Iconic. Where tactics triumph

  • 15 November 2023
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Cliff Goodall’s view

A name change often hides an underlying story. Replacing the well-established Silverstone Auctions with the ambitious Iconic was a bold move. Although the numbers look good - 104 cars sold for £5,513,851 - the ratios are jarring: 163 cars were offered, and a 63.80% sale rate is hardly award-winning. Compared to last year, sales were down by over £1.5 million, even though 22 more cars were sold back then, and the average sale price decreased from £57,120 to £53,018.

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This time, instead of starting with the top lot, let’s begin with the deal of the day to understand why being there to seize the moment was crucial. It was a 1995 Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione II, red, with 71,500 kilometres on the clock and left-hand drive. This model has been a top choice among ‘youngtimer’ enthusiasts, arguably more so than the Porsche 911 (which has a more classic style), and prices have soared in the last five years. Consider that Iconic (then known as Silverstone) set a record for a similar model a couple of years ago. However, this one wasn’t a rare Martini 5 or 6 and wasn’t in perfect condition either, so it was never going to reach six-figure valuations, but the £68,000-£78,000 estimate seemed spot on. Yet, the room remained inexplicably lukewarm, and it sold for just £55,667, the lowest value for an Evo 2 since 2020.

Iconic. Where tactics triumph - 1 1995 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione 2 sold for £55,667 (€63,695)

Cars without a reserve often have intriguing stories. A 2002 BMW Z3M Coupé, featuring the (highly-desirable) S54 engine, was one of only 165 right-hand drive models built, of which just 14 came in the striking and rare colour of Stahlgrau Metallic (Steel Grey). Another notable lot was a red 1966 Porsche 911, a 2.0 SWB Coupé, initially destined for the American market. Despite its origins in Nebraska, a state known for harsh winters and corrosive salt, it was brought to the UK in 2014 for a comprehensive restoration and was recently serviced by marque specialists Autofarm.

Iconic. Where tactics triumph - 2 1966 Porsche 911 2.0-litre 'SWB' Coupé sold for £67,500 (€77,235)*

The BMW Z3M had an estimate of £45,000-£55,000, and the Porsche was estimated between £80,000 and £100,000. The Z3M sold well at £60,750, £15,000 above the minimum estimate. However, the 911 fell short, selling for £67,500, £13,500 below its lower estimate.

Iconic. Where tactics triumph - 3 2002 BMW Z3M Coupé (S54) sold for £60,750 (€69,500)

The two Jaguar XJ-S coupés offered at the auction presented an interesting comparison. Both featured the 5.3 V12 engine and were presented in a similar colour. One was a 1982 model with 17,500 miles on the clock, while the other was a 1989 version with 31,000 miles under its belt. The estimates? Identical at £20,000-£25,000. History or mileage? The 1982 model, (therefore with fewer miles), narrowly won at £18,843, compared to £17,437 for the 1989 model.

Iconic. Where tactics triumph - 4 1982 Jaguar XJ-S HE sold for £18,844 (€21,560)

History can indeed add value! A 2004 Range Rover, once driven by Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth I I (and reportedly quite well), despite having a vague description and no mention of its engine type, was estimated at £50,000-£60,000. It sparked a bidding war and sold for £132,750.

Iconic. Where tactics triumph - 5 2004 Range Rover Ex-Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II sold for £132,750 (€151,890)

This price didn’t even tickle the top lot of the day: a Ford RS200 Evolution. While RS200s are rare (only 144 were built), the Evolution models – with their 2.1-litre engine doubling the power output of the “base” models – like the one offered here are even scarcer – only 14 were made, and this was one of just four right-hand drive models. And it had only 12 miles, yes you read that correctly, twelve! Estimated at £500,000-£700,000, it fetched £486,000, setting a new record that surpassed the previous highest sale by over 15%.

Iconic. Where tactics triumph - 6 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution sold for £486,000 (€556,100)

It was also a great day (and new record) for a Jensen, this time a 1973 Interceptor “re-engineered” by Jensen itself in 2007 with a 435 bhp LS3 Corvette engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, and all the latest technology, now costing around £400,000. The estimate of £80,000-£90,000 already earmarked it for a spot among the most expensive Jensens ever sold, but at £135,000, almost 69% above the minimum estimate, it rose to the top spot.

Iconic. Where tactics triumph - 7 1973 Jensen Interceptor III 'S' sold for £135,000 (€154,465)