the driver's roof door accommodates the taller pilots of this wonderful machine. Open the cockpit door and you are greeted with Alcantara seats, Willans harnesses, a factory installed roll cage, three 12V sockets, and the, all important, air-conditioning! The gear lever is in the correct position, to the right of the driver's seat, giving an authentic GT40 driving experience. Sitting behind the cabin is a monstrous 6.9-litre 427 cu in. Rousch V8 engine producing over 550 bhp and mated to a ZF gearbox. Purchased by our vendor in 2015 and registered in the UK in December of that year, this special car is legitimately badged as a GT40 and has only covered 598 miles from new. Supplied with a UK V5c and MOT tested until 22nd February 2018, Superformance GT40s have been known to obtain FIA papers, and with some serious consideration and work we believe this could be one route a prospective buyer might take. Failing that, this car presents a rare opportunity to own one of the most iconic motoring silhouettes in the world.Read more

  • GBRUnited Kingdom
  • 10d 9h

1975 Jaguar XJ6 Coupé

Produced in very low volumes and built between 1975 and 1978, the XJ Coup´ was based on the short-wheelbase version of the XJ and both the door and side windows could be wound down resulting in a most attractive pillar-less look, Both six and twelve-cylinder models were offered, 6,505 of the former and 1,873 of the latter. The car was actually launched at the London Motor Show in October 1973, but it subsequently became clear that it was not ready for production, as early road tests had revealed that with thin glass and no 'B' post, the windows wouldn't form a proper seal at speed resulting in excessive wind noise. It was some two years before the coup´s started to emerge from Brown's lane headed for Jaguar showrooms around the country. Similarly, getting the two-door bodyshell to meet stringent US safety regulations proved impossible and the car was never sold in America meaning that these Coup´s are now the rarest models in the XJ family. This stunning example was the subject of a total body restoration during the 1990s and appears to have been dry stored ever since. The restoration was of the engine out, gearbox out, glass out, bare metal repaint variety and whilst the body was undergoing preparation, all the suspension and ancillaries were rebuilt, or where necessary, renewed with Jaguar parts. In effect, this car has undergone a total nut and bolt rebuild with full details in the ownership file. The history file also includes consecutive MOTs from 1987 through to the current day which corroborates the mileage of just 78,000. The restoration is ageing well, with the Old English White paintwork retaining a good shine and the shut lines look factory fresh. The Everflex roof appears nicely stuck down and all the chrome is excellent. The deep red leather seating is gently patinated, the dashboard is excellent, and the red carpets are in good order. A wood rim steering wheel lifts the cabin and the original radio and 'Super 8' cassette player (complete with Abba cassettes) are available to complete the look should it be preferred to the modern one currently fitted. Lightly used by our vendor for almost four years, during which period it has covered only 3,000 miles. It has been fully maintained by Jaguar specialists during this time, with around £3,500 recently being spent on a new radiator and overhaul of all the electrics and brakes. An ideal opportunity to acquire a well-restored example of a limited production British luxury coup´ with excellent investment potential.Read more

  • GBRUnited Kingdom
  • 10d 9h

1989 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo SE 'Flat Nose' Cabriolet

