The BMW’s of the Silverstone Classic 2017 Auction

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This years Silverstone Classic was jam packed with BMW’s like Jamiroquai front man Jay Kay’s 1975 BMW 2002 Turbo. One of the very first classic cars he purchased back in 1995, covering just 65,000 miles from new went under the hammer for £70,880.

Also from his car collection is this rather fine example of an E28 M5, with comprehensive history spanning its 150,000 miles the first part being as the UK press car. Certainly a well used but equally as interesting history, the hammer fell at £29,810

From the legendary Alpina stable, this V12, 5.7 litre, six-speed manual, right-hand drive B12 Coupé. In total, Alpina built 57 examples powered by their 5.7-litre B2 engine, and only seven of these E31 850 super coupés were right-hand drive, making this a very rare car. Thought to be one of only five remaining, chassis #13, along with three other Alpina B12s, was originally destined for the Sultan of Brunei’s collection. Two were delivered, the other pair only getting as far as the Sultans Singapore dealer. By 2001 it became apparent that he would not be taking delivery, so the remaining two Alpinas (chassis #10 and #13) were acquired by Sytners BMW in the United Kingdom where they were both sold to Sir Anthony Bamford. This meant that #13 was first registered on the 28th of November 2001, some eight years after it was manufactured.

The auction room was all done at £63,000

Something much more recent, a 2011 BMW 1M with 32,000 miles finished in Valencia Orange, the favoured colour of BMW CEO Dr. Kay Segler.

The hammer fell at £42,750, considering the list price in 2011 was £40,020 plus options these cars have held their value, and make a wise investment.

Back to the classics, a 1966 BMW 2000 CS went for £26,450

A 1973 BMW 3.0 CSi, originally sold new in Sweden in 1973. In more recent times, a dedicated enthusiast in Denmark has owned the car for 15 years and during his tenure has looked after it on a ‘no-expense-spared’ basis. A few years ago, whilst mechanically the car was in good condition, the paint was beginning to show some age so the decision was taken to entrust this lovely coupé to the Copenhagen-based, ‘Stelvio Automobili’, who were tasked with restoring the bodywork. After it was professionally prepared, it was treated to several coats of the original Polaris Silver Metallic and there are details and photographs in the history file detailing the extensive work carried out.

The current owner, a senior BMW man, purchased the car from Stelvio two years ago, after the work was completed, registered it here and has enjoyed it ever since. Before he took delivery, he requested the car was undersealed after the restoration. As you would expect, from the love and attention this car has enjoyed, the exterior presents very nicely with a deep shine from the striking Silver metallic paintwork. The interior is excellent and looks to be broadly original, with the correct leather and blue carpets.

The odometer reads 86,000 km, and the hammer stopped at £31,500

Lot no 443, was the lightweight varient, the 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL

The car presented here is a 1973 BMW CSL 3.0 (model 3452), and is a genuine, right-hand drive, UK-specification model (Chassis # 2285416), thus being the 416th RHD CSL model produced, and one of only 151 such examples imported in 1973.

It was first registered on the 3rd August 1973, finished in Polaris Metallic with the obligatory black Scheel sports seats upholstered in cloth with leatherette bolsters. We understand the car has had just four previous owners; however, the last two were in the same family, owning the car collectively for the last 30 years. It is believed the car was put into heated dry storage in 1997 when its owner at the time was working overseas, and unfortunately, the car’s service book was misplaced during this period.

REC 400M was purchased by our BMW-enthusiast vendor because of its exceptional condition, appearing rust-free and a matching numbers example, and he commissioned a complete bare-metal professional restoration. With the car being so unspoiled, many original parts were simply cleaned, renewed and reinstalled. Where this wasn’t possible, genuine new-old-stock BMW parts were used. The result is simply stunning, a best-of-both-worlds car – bringing collectively a sense of real authenticity plus the reassurance that every component is as good as it could be.

The car sold for £137,250

The final car is this 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL, new in the UK on 21st March 1973. The bodywork has been fully stripped to bare metal and the car painted in the period-correct colour of Taiga Green by ‘355 Automobile Restorations International’. The mechanicals including the engine, suspension and gearbox were all reassembled by the Ferrari specialist SMDG.

The history file shows this CSL has had 8 former keepers and there are older bills and receipts from BMW specialists Jaymic, BMW Guildford and Munich Spares.
Reading at 75,000 miles she fetched £78,750

The 2002 would of been the car for me, might just have to get myself to the next auction, The Salon Privé Sale 2017.

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