Race Retro auction sets new records for Ferrari, Alfa Romeo

Two Ferraris, one Alfa Romeo and a Triumph motorcycle all hit record amounts

Four cars set new world record prices at the recent Silverstone Auctions sale at Race Retro.

Among them were two Ferraris, both of which comfortably cleared their estimates. A 1991 Testarossa with only 955 miles on the clock – and a set of five-piece Ferrari luggage – sold for £72,500 over its lower estimate, eventually hitting £202,500.

Newer Ferraris are already growing in price too. A 1999 Ferrari 456M, also low-mileage with just 400 miles on the clock since new, sold for £118,125 – a new record for the 456.

Classic Alfa Romeos have been gaining value for quite some time, with 1950s and 1960s examples climbing significantly over the last few years. Cars bearing the Zagato name are surefire investments too, so a combination of the two – in the shape of a 1991 Alfa Romeo SZ – will always be a hit.

In this instance, the 808 kilometer SZ broke its lower estimate by more than £30,000, eventually selling for £84,938.

The final record-breaker had only two wheels, but no less historical significance. The 1965 Triumph ‘Thruxton’ Bonneville reached an impressive £21,938.

Other sales at the Race Retro auction included a 1973 Porsche 911 2.4S which hit £113,750, and a 1955 Volkswagen Type 2 Samba Microbus, which hit £67,500 – a long way from the model’s everyman accessibility of the 1960s. The auctioned example is believed to be the first Samba imported into the UK.

Silverstone Auctions’ next sale will take place at the Restoration Show, at the Birmingham NEC on March 28.

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