An outstanding sale for Silverstone Auctions as Mercedes-Benz Gullwings soar.

  • The Silverstone Classic sale achieves £6.4 million in sales
  • A fantastic sale rate, 74% of classic cars sold 
  • 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing tops the sale at £832,500

The Silverstone Classic sale which took place at the historic race meeting last weekend saw a packed auction room which achieved an excellent sale rate of 74% (excluding competition cars) with £6.4 million worth of sales overall.

The big story of the sale was the 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing and the 2010 SLS AMG, a new home found for the collection of cars owned by the late Barrie Whizzo Williams and all the cars from the Gentlemans’ Collection selling well with some stand out achievements.

The Mercedes-Benz Gullwing which had attracted lots of interest in the lead up to the sale achieved £832,500. The new vendor was so delighted that he also bid on and successfully purchased the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG for £203,625, therefore having both the earliest and latest of gullwing doored cars.

No place was more appropriate than Silverstone to be selling the collection of cars and kart of the late Barrie Williams. Whizzo who was loved by many in motorsport and would be delighted that his Fastkart, trailer and moped, Lancia Fulvia and Mini Cooper S all found new homes. The Mini sold for £65,250, the Fastakart £3,600 and the Lancia £39,375.

The second collection that was on offer, A Gentlemans’ Collection of No Reserve, attracted lots of interest with all cars selling very well. Several cars achieved more than their estimate, the Ferrari Testarossa stood out achieving £99,000, the 1974 BMW 2002 Turbo sold for £70,874 and the rare Lancia Delta HF Integrale Bianco Perlato selling for £65,563.

Harry Whale auction manager for Silverstone Auctions commented: “We had a fantastic sale this weekend and with such a superb catalogue of lots we are delighted with our achievements.”

“The two collections on offer had some wonderful cars and having a collection, all at No Reserve, really does get the auction room buzzing.”

“Silverstone Auctions were delighted to have been chosen to auction Whizzo’s collection and the new owners of his various cars all have an important part of history from a British motorsport legend.”

The automobilia sale held in the morning attracted lots of interest too, with an array of items for collectors and enthusiasts with something to suit everyone on all budgets. One of the stand-out lots was Lot 120, the McLaren 3- piece luggage set from the McLaren F1 road car chassis No 33 which sold for seven times its estimate at £7,200.

Another of the lots a set of traffic lights in full working order and with a remote control sold for £750. This type of item is always very popular and an excellent item for set dressing.

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