RECORD PRICE: This 1991 Ferrari Testarossa, with an accompanying five-piece Ferrari luggage set, sold for the equivalent of R3.6-milion. Image: Silverstone Auctions
LONDON, England - Silverstone Auctions kicked off 2015 with a four world record prices, a sales rate of 78% and total sales of about R65-million in its Race Retro sale for classic cars.
Classic Ferraris remain in high demand, with two cars breaking world records at the auction. A low-mileage 1991 Testarossa, with an accompanying five-piece Ferrari luggage set, sold for R3.6-milion. A rare 1999 456M, with just 643km on the clock and one previous owner, was bought for a record-breaking R2.1-million.
One of the auctions most eye-catching cars was a 1991 Alfa Romeo SZ with just 808km on its odometer. It fetched a world record price of about R1.5-million.
A highly desirable 1973 Porsche 911 2.4S, with an extensive history file, sold for R2-million. With interest in Targas rising, this car presented an exciting investment opportunity for collectors.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Race Retro auction
Silverstone Auctions managing director Nick Whale said: “This is another great set of results for our vendors and gives a promising and exciting outlook for the year ahead.”
One of the sale’s most unique lots was a 1955 Volkswagen Type 2 Samba Microbus which fetched R1.2-million.
The first Type 2 Samba imported into the UK and an important piece of Volkswagen history, the Samba had been perfectly restored and is thought to be the only surviving example of the few Wolfsburg-built examples that were imported into the UK.
13 RACE CARS SOLD
A number of historic motorcycles were also presented, with a rare 1965 Triumph ‘Thruxton' Bonneville breaking the fourth world record of the sale, reaching an impressive R395 000.
A total of 13 race cars were sold at the sale, with one of the most fascinating models offered being a 2010 Aston Martin Vantage GT2 Chassis 007. Sold for R1.9-million the racer was the Le Mans support race winner, entered by Villois Racing for drivers Filippi and Lavio. It also competed in six rounds of the GT Open series, with Guerrrero winning the Pro-Am race at Brands Hatch.
A restoration show sale, with interest placed on classic car discoveries and barn finds will be held on March 28.
1991 Ferrari Testarossa - R3.6-million
1991 Ferrari Testarossa -about R2.1-million
1991 Alfa Romeo SZ - R1.5-million
1973 Porsche 911 2.4S - R2-million
1955 Volkswagen Type 2 Samba Microbus - R1.2-million.
Race cars:2010 Aston Martin Vantage GT2 Chassis 007 - R1.9-million
1965 Triumph ‘Thruxton' Bonneville - R395 000