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Here’s what’s up for grabs at Silverstone Auctions’ next online sale

Silverstone Auctions has joined the growing number of collector car auction houses staging online-only sales in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Taking place on 23 May, The May Live Auction comprises a wonderfully diverse selection of around 50 cars…

Silverstone Auctions’ online sales will be slightly different to those held by its rivals in the collector car sphere in that there will be a streamed physical auctioneer overseeing the proceedings. Bidders can make live bids online, via the telephone or commission bid. Depending on government advice in the lead up to the sale, viewings can be arranged beforehand on a one-to-one basis. 

The 48-lot catalogue itself is a veritable smorgasbord of automotive history’s greatest hits. Whether you’re in the market for a historic competition car, a continent-crushing Grand Tourer or simply a fun and affordable convertible in which to enjoy your eventual freedom this summer, there’s something here for you. 

On those three aforementioned fronts, these are our picks. You’d not want for any more performance after haring across a special stage in the 1984 Peugeot 205 T16, which was built by Peugeot UK under the supervision of Des Odell and raced successfully in America between 1984 and 1988 by the real estate tycoon and budding rally driver Jon Woodner. The comprehensively restored and ‘on-the-button’ pocket rocket is estimated at £260,000–290,000.

As a car in which to cross Europe at immense speed and in peerless style and luxury, we’d look no further than the 2003 Bentley Continental R Mulliner, which cost at least £225,000 17 years ago but could be snagged for £72,000–82,000 on 23 May suggests Silverstone Auctions. That’s serious British bang for buck. If a humbler convertible for stolen summer Sunday drives is more your bag, then how about the tidy 1991 Porsche 944 Turbo Cabriolet? It’s up for £20,000–25,000. 

You can find our 10 favourites from the sale listed below (including an ice-cool 1992 Lotus Carlton that looks as though it just left the factory) or, alternatively, browse the entire catalogue in the Classic Driver Market

Our 10 favourites from Silverstone Auctions online in May