Classic motors go up for sale

JonathanJune 27, 2014

A selection of some of the most iconic cars ever produced are to go under the hammer as part of an upcoming auction at this year's Silverstone Classic.

For the first time, this year’s award-winning Silverstone Classic in late July will include an expanded two-day auction as one of the extravaganza’s major attractions.

Organised by Silverstone Auctions, the enlarged Silverstone Classic Sale will include a number of exciting lots that are sure to attract both collectors and enthusiasts, with the latest addition to the lots coming under the hammer being the eclectic ‘Molino’ private collection.

It includes 14 classic cars and six motorcycles spanning nearly 90 years of automotive history and is currently owned by well-known Midlands motor industry enthusiast Mike Hewitt.

Since retiring in 2011, he has spent his time acquiring and fully restoring a wide variety of cars and motorcycles that are now offered for sale at Silverstone circuit, including rare models from marques such as Fiat, Porsche, Jaguar and MG.

The top of the bill will be a rare 1940 Alvis 12/70 Competition, which is estimated at between £100,000 and £120,000 in value, and was raced in national hill climbs and international races from 2007 by the late Robin Everall.

Commenting on the collection, Nick Whale, managing director at Silverstone Auctions, said he is "very proud "to be offering Silverstone Auctions' first ever private collection for auction, and to play a part in the cars’ histories.

"What’s even better is that the cars appeal to such a variety of tastes," Mr Whale added.

Another incredibly rare British sports car to be offered in Silverstone Auctions’ two-day sale is a 1950 Healey Silverstone, which is one of just 105 ever built and was hand built at the Donald Healey Motor Company factory in Warwick, designed to be equally at home on the road or racetrack.

Powered by a 104 horsepower 2.5 litre Riley engine and mated to a four speed manual gearbox, the car proved highly competitive in a number of events, including a class win in the 1949 Alpine Rally driven by Healey himself, and has an estimated value of between £160,000 and £180,000.

"The auction is an integral element in the growing success of the Silverstone Classic," said event director Nick Wigley.

"The event is growing bigger and bigger every year and the enlarged two-day sale at this summer’s Classic mirrors that expansion."

With lots such as the Healey Silverstone and wonderful Molino collection coming under the hammer, Mr Wigley said the auction – which takes place between July 26th and 27th – has some "real quality" on offer.

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