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Silverstone Auctions’ Salon Privé Sale brings £3.4 million

Silverstone Auctions’ Salon Privé Sale realized £3.4 million ($4.5 million) this weekend, amidst the grounds of the historic Blenheim Palace.
One of the auction’s star lots was a 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster, which had famously appeared in an episode of Only Fools and Horses and was known to fans of the hit British TV sitcom as ‘Boycie’s E-Type’.

Described as "one of the 20th century’s greatest cars", the single-owner Jaguar was presented in remarkably original condition, and exceeded its estimate to sell for £115,875 ($155,050).

Further top results for British classics included a 1959 Jaguar XK150 3.4 S Drophead Coupe which sold for £189,000 ($252,870), and a 1959 Jaguar XK150 3.8 S Fixedhead Coupe which fetched £90,000 ($120,415).

The auction provided a veritable feast for Porsche fanatics, with numerous notable examples crossing the block at Blenheim Palace.

Top of the list was a 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0, which fetched the highest price of the day when it sold for £208,125 ($278,380). Bidders also snapped up a 1988 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo, which soared above estimate to £171,000 ($228,725); an original UK 1963 Porsche 356B TG Super 90 that sold for £146,250 ($195,620); and a 1971 Porsche 911 T which sold for £69,750 ($93,300).

Elsewhere, notable sales ranged from a 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II, with only 885 miles from new, which sold for £202,500 ($270,860); a 1982 Ferrari 512 BBi which sold for £208,000 ($278,215); and a 1968 Shelby GT500, which auctioned for the first time in Europe for £142,875 ($191,100).

"I’m delighted with the results we’ve achieved on behalf of our vendors," said managing director Nick Whale, following the sale. "It’s always great to see both happy sellers and buyers at an auction and we’ve certainly seen that this weekend.

"If you missed the chance to sell with us this summer we’re now inviting entries for our final sales of the year. The Porsche Sale, held in conjunction with Porsche Club GB, is a chance for Porsche fans to buy and sell the finest available selection on the market. Our two-day sale at the UK’s biggest classic car show is always one of the highlight sales of the year."

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