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Silverstone’s fifth Classic sale is the biggest and best

2015 was the 25th anniversary of the Silverstone Classic and the 5th anniversary of Silverstone Auctions’ sales during the event. With 129 cars on offer over three days, 2015 was the company’s largest Silverstone Classic sale.

Plenty of historic racers and classic cars were on offer at the Competition Cars sale on 23 July, including a 1959 Cooper Monaco with an illustrious race history. The 2-litre Mk1 had recently been successfully driven by Graeme Dodd in two BRDC Sportscar Championships, as well as numerous Goodwood podiums and other race wins around Europe. Among its previous owners was ex-BTCC champion Frank Sytner, who drove it to victory at the 2002 Goodwood Revival.

It sold for just under £220,000 at the Competition Cars sale on 23 July to an historic racer who had only gone to the sale for a free beer. Its new owner was already competing at the Classic in another car, but when that car’s engine failed on Friday, he decided to register the Monaco for the Stirling Moss Trophy for Pre ’61 Sports Cars on Saturday. He wasn’t able to finish the race, but was still extremely pleased with his new purchase.

Other highlights of the Thursday auction included the sale of Nigel Mansell’s Formula 3 March 783. The 1978 car had recently been treated to a total rebuild including a complete mechanical overhaul and had completed one test day on track since. It sold for just over £56,000.

A far higher price was achieved for an ex-BTCC Ford Capri driven to victory in six races in the 1979 series by Gordon Spice. It had been painstakingly returned to its 1979 spec by the vendor. It sold for just over £92,000.

It was the more mainstream classics that proved popular at the Classic sales on 25 and 26 July. One of the highest prices of the weekend was for a highly original 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL with a genuine 14,500 miles from new. An original right-hand drive car, it had recently been recommissioned and sympathetically restored. It sold at the 26 July sale for just over £151,000

Strong money was also made at the 25 July sale by a low-mileage Aston Martin DB7 - a model that appears to be on the up at present. The 2002 Aston had full main dealer service history and just 11,000 miles on its clock. It sold for just over £50,000.

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By Claire Evans

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