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Ultra-low mileage Ferraris create a storm at Silverstone

Attendance was high at Silverstone’s two-day Race Retro 2015 auction and 78% of the cars on offer sold. Best of these were some very cosseted Ferraris. 

First to seriously exceed expectations was a one-owner 1999 456M with just 400 miles on the clock. It had spent its entire life in a dehumidified garage, been run up to temperature regularly, and was sold in ‘as new’ condition. It sold for £118,000 - nearly £30,000 above its upper estimate. 

But this Ferrari was soon blown out of the water by a 1991 Testarossa that achieved a whopping £202,500. The left-had drive model was delivered new to Germany, but was never driven by its first owner. 

Now in the hands of its third owner, it’s covered less than 1,000 miles and looked to be in pristine condition. Included with the car was a gold Cartier Ferrari watch purchased with it. The sale price exceeded the upper estimate by £50,000. 

At the other end of the spectrum there were some cars that had seen a whole lot of action. The ex-works 1995 Audi Quattro first driven by Hans-Jooachim Stuck in the German ADAC Super Tourenwagen Cup went for just over £100,000. It had also had some great races with Frank Biela, Jo Winkelhock, Roberto Ravaglia and Emanuele Pirro, before going on to compete in the Spanish Hillclimb Championship in 2011. 

There were also plenty of options for anyone wanting to get on the race track for less. A 1994 Ford Escort RS Cosworth Group N rally car sold for £21,375. It needs new seats and some other mods before it can get on the track, but its seems reasonable for a 1990s icon with period racing history. 

The same price was achieved by a 1989 BMW E30 M3 fitted with a 2.5-litre block, roll cage, competition seats and other race mods. Some would call it the perfect track day car. 

Other significant vehicles to find homes at Silverstone’s first sale of 2015 included the 1955 Colborne-Baber family’s Volkswagen Samba Microbus. The Samba was never officially imported into the UK, and this microbus is believed to be the only surviving private import. It was ordered new by John Colborne-Baber, founder of the UK’s first VW dealership. 

Fresh from an 18-month restoration, it boasted a period correct Devon interior complete with Osokool fridge and Dudley stove. It sold for £67,500. 

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By Claire Evans

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