In late 1973, in contrast to most car manufacturers who were struggling with the fallout from the oil crisis, Porsche was on a high. Having accrued a wealth of experience of turbocharging air-cooled engines from their racing programme, it seemed to make perfect sense for Porsche to utilise that knowledge by applying it to their famous rear-engined sports car, and consequently, at the 1973 Paris motor show, they unveiled a prototype turbocharged 911, the Type 930. By attaching a KKK turbocharger to its 3.0 air-cooled flat-six engine (that could trace its origins back to the 911 RSR), the 930 was the most powerful production Porsche thus far and, suddenly, the 911 was a supercar. The production-ready 911 Turbo was shown at the Paris show in autumn 1974, and not surprisingly in an era when turbocharging was seen as rather exotic, captivated the world's motoring press. Rightly, it was billed as a supremely fast and luxurious flagship model, combining ballistic performance and head-turning looks with air conditioning, electric windows and other creature comforts. The car's power and performance were celebrated (and kept on the ground) by an enormous 'whale-tail' spoiler and a wider track that needed those bulging wheel arches to keep it decent. Anyone who followed the 'World Championship of Makes' (essentially an international championship for long-distance Sports Car racing), will remember their surprise at the shape of the new 935 when it first appeared at Mugello in March 1976. Subsequently, these 'Flat Nose' 935s and 936s (in Group 6) were to prove very competitive in the hands of Ickx, Mass and Stommelen and during the next two seasons managed four victories in eight World Championship races and a triumph at Le Mans in each year. However, Porsche began to worry that all these high-profile victories by the works Flat Nose cars - most famously the 'Moby Dick' 935 - might alienate the vast number of private clients who were investing their own money in conventionally shaped competition 911s, hence decided to restrict their efforts for 1978 to an entry at Le Mans. However, the distinctive look of the Flat Nose or 'Flachbau' (literally translated as Low Build) struck a chord in the minds of their road car customers. This demand was initially catered for by 'Kremer Racing' who offered a conversion but subsequently this service was taken up by the factory's own Customer Department to special order (Sunderwunschen) from 1981, becoming an official option only in 1986. The front wings were steel, incorporating cooling vents and pop-up headlamps while the rears had extra cooling intakes. There were different sills and along with the body modifications came an even more luxurious interior. The car presented here simply cannot be understated. It's extremely special and exceptionally rare. Produced in 1989, it is therefore, an officially optioned, last-of-the-line 930 SE Flat Nose with the more desirable 5-speed G50 gearbox. The factory SE also benefitted from a dual-exit exhaust system, limited slip differential and heated front seats. Rare enough you'd think - but when you consider it is a UK-supplied (C16), right-hand drive, Flat Nose (506) in cabriolet form - it becomes one of the scarcest and most desirable Porsche models ever. There were less than 10 examples of this specific model produced worldwide, with even fewer still in existence today. This really is the 'Holy Grail' when considering a 930 model. Furthermore, this particular car was bought new in 1989 by our vendor and has been owned by him ever since (the registered keeper was temporally recorded as his son in 1993). As with all such small production runs of complex flag-ship models, the 930 Flat Nose was almost prohibitively expensive to buy in the late 1980s, with this car costing over £130,000 in 1989! After our vendor placed an order for it, ensuring it was highly spec'd and would wear the appropriate registration number 'G911 WBY', he had to wait two years for its delivery. He collected the car from 'Chariots of St Albans Ltd.' (now Porsche Centre Hatfield) as part of an exclusive gathering of select customers who were able to drive away in their new 1989-registered cars at midnight on the 1st August 1989. There is a corresponding photograph, amongst others, of this occasion in the car's history file. During his 28 years of ownership, the car has been serviced exclusively with the supplying Porsche Centre, always ensuring it is in sound mechanical and cosmetic order. The car has now covered just over 35,000 miles and is in an extremely genuine condition (the speedometer failed in 2013/14 and was repaired and zeroed by Porsche. An MoT on 04.09.13 shows 34,998 miles and the next one on the 05.09.14 shows 35 miles, followed by 18.09.15 - 92 miles, 05.09.16 - 147 miles, and today 162 miles. We believe this is just one of two RHD, 930 Flat Nose Cabriolet ordered in Minerva Blue and may even be unique. A striking factory colour, it suiRead more

