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17 Jul 2015

Silverstone Auctions is revving up for a packed Silverstone Classic sale

Silverstone Auctions will hold its biggest sale of the year at the Silverstone Classic on 25-26 July with a mouth-watering collection of the world’s finest Seventies, Eighties and Nineties classic cars.

A sensational catalogue featuring a host of the world’s finest classic cars from the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties alongside some incredible competition cars is heading to the home of British motor racing next weekend.

Held during the Silverstone Classic motor racing festival on 25-26 July - an event expected to attract 90,000 enthusiasts - Silverstone Auctions’ sale at the Silverstone Wing is set to be its biggest of the year and, appropriately, features a mouth-watering collection of cars.

Headlined by the first 964 RS ever produced and gifted by Porsche, not sold through dealer network, the N/GT Lightweight Specification car was allegedly given to Ulrich Richter, an Eighties Porsche-only racing driver.

The gift was to entice Richter back into GT racing which worked with substantial success – he came third at the Daytona 24HRS in 1994 driving a 911RSR. The Maritime Blue RS was customised for him for use at his favourite circuit, the Nurburgring. He sold the car in 1993 and it arrived in the UK from Germany on 1 November 1995 having covered just 30,000km. Since then it has been pampered and wants for nothing, thanks to an engine rebuild by Porsche specialists Ninemeister in 2005, a suspension and braking system overhaul in 2006 – which also included a replacement clutch – and a full glass-out paint re-fresh in 2008.

Needless to say, it has complete service history as well as a Porsche Letter of Authenticity and an original 964 RS owner’s manual. Entered into auction with an estimate of £230,000 - £260,000 this historically significant, best-of-the breed 911 represents an incredible opportunity for the serious car collector. 

Another immaculate, highly sought-after and fast-appreciating Porsche starring at the Silverstone Classic sale is a 1972 911 2.4S Coupe. This LHD matching numbers car – confirmed by its Porsche Certificate of Authenticity – was first registered in March 1972 and is presented in its original Light Ivory with a black interior and period correct Fuchs alloys. 

The car was initially built for the Italian market but spent most of its life in Paris, before being imported to the UK in 1997 with only 69,000 miles. After an engine rebuild in 2001, only 16,000 miles ago, a rolling road test in 2006 revealed it still produced 196bhp and the car has covered just 5,000 miles since a gearbox overhaul by Autofarm in 2012.

Featuring the optimally located oil tank ahead of the rear wheel (pioneered in the 911R of 1968 and reverted to in Nineties 911s) this car also features a period correct Blue Spot radio and Recaro sports seats. Coming with an extensive history file, this beautifully presented 911 carries an estimate of £130,000 - £150,000.

Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, said: “It is always a pleasure to return to our home at the Silverstone Classic, especially with such a great catalogue and a great location as the Silverstone Wing. Last year we saw record prices and we absolutely expect the same again this year with particular focus on the glorious Porsche 964 RS really showing our strength in offering the very best in Seventies, Eighties and Nineties cars.

“We are also looking forward to opening our doors ahead of the Silverstone Classic with our Competition Sale, which has stemmed from an increasing amount of popularity of privately owned racing cars competing in historic series, such as the races at Silverstone Classic. It’s going to be an incredible weekend.”

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