Two Jaguar XJ220s raced ahead of all else at the weekend’s dual Silverstone Auctions sales, with both cracking the £300,000 barrier and exceeding their lower guide prices as the hammer fell.
As had been expected, the 1995 Le Mans Blue example achieved the highest price of the pair, selling for £337,500 against a pre-sale estimate of £325-375,000. The ’97 Spa Silver car, meanwhile, went for £303,750.
However, only 35 of the 75 cars on offer across the twin sales on Saturday (11 May) changed hands, with several other high-profile lots among those that failed to find a new home.
The first of the two auctions was The Heythrop Classic Car Sale, and among the interesting lots that did sell were a 1988 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo Targa G50, which made £78,750, and a striking blue 1975 BMW 3.0CSi Coupé (£41,625).
On the flip side, neither a 1972 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ converted into Spyder form nor a 1965 Excalibur SS once owned by Hollywood star Tony Curtis found a new owner.
The cars in the afternoon’s Sale of British Marques fared slightly better, with the two XJ220s leading the way. Other big sellers included a 1935 Bentley 7.4 Litre V12 Special that’s enjoyed success in Bentley Drivers’ Club and Vintage Sports-Car Club competitions (£106,875), and the ex-Jay Kay customised Mini (£22,500).
Also among the afternoon’s lots were two interesting Aston Martins: the 1965 DB5 that’s featured on Royal Mail stamps was estimated at £675-750,000 and the unusual 1950 Aston DB2 ‘Washboard’ had been tipped to sell for £475-550,000, but neither sold.
We were, however, pleased to see that a one-of-two Railton F29 Claremont from 1989 changed hands; a V12 XJS that wears a streamlined aluminium body that was the brainchild of none other than William Towns, it raised £60,000, bang on its £60-70,000 estimate.