Last weekend I set a course for Silverstone from our HQ in Wales, a route that unfortunately took in the M5. Friday afternoon and M5 don’t go well together and this part of the route added an extra 40 minutes to my journey. The reason for embarking on this trip was Silverstone Auctions’ second Porsche sale that was being held in The Wing at Silverstone in conjunction with the Porsche Club of GB. In truth, one of the drawcards was the talk given on the Friday evening by endurance racing legend, Derek Bell MBE.
As an added bonus, John Fitzpatrick was also present on this occasion selling his new book, Fitz: My Life at the Wheel, and folk could buy their copy and have it autographed by Fitz. Judging by the length of the queue at the table where John was selling his book and where Derek was autographing Porsche racing posters, folk obviously took good advantage of this opportunity. A review of Fitz’s book will appear on our VMP site soon, so look out for that in due course.
Saturday morning saw the number of potential buyers begin to swell right from the moment the doors opened at 09h00 for the Silverstone Auctions’ second Porsche Sale. There was a great deal of interest in almost all of the scheduled 65 cars that were on offer, right from the project cars through all the early 356s and 911s, 964s, 993s, 996s, 997s, 924s, 928s, 944s, 968s and the awesome Carrera GT. Budget-wise, there was something for most Porsche enthusiasts from £6400 for a 911 E project car right up to over £200,000 for a stunning 911 2.4 S from 1972. Seventy per cent of the cars on offer were sold for a total of around £2.5million. Potential buyers from around the world submitted bids in the room, on the telephone and online, giving the sale an international flavour.
Here is a selection of some of the cars offered:
By the way, Silverstone Auction’s next car auction will be on 12th and 13th November at the Birmingham NEC Classic Motor Show.
Words and photos: Glen Smale