If you happen to be in England this weekend, make it a point to pop by the Silverstone Auctions, taking place from July 28 to 31 on the sidelines of the Silverstone Classic. It’s going to be a classic car lover’s heaven with 143 race and road cars to go under the hammer over the weekend. Apart from a dedicated racecar sale and a two-day classic road car sale, the auction will also feature an impressive array of collectible automobile memorabilia and luxury lifestyle items.
The biggest draw in the competition car sale will be a 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GTR racecar, which is one of just 17 made. Described as “the most original Porsche” to have gone on the block at Silverstone ever, the rare Porsche has only got 109 kilometres on the clock, and is estimated to fetch between £475,000 (Dh2.28 million) and £575,000 (Dh2.76 million).
There are also several celebrity-owned classics going under the hammer. These include a 1958 Lotus Elite Series I first owned by jazz musician Chris Barber, and expected to go for anything between £75,000 (Dh360,000) to £100,000 (Dh480,000). Then there’s a 2000 Ferrari 550 Maranello, formerly owned by football legend Sir Geoff Hurst, which is estimated to raise between £120,000 (Dh576,000) and £150,000 (Dh720,000). If those are beyond your budget, there’s a 1984 Audi Quattro first owned by Nigel Mansell, and sold here with a copy of the Isle of Man registration document in Mansell's name, as well as a copy of Audi Driver magazine, which saw the car on its cover in January 2016. Better still, you can snap it up for a price as low as £25,000 (Dh120,000).
Among the other significant cars that will go on auction over the weekend are a 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Roadster, a restored 1958 AC Ace Bristol, still with its original 'D' series engine and original gearbox, and a 1948 Buick Roadmaster Convertible barn find.