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Nearly 100 classics on offer at Silverstone’s May sale

Silverstone Auctions is offering a bumper crop of well-cared for classics at its 23 May sale at the Silverstone circuit. 

Among the 89 cars on offer is a one-owner, right-hand drive 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI coupe. Finished in its original lime green metallic paint, the car has covered just 55,450 miles, and is believed to be one of only 117 right-hand drive examples produced. Even though it’s in need of restoration it’s expected to sell for £95,000-£110,000.

Much more affordable, and in need of far less work is a 1952 Land Rover Series I 80” that has had a full nut and bolt restoration by world authority Ken Wheelwright – the man chosen by Land Rover to restore its own vehicles. Finished in dark bronze green, the early canvas tilt model is offered with a new MoT and a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate. Its estimate is £26,000-£28,500.

If it’s a supercar you’re after, there are plenty at the Silverstone sale, including an early single wing mirror, knock-on wheels Testarossa. Showing 73,000 miles, this 1986 Ferrari has a comprehensive service history with much recent expenditure. It’s expected to fetch £80,000-£100,000.

Another car that’s led a pampered life is a 1977 Jaguar XJC – it’s been owned by one family and covered just 17,000 miles from new. It was delivered to Shorter Jaguar in New Zealand on 26 September 1977, and kept by Mr Shorter Snr until 1995 when he passed it on to his son. Offered with a full Shorter Jaguar service history, this remarkable car is being offered at no reserve.

Just as appealing is a 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud that’s had one-owner since 1962. Showing a believed genuine 30,000 miles, the car is offered with a recent MoT. The estimate for this very original car is £20,000-£25,000.

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By Claire Evans

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