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2013-05-21 09:52

AWESOME PRIZE: This unique 1975 Maserati Merak by Saurer was picked up for R657 000 at the Silverstone International Trophy auction sale on May 17, 2013. Image: Newspress

South Africa is treasure chest of rust-free classic cars thanks to the dry Highveld atmosphere; you just have to know where to look and perhaps even sell them along with a few other beauties at a Silverstone Circuit Classic sale.

A rare 1968 barn find Maserati Ghibli (check out the new Ghibli here) selling for a stunning R455 000, more than double its pre-sale estimate, was just one of 38 amazing cars to find new homes at the Silverstone Auctions hosted, International Trophy Sale on May 17.


In total, 62% of the 61 lots were successfully hammered away for a premium inclusive equivalent total of more than R12.9-million.

But it wasn’t just the Ghibli which exceeded pre-sale expectations. Other cars to sell for more than their upper estimates included a 1968 Ford Mustang 390 Bullitt (R818 200), a striking 1986 Ferrari Testarossa (more than R1-million, a unique 1975 Maserati Merak by Saurer (R657 000) and a diminutive 1961 BMW Isetta 300 (R314 000).

Silverstone Auctions MD Nick Whale said: “This was our first sale of 2013 at Silverstone so it’s terrific to mark our return in such an emphatic manner. The collection we pulled together not only looked superb; lots were sensibly guided which was reflected in these great results.”

Other notable lots included a 1964 Ferrari 330GT Series 1 (R1.285-million), a 1971 Porsche 911 2.2S (R1.180-million) and a 1967 Karmann Ghia ‘Razor Edge’ (R380 000).


There were two Ducati motorcycles - both sold... a 2009 1098R Monoposto for R165 370, a 2008 Monster S4RS for R74 500.

“Once again, we’ve managed to achieve some excellent returns for our vendors,” added Whale. “With 50 spaces available for our next sale on July 27 I’d urge anyone considering entering a consignment to contact our team as soon as possible.”

Anyone wishing to discuss an entry into the Silverstone Classic Sale can contact Silverstone Auctions on 01926 691141 or visit the website for more information.

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