Silverstone schedules eight auctions for 2017

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The scene at Silverstone's Salon Prive auction in 2016 | Silverstone Auctions photos
The scene at Silverstone’s Salon Prive auction in 2016 | Silverstone Auctions photos

Silverstone Auctions, founded only five years ago by Nick Whale, has announced an eight-auction calendar for 2017. During its 2016 sales, Silverstone sold 445 cars for a total of more than $32 million.

Ten of those cars sold for world auction record prices, Silverstone noted in its year-end news release.

Preview at the Silverstone Classic auction
Preview at the Silverstone Classic auction

Silverstone’s 2017 calendar includes:

  • February 24, Race Retro competition car sale, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
  • February 25-26, Race Retro classic car sale, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
  • May 13, The May Sale, The Wing, Silverstone
  • July 27, The Silverstone Classic competition car sale, The Wing, Silverstone
  • July 29-30, The Silverstone Classic The Wing, Silvestone
  • September 2, The Salone Prive sale, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
  • October 21, The Porsche sale, The Wing, Silverstone
  • November 11-12, The Classic Motor Show sale, NEC, Birmingham

“I’m delighted that we are once again hosting auctions at these fantastic, high-profile classic car events,” said Whale, a longtime new-car dealership owner who partnered with former Formula One racer Damon Hill in BMW/Mini and Audi stores from 2001-2006.

“Over the last six years we have sold some truly magnificent classic cars, modern supercars and competition cars on behalf of our vendors, and today we have some of the biggest known classic car collectors among our customers, with a fast-growing international client base,” he added.

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Race Retro is among Silverstone's annual sales
Race Retro is among Silverstone’s annual sales

Among the record prices paid at Silverstone sales in 2016 were £495,000 ($622,000) for a 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GTR, $292,500 ($368,000) for a 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II, and £121,500 ($152,900) for a 1958 Lotus Elite.

“We’re extremely excited about next year’s sales and the first cars have already been consigned,” Whale added.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.