  • GBRUnited Kingdom
  • 10d 9h

2003 Ferrari 575M F1 'Fiorano'

In 1996, Ferrari introduced the 550 Maranello in a bid to revive their fabled line of grand tourers, and the 550 quickly proved to be an overwhelming success. Six years later, in 2002, the 575M Maranello appeared bringing with it a host of healthy updates adding additional potency to an already incredible car. Increasing the displacement of the V-12 by 250 cubic centimetres to 5748 cc, resulted in 508bhp and 434lb/ft of torque, 0-60 in 4.2 seconds and an advertised top speed of 202 mph. The front end was slightly revised with newer headlights, a redesigned air intake and front spoiler, and the weight distribution was improved to 50/50. Two six-speed transmissions were available - a conventional manual gearbox and, for the first time on a Ferrari V12, Magneti Marelli's semi-automatic (electro-hydraulic manual) 'F1' gearbox. Further mechanical improvements included bigger brakes and an adaptive suspension set-up (the four independent suspension units are also controlled by the gearbox, to minimise pitch throughout the 200-milliseconds gear shift time). Inside, the interior was modernised and refreshed with an updated dashboard, trim, and steering wheel. This, collector's quality, left-hand drive, 575M was supplied new to Japan in 2003 and delivered to Cornes & Co. in Tokyo optioned with the F1 gearbox, Daytona Seats, and the 'Fiorano' Handling Pack. With those gorgeous 'Coke-bottle' curves and a bonnet that goes on forever, we always feel that these cars look best in dark colours, and this 575 is indeed finished in Nuovo Nero Daytona (rare Metallic Black) with a fabulous full-leather interior in Bordeaux Red. Imported into the UK in the Spring of 2015, the Ferrari was MOT'd on 26/052015 at 15,760kms and purchased by its first UK owner on 15/06/2015. Whilst in his possession there is a receipt (£1,337.40) for "Airbag ECU' and rocker cover gaskets, and the service book was stamped on 31/10/2015 at 16,333 kms. prior to the car's purchase by our vendor from Ferrari specialists, The Supercar Centre, Sheffield on 03/11/2015. Having joined our vendor's collection of serious Ferraris, the 575 has only been lightly used since, covering just over 100kms, and was granted an MOT on 31/05/2017 at 16,419kms (10,262 miles). It remains in remarkable, almost 'Concours' condition. It's accompanied by a spare key and fob, tool kit and tyre kit in the boot, and the leather Ferrari wallet containing its book pack. In addition to both recent MOT Certificates and the Service Book, there are import papers dated 31/03/15 and a large number of documents in Japanese, detailing its maintenance, attentions and legality whilst over there. Our vendor informs us that the cambelts were changed at 15,000kms. With deep paintwork, good panel gaps and a superb interior, this 2003 Ferrari presents really well, however, 575s are not just pretty faces, they're tantalising to drive, with great balance, lots of power and pin-sharp steering. The all-alloy V12 just keeps revving, whilst variable-volume intake and exhaust systems ensure there's no shortage of torque. So with classic looks, fabulous build quality and stratospheric performance, these are cars that satisfy on every level, and consequently, values continue to move gently forward.Read more

  • GBRUnited Kingdom
  • 10d 9h

1974 Lamborghini Urraco P250

In accordance with their usual practice of naming their cars after Fighting Bulls, it was fitting that this new, junior, V8 Lamborghini was named 'Urraco' which freely translates as 'little bull'. Its 2+2 configuration hinted at Lamborghini's grand touring roots and its distinctive styling displayed a family likeness to the delicious Miura. The V8 engine, however, was a bit of a departure and may have been indicative of Lamborghini's decision to have a look at a different market where the Porsche 911 and Ferrari Dino 246 currently reigned supreme. The car was engineered by Paolo Stanzani and styled by Marcello Gandini at Bertone and in 2.5-litre form, it was first shown in 1970 pre-dating the Ferrari 308GT4 and Maserati Merak by several years. This, very special, UK supplied, right-hand drive, 1974 Lamborghini Urraco P250 has only covered 23,000 miles from new and is in exceptional condition both mechanically and cosmetically. Having been fully restored, the coachwork is excellent as is the 'Miura Orange' (Rosso Arancio) paintwork with Silver rear window and 'C-post' detailing. The interior is distinctive and in fabulous condition with the Chocolate Suede dashboard complementing the Cream leather and Amber cloth seats and the Cream carpets edged in chocolate. We understand that the engine, gearbox and running gear all benefited from the restoration and that the electrics are behaving themselves. The engine bay sparkles and the unmarked alloys are dressed with a decent set of Michelin XWXs. This beautiful example still has its original handbooks, spare wheel and car cover. It also has an extensive history file including numerous MOTs and service invoices throughout the years. Interestingly, MBW 711N is featured in Arnstein Landsem's 'The Book Of Lamborghini' where, on page 33, it describes the car in glowing terms. Only 520 of these 'Little Bulls' were made worldwide with less than 10% believed to be delivered in right-hand drive. Great investment opportunity, a truly undervalued car.Read more

