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The Warwickshire Collection, 22 eclectic cars to be auctioned at the Silverstone Classic Live Online Auction

Published on 21 Jul 2020, 14:18
  • The most eclectic range of cars offered by Silverstone Auctions
  • A simply wonderful and elegant 1970 Citroen DS21 Decapotable
  • Rare opportunity to acquire a 1948 Buick Roadmaster Estate (Woodie)
  • One of 10 Allard P2 Safari Estates, of which only 4 are thought to survive
  • The pinnacle of British luxury, a 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom VII Coupe

Silverstone Auctions are to offer The Warwickshire Collection, 22 classic and modern cars which formed part of a larger significant collection at its forthcoming sale on the 31st July – 1st August.

With their next auction less than two weeks away, Silverstone Auctions closed their catalogue last week with three large collections to be offered among 263 Lots across two days.

The Warwickshire Collection is the latest one to be announced, with 22 cars which formed part of a larger and more significant collection. This collection has to be one of the most eclectic, with some stunning classics and also some of the finest British luxury cars.

From the collection are five glorious Citroens including this 1970 Citroën DS21 Decapotable Coachwork by Henri Chapron. The DS is an iconic name that has been attached to some fantastic designs and this Decapotable is one of them. A rare convertible that was sold new to Germany and had two owners prior to coming over to the UK where it gained an MOT in 2007. It then went to Hungary for a short while before coming back to the UK in late 2009. It has resided in this significant collection until now when it is to be auctioned for an estimated £90,000 to £105,000. A fabulous and elegant car that will require commissioning.

Our next car is the 1949 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon or Woodie as they are commonly called due to the timber styling of the rear. This car is such a rare offering as only 653 were ever made in this year and only 21 were exported. This was the most luxurious wagon of the time in America. To make it even rarer, it is believed that only 20 now survive. This is an exceptional car, owned for the first 28 years from new by the same person, sold to a ranch in Arizona where the car was used to welcome visitors due to the luxury the car offered. It was treated to $15,000 of work to the mechanicals in 2009 and then in 2010 over £2,000 was spent on the Dynaflow gearbox where over 90% of the moving parts were replaced for new ones.
An exceptional car in wonderful condition and estimated at £58,000 to £68,000. It will require recommissioning which will be well worth the effort to get this rare Woodie back on the road again.

Sticking to estates or more specifically Woodies, we also have the 1953 Allard P2 Safari Estate. This is even rarer than the Buick with only ten Safari Estates produced and now it is thought there may only be four left in existence. During its lifetime, this Safari has had a number of long-term owners and in the 1980s had some restoration work. When the car was fully restored it was finished in Bronze which has subsequently been changed to a more appropriate colour of British Racing Green. Even though it has had little use, this car is still presented in excellent condition with the black Everflex roof. Estimated at £45,000 to £55,000 this is a lovely piece of British motoring history that would be very welcome at classic events.

We now come to 2008 and the ultimate in British luxury, the Rolls-Royce Phantom VII Coupe. A UK-supplied right-hand -drive car in Diamond Black with a burgundy leather interior and powered by a 6.75-litre V12 engine. As with other cars in this collection, the Rolls-Royce has had little or no use and will require recommissioning hence the 23,698 miles on the clock. Estimated at £135,000 to £155,000 this is a superbly presented car.

Nick Whale, Silverstone Auctions Managing Director commented: “We have had a tremendous response to this auction with over 200 cars consigned including three collections.”

“The cars offered in the Warwickshire Collection is possibly one of the most eclectic, you have the five Citroens, four Bentleys, a couple of current Rolls-Royces, a several lovely Alvis’ from the late forties, early fifties and mid-sixties, plus the 1938 Austin Light pickup. This is such a great collection of cars, some of which we sold back in May and will be selling further Lots in the future.”

“If you are interested in any of the cars in the auction, please do contact us to book a viewing appointment, we have some fantastic cars be offered.”

A full list of cars from The Warwickshire Collection can be found below including their Lot number:  

311 - 1938 Austin Light 12/4 Pickup322 - 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet
312 - 1972 Citroën DS21 EFI Pallas323 - 1997 Bentley Continental T
313 - 1965 Citroën DS19M Décapotable Coachwork by Henri Chapron324 - 1997 Bentley Azure
314 - 1971 Morris Mini Cooper S325 - 1966 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur
315 - 1971 Citroën SM 2.7 V6326 - 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom VII Coupe
316 - 1953 Allard P2 Safari Estate327 - 1966 Triumph TR4A IRS
317 - 1970 Citroën DS21 Décapotable Coachwork by Henri Chapron328 - 1948 Alvis Duncan 2-Door Coupe
318 - 1965 Alvis TE21 3-Litre329 - 2001 Ferrari 456M GTA
319 - 1927 Benjamin/Benova B3 Sports330 - 2007 Rolls-Royce Phantom VII Saloon
320 - 1949 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon (Woodie)331 - 1968 Bentley T MPW Two-Door Saloon
321 - 1973 Citroën DS23 Safari (Break)332 - 1953 Alvis TB21 Tourer


Silverstone Auctions are now booking appointments for those interested in viewing the Lots at their centrally located private storage facility.

They can be contacted on 01926 691141 or email enquiries@silverstoneauctions.com and would be happy to talk with you about any of the cars offered in the sale.

The auctions starts at 11am on both the 31st July and 1st August with a break for 15 minutes around 2.45pm on each day.