2016 Silverstone Classic Preview

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Silverstone Classic is once again upon us and Silverstone Auctions continues to make a name for themselves with fine modern classics being offered. Spread over three days (28th – 31st July) there is a competition car sale and classic road car sale.

Star of the competition sale is the Porsche 924 Carrera GTR you see above, with just 109km from new. It is a beauty, but it was also for sale with COYS back in May at Monaco Historique, so requires careful investigation. Once again we have picked out our own choice of three investments for the road and one for the track that is guaranteed to raise a big grin.

1954 Austin A30 ‘Speedwell’

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So let’s open with the racer, this dinky Austin was built by specialist Rae Davis as a nod to the original Graham Hill Speedwell car. Currently owned and raced by two-time BTCC champion Gordon Sheddon, the car has been raced at events such as the Goodwood Revival and will likely be invited back for the next 1950’s St. Mary’s trophy race. The car is run and prepared by Team Dynamics and the lucky bidder will receive a handover test day with the team and Gordon himself.

Historic racing is hugely popular at the moment and there are plenty of race series that this car would be eligible for. This car represents a great opportunity to enter into historic racing at a relatively sensible price with a car that has a great heritage.
Estimate £30,000 – 35,000

2009 Ferrari F430 Scuderia

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The F430 Scuderia picked up where the 360 Challenge Stradale left off, a relatively low production run of special edition cars based very loosely around the race cars. Total numbers produced are sketchy to say the least with estimates ranging from 1,500-3,500. While it isn’t as rare as the 360CS the ’Scud’ is a thrilling and capable car that will make a good long-term investment that can still be enjoyed from time-to-time.

This particular car is Left Hand Drive (LHD) and has just 26,000 kilometres on the clock. It also features a number of options including: Scuderia Ferrari Shields, Carbon Fibre Driving Zone, 4 Point Safety Harnesses, Brake callipers in Rosso Corsa, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Carbon-Ceramic Brake System, LED Gear change display, Hi-Fi Pack, and a factory roll bar.
Estimate £120,000 – 150,000

1976 208 GT4 Dino

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That’s not a misprint, the 208 was an Italian market only model produced to avoid heavy taxation on cars with big engines. As a result, there were just 840 cars produced and no doubt we are probably looking at just 500 or so these days. Don’t worry it still has a Ferrari V8 it’s just in 2-litre form and producing 180bhp. Very carefully restored by Italian specialists in recent years this is a beautiful car and in Azzuro Blu it will no doubt be far rarer than a Rosso Corsa coloured car. A great opportunity to acquire a rare and interesting Ferrari at a modest fee.
Estimate £35,000 – 40,000

2002 Porsche 911 (996) GT2

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This car is intriguingly priced but the details offer no current mileage apart from a service in 2015 at 46,040. If the mileage is still relatively similar and the car is as described and completely original this really is a great purchase at its estimate price. The 996 GT2 has scared many with its ferocious acceleration that 14 years on will still give many a modern supercar a run for its money. The GT2 is also a rare car with a little over 100 produced globally and as the car was nick-named the ‘Widow Maker’ you can be confident that there are under 1,000 left and very few in original condition and Right Hand Drive (RHD). Only 129 were produced in the UK.
Estimate £90,000 – 100,000

Photo credit: © Silverstone Auctions 2016

Tim Hutton has been involved in the automotive industry for 17 years, creating ideas and content for premium brands. When not writing about cars, you will find him driving them all around the world. Having learned to drive at seven in a racing car, petrol is very much in his veins.

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About the Author:

Tim Hutton has been involved in the automotive industry for 18 years, creating ideas and content for premium brands. When not writing about cars, you will find him driving them all around the world. Having learned to drive at seven in a racing car, petrol is very much in his veins.