  • GBRUnited Kingdom
  • 10d 9h

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray 'Split Window' Coupé

Now in its sixth generation, the Corvette began life in 1953 with the C1, a model that inspired a generation of young Americans. However, it was the C2, the immortal Sting Ray produced between 1963 and 1967, that really set Chevrolet's cash registers ringing and left us with the most desired and collectable Corvette to date. All 1963 cars had 327cid engines, producing around 250 hp standard, with optional variants that made 300 hp, 340 hp and 360 hp. The most powerful engine was the Rochester fuel injected engine. Options available on the C2 included AM-FM radio (mid-1963), air conditioning, and leather upholstery. This wonderful example is an original 1963 'split-window' coup´ powered by the desirable 327ci, 300bhp engine mated to the four-speed manual gearbox. Finished in the attractive combination of Sebring Silver with a Red interior, the NCRS certificate/report shows the production date as the 15th April 1963 delivered to Chevrolet dealer Spence Chevrolet - Daytona Beach. It took our vendor two years to source a car that ticked all the boxes with no modifications or stories. Ultimately, this particular car stood head and shoulders above the rest for him after he had a four-hour specialist inspection undertaken in the States. This inspection was very thorough, almost forensic, and included probing fibre optics deep into the frame, only to find a few cobwebs and no corrosion. All the bonding strips remained intact, and according to the appraiser, appeared to reveal it to be a real "survivor car' The Corvette has apparently stayed around Florida most of its life with just two owners in the last 35/40 years, during which time it's believed to have covered around 8,000 miles. Ancillaries such as the alternator, carburettor, and manifold are all date correct and appear to be original. The engine too is dated 11th Jan 1963 with 1963 block casting and matching head stamping. Colour and trim are as original with even the seats believed to be original according to the appraiser. Correct original working AM/FM radio, date-mark '63 window glass all round apart from the windscreen which is 1970s. It is fitted with an 'LSD Powerlock' diff and power steering. The front disc brakes have been upgraded to 1965 specifications in the interests of safety. The car is currently sitting on on period-correct, dealer-upgrade, Torq Thrust 'D' wheels, however, the original wheels and original covers are included in the sale. The close-ratio gearbox with Hurst 'short-shifter' appears to be a slightly later example, and has recently benefitted from a precautionary rebuild and new clutch to ensure fine working order with minimal noise. Furthermore, this car has recently won the American Auto Club International 'Late Summer National' endorsing its status as one of the best examples of these rare and iconic muscle cars.Read more

  • GBRUnited Kingdom
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2004 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG

Introduced in 2002, after some five years in development, the R230 Series SL Roadster was an engineering 'tour de force'. Painstakingly modelled on a state-of-the-art supercomputer which enabled the designers to analyse every curve and line, it looked utterly sensational with an air of barely contained aggression that gave it huge road presence. Packed full of sophisticated electronic driver aids which made it immensely safe but also fun to drive, it was an instant hit with press and public alike and is widely considered to be the best-looking Mercedes for many years. The power-operated aluminium folding roof was particularly admired and would disappear into the top of the boot at the press of a button in just 16 seconds, yet still leave enough room underneath for 206 litres of luggage space. It was in 2003 that the stunning looking SL55 AMG version was introduced. Seriously powerful and massively fast, the 5.4-litre engine gave 476 BHP and a tree stump pulling 520lbs/ feet of torque! Early owners included the, notoriously difficult to please, Jeremy Clarkson, who became quite vocal about his enthusiasm for the way it drove, the way it looked and above all, the way it sounded! Featuring the amazing "Panoramic Electric Glass Roof System", it became the sports car to own between 2003 and 2006. This particular SL55 was registered on the 9th of January 2004, to Mercedes-Benz directly and then subsequently sold to its one real owner who was a merchant banker. It was bought for his wife who, strangely, did not like the car and consequently it spent most of its life being mothballed and rarely used, explaining the odometer reading of just over 4,300 miles. LM53 OTV is finished in Diamond Silver with a sumptuous Charcoal sports leather interior and clearly has had little wear, still generating that lovely combination of aromatic leather and new car feel when sitting in it for the first time. The car comes with all of its original book pack in the proper Mercedes presenter and is showing evidence of service history details with a more recent full and comprehensive service just completed at the end of April this year. This is a very special example of Mercedes market-leading 'Grand Tourer' that surely is unrepeatable at this mileage? Note -- The registration number showing will not be supplied with the car and has been replaced by LM53 OTV --Read more

  • GBRUnited Kingdom
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1964 Austin Healey 3000 Mk III

