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An electrifying eclectic collection of cars to be offered at NEC show sale

Published on 16 Oct 2019, 16:50
  • A futuristic 2015 Volkswagen XL1 with just 79 miles on the clock
  • Porsche 928 GT to be recommissioned and sold for a new Channel 4 show
  • Golf GTi Rivage Cabriolet to be sold with all proceeds to Motor Neurone Disease Association

Silverstone Auctions are set to offer several very intriguing cars in their forthcoming sale including a Porsche which is being featured in a new Channel 4 show and a lovely Golf where all of the proceeds will be donated to charity.

One of the star lots on the 9th and 10th November has to be the 2015 Volkswagen XL1. At the time of launch in 2011, it was considered very futuristic, combining a diesel engine and an electric motor to power it to 300mpg. Who would have thought it back then that now we would be championing electric vehicles and this XL1 at £50,000 to £60,000, with just 79 miles on the clock could be considered as new. The construction of the car was also advanced and Volkswagen patented the carbon fibre reinforced polymer which was used to construct the bodywork which incorporates two gullwing doors and shrouded rear wheels. There are many features on this car that we now take for granted as we head into 2020. Fully serviced regardless of mileage and with one owner who has included all the books, car cover, charging station and a laser-cut model, what a great car and how relevant it is now.

It’s not the first time Silverstone Auctions have sold cars on behalf of TV shows. Channel 4 are launching a pilot episode for a new show where members of the public dig out their tired possessions and get them recommissioned for sale. Silverstone Auctions have been asked to sell a Porsche 928 GT in manual which will have been professionally inspected and recommissioned prior to the auction and filmed as part of the show. The owner of the car gets to choose who will recommission the car once they have made their pitch and will focus purely on the mechanicals and some cosmetic aspects as the car is prepared. An agreed percentage of the sale price will be returned to the restorer as payment for their labour and parts. This 1989 car has already had an extensive engine rebuild 1,500 miles ago, has been dry stored for the last four years with an MOT and comes with an extensive file of paperwork. Estimated at £20,000 to £25,000, it will be presented at auction with a new MOT and ready to drive away.

Our next special lot is the 1991 Volkswagen Golf GTi Rivage Cabriolet which is being sold at No Reserve and with all the proceeds including being donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. This, one of the 470 UK supplied cars, is the run-out model for the Mk1 GTi convertible finished in Inca Blue. Our vendor’s wife bought the car from the first owner in 1996 prior to it passing to him. The car has a warranted 77,134 miles, is in very nice condition and has been on a SORN since 2018. It will also come with the cherished registration number J4 LOL.

Fans of the early 1980s TV series Knight Rider will remember Michael Knight played by Michael Hasselhoff chasing crime in his trusty Pontiac Trans-Am aka KITT, a car that used AI artificial intelligence. With just five original cars remaining out of approximately 20 used for the series, it doesn’t surprise you that there are Homage cars about and Silverstone Auctions will be offering an Homage to this great car of the early 80s TV series. Estimated at £15,000 to £20,000 this 1983 Pontiac Trans-Am Knight Rider Homage appears to be an accurate recreation with a fabulous interior of multicoloured lights and switches. Imported into the UK in 2016 it is not registered for the road, taxed or MOT’d but it may be possible to do so as it does start, run and drive. This is a car for a movie fan and what a great piece of memorabilia it makes.

Our next two lots couldn’t be more different in size, a 1994 Range Rover LSE Limousine and a 1962 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble Car. So let’s start with the Range Rover, a very special vehicle commissioned by the Sultan of Brunei for his brother Prince Jefri by Townley Cross Country Vehicles at a cost of around £135,000. Its fame doesn’t stop there as in June 2000 this Range Rover was used to ferry World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson around Glasgow when he fought Lou Savarese at Hampden Park where he took him down in 38 seconds, the second quickest fight of his career and one where the referee was also taken down as he tried to stop the fight. Now returned to the UK and back on its original registration of L23 PWT this amazing looking Range Rover is being offered at £18,000 to £24,000.

So now we come to the little and it is little in comparison to the Range Rover Limousine, 1962 BMW Isetta 300 Bubble car. Powered by the more powerful 13bhp 298cc engine, this Bubble was assembled in the UK in left-hand drive and recent work has included new two-tone paintwork, fabric roof, tyres and exhaust. Estimated at £16,000 to £20,000 this is a beautifully refurbished Bubble car.

Harry Whale Silverstone Auctions Auction Manager commented: “We have 64 cars to be offered on Saturday and 56 cars on Sunday. It’s a great catalogue of very high-quality cars some with fascinating stories and some coming from high profile ownership.”

“We are very pleased to be offering all the proceeds of Lot 201 the VW Golf which will be the first car off the block on Saturday. The Motor Neurone Disease Association is worthy charity, one we are very happy to support.”

The Silverstone Auctions sale takes place on the 9th and 10th November at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Car Show, NEC, Birmingham. On each day, the automobilia and lifestyle auctions start at 11am and the car auction starts at 2pm. (Remembrance Sunday 10th November, the automobilia auction will begin at 11.05am)