One Of Europe’s Finest Collections Of Classic Cars To Be Sold


August 7, 2014 By Mike Lee
Last updated on August 6, 2015

Silverstone Auctions is set to offer one of Europe’s finest collections of road going classic cars to come to market, at The Salon Privé Sale on September 4th in London. Henry Pearman, the founder and CEO of Eagle – the world’s premier Jaguar E-Type specialist – has overseen the creation of this unique collection of high quality and original cars, known as the ‘Stradale’ Collection, applying the same energy, passion and attention to detail as Eagle is world renowned for.

The star of the historic road car collection is considered to be one of the all-time ‘ultimate’ Ferraris – a very rare 1971 Ferrari 365GTS/4 Daytona Spyder, estimated at between £1.75 and £2.25 million. The car, one of just 122 ever produced, was delivered new in 1971 to US casino owner William F. Harrah and has covered just 3,955 miles from new. As a testament to its supreme original state, the car was granted Ferrari Classiche certification in 2009 and is presented in black with red leather interior.

Other iconic Italian models include one of just 349 Ferrari F50s to be built, this example with just 6,219 miles recorded and estimated at between £600,000 and £750,000, as well as its predecessor, the iconic F40, with only 10,738 miles driven and in exemplary order –also estimated at between £600,000 and £750,000. An example of the original supercar, and regarded by many as the best, is an exceptionally original but mechanically fresh 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 presented in its original striking yellow and estimated at between £600,000 and £750,000 too, which will also be going under the hammer.

Some special British models also feature, most notably a 1931 Bentley 4 ½ Litre Blower. Regarded as one of the most charismatic cars of all time, this example is number 25, the final car in the first batch of just 50 produced. Estimated at between £2.2 and £2.5 million, the car enjoyed a trouble free 3,000 km run in the inaugural Blower Bentley International Rally in 2010, which celebrated the cars 80th anniversary at Le Mans.

Also within the British models is probably the most famous convertible Aston Martin of all, a sister car to HRH Prince Charles’s DB6 Mk 2 Volante, the model immortalised by Prince William and Kate at the Royal Wedding. One of only 38 ever produced, and just 17 to feature the preferred manual gearbox, this is estimated at £820,000 – £920,000. A rare blue example of a Lotus Elan Drophead Sprint carries an estimate of between £35,000 and £45,000.

Commenting on the ‘Stradale’ Collection, Pearman said: “Having chosen Salon Privé to launch our Eagle E-Type Speedster to the world back in 2009, as well as to celebrate the E-Type’s 50th anniversary in 2011, we knew the new joint venture between the UK’s finest concours event and Silverstone Auctions was the perfect opportunity to release some of the very best road cars from the collection.”

“It is truly a living collection, so is subject to change from time to time, and we’ve been exceptionally fortunate to have recently acquired arguably the very best Audi R8 – the ex-works and 2004 Le Mans winner, to join the growing number of competition cars within the collection.”

The first car for the collection was acquired in 2000 and over the last 14 years has evolved to include some incredibly famous road and race cars, with 14 thoughtfully grouped road going cars presented under the hammer at Syon House.

Speaking on behalf of Silverstone Auctions, sales manager, Paul Campbell, said: “I am delighted that we will be bringing one of the country’s most important classic car collections to auction. The ‘Stradale’ Collection includes a series of iconic cars from the Daytona Spyder to the F50 and F40. Collectively they are undoubtedly some of the most desirable cars to come to market in recent years and The Salon Privé Sale is the perfect venue at which to sell them.”

For more information on the collection and the sale please visit http://www.silverstoneauctions.com/salon-prive or www.salonprivelondon.com/auction/