Land Rovers were popular with bidders at Silverstone Auctions’ recent Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show held at the NEC in Birmingham, England, where total sales exceeded £1.5million ($2.16 million).
The sale was held in Land Rover’s home city, where one of the earliest examples of the breed, a 1948 Series One (chassis No. 149), sold for £47,250 (nearly $68,000), nearly doubling its pre-auction lower estimated value. Meanwhile, one of the last Defenders, a 2016 110 Heritage Edition — of which only 400 were produced — brought £42,188 (nearly $61,000).
A rare 1950 Land Rover Series I station wagon with coachwork by Tickford sold for £38,250 ($55,000), a world auction-record price, said Silverstone.
Among other highlights:
- A 1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV, the last produced before Volkswagen took ownership of the Italian supercar maker, sold for £174,375 (more than $250,000).
- A 1987 Ferrari 412i brought £50,625 (nearly $73,000).
- A 1973 Ford Capri RS 3100 sold for £49,500 ($71,185).
- A 1971 Volvo P1800 E just two owners from new went for £34,875 ($50,000).
Barn-found vehicles also were popular:
- A 1978 Aston Martin V8 Series III in non-running condition sold for £47,250 (nearly $68,000).
- Another project vehicle, a 1968 Jaguar E-type Series II roadster, brought £41,625 ($59,860).
Silverstone reported a 75 percent sell-through for the auction.
Siverstone’s next sale is May 21 at the Silverstone racing circuit. The following week it ventures off the British Isles for the first time to do a sale in conjunction with the Classic Race Aarhus in Denmark.