A significant step in terms of 'Big Healey' evolution and the foundation block for one of the 1960s' most charismatic rally cars, the 3000 MKI was introduced in March 1959. Powered by an enlarged 2912cc version of BMC's C-Series straight-six engine that developed some 124bhp and 167lbft of torque, it was offered in two-seater (BN7) or 2+2 seater (BT7) configurations. Progressively improved, the 3000 metamorphosed through MkII and MKIIa guises before the arrival of the ultimate MkIII BJ8 in October 1963. Boasting a centre console, proper convertible hood, wood veneer dashboard, redesigned exhaust system and wind-up windows, the 2+2 seater BJ8 proved a comfortable and fast grand tourer. Engine output was boosted to 148bhp and 165lbft of torque thanks to a new higher lift camshaft, bigger valve springs, and twin 2' SU HD8 carburettors The cars four-speed gearbox (with optional overdrive) remained essentially the same but power-assisted braking became standard instead of optional. The new car's fascia displayed its speedometer and tachometer directly in front of the driver which made a lot of sense as the 150bhp car could comfortably slide past the car's advertised top speed of 124 mph. Looking fabulous in British Racing Green over Old English White, this 1964 Austin Healey 3000 MkIII (BJ8 Phase 1) was built for the North American market between 22nd April and the 1st of May 1964 and was dispatched from the factory on 29th May 1966 to San Francisco. Factory options at the time were wire wheels, a heater, adjustable steering column, Avon Roadspeed tyres, laminated windscreen, and overdrive. This car was repatriated to the UK and registered here on the 1st of November 1989 and subsequently was converted to right-hand drive. The quality of the paint finish is so good that the car has presumably been professionally painted at some point in the past however the BMIHT Certificate that accompanies the Healey states that its original finish was British Racing Green. The excellent interior is basically original, according to our vendor, and is predominantly black although the seating is piped in white. The car looks lovely with good shut lines, good paintwork and decent chrome and is set off nicely by the silver wires and wood rim Moto-Lita steering wheel. A lot of information about the car's servicing and repairs is in the extensive history file, along with its Log Book, Heritage Certificate (confirming 'matching numbers') and a number of MOTs going back to the eighties helping to corroborate the indicated mileage of 104,463. Big Healeys have become increasingly desirable recently and this, very usable, 3000 is an opportunity to find one at a potentially sensible level ready to be enjoyed.Read more

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1972 Rolls Royce Corniche

Rolls-Royce's final coachbuilt models were entrusted to the company's in-house coachbuilder, Mulliner Park Ward. These two-door cars were hand built in the best traditions of British coachbuilding, using only materials of the finest quality, including Wilton carpeting, Connolly hides and Burr Walnut veneers, a necessarily lengthy process that took all of 20 weeks for the saloon and slightly longer for the more complex convertible. This painstaking attention to detail resulted in a price some 50% higher than the standard Silver Shadows. Nevertheless, demand for these more glamorous alternatives to the much more numerous Silver Shadow was strong right from the start, a state of affairs that resulted in them being given their own model name - 'Corniche' - in March 1971. The well tried aluminium V8 engine was adopted, displacing 6,750cc, driving through a Turbo Hydramatic 400 three-speed automatic gearbox. For the Corniche variant, power output was enhanced by about 10%, providing greater torque and giving the car a top speed in the order of 118mph with sports car-beating acceleration to match. The independent coil spring suspension provided the smoothest of rides, complemented by a hydraulic self-leveling system in the rear. According to its original Warranty document, this lovely 1972 Corniche Coup´ was delivered on 09/11/1972 finished in Regal Red with a Cream roof and the interior is in Magnolia leather piped in red. The front seats have recently been re-Connolised to ensure that they are looking their finest. We understand the car has been much enjoyed and the odometer currently reads 46,625 miles which appears to be corroborated by the continuous (RR and marque specialist) service and MOT history. Speaking of which, this cars sparkling condition is reflected in its ownership file which amazingly contains, in excellent order, the aforementioned Warranty and Service and Maintenance Schedule, the hard-backed handbook and supplement, the operating instructions and guarantee for the radio, sundry delivery items all in the original wallet, its full tool roll, jack, and original first aid kit. The vendor describes the coachwork, paintwork, interior, engine, transmission, and electrics all as "excellent' He goes on to say " This Corniche must be the nicest on the market and has been kept in immaculate condition, outside, inside, and underneath. It's close to Concours condition and drives almost like new' Lovely old car and truly representative of the quality of these great, hand-built, Rolls-Royce motorcars.Read more

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Legendary Lancia Delta heads to auction at Silverstone Auctions
The Lancia Delta has been withdrawn from production for over 20 years, Silverstone Auctions are offering the exciting opportunity to take home the legendary car.

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Silverstone Auctions
Silverstone House
Kineton Road
Gaydon
Warwickshire
CV35 0EP

Tel:+44 (0) 1926 691 141
Email: enquiries@silverstoneauctions.com
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