MOTORS: Royal Jaguar fetches best part of £¼m

Jaguar XJ220 auctioned by Silverstone Auctions
Jaguar XJ220 auctioned by Silverstone Auctions
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A Jaguar XJ220 once owned by royalty, a ‘time-warp’ Talbot Lotus Sunbeam and an extremely rare Porsche 911 were among the highlights of a classic car auction that topped £4.5 million.

A world record was set when the 1994 Jaguar XJ220 sold for £247,500 to a buyer from Singapore. It had once belonged to the royal family of Brunei, whose wealth is historically linked to the Middle East’s oil reserves.

The Talbot Lotus Sunbeam (featured previously in the Melton Times), with just 193 miles under its wheels, had developed a cult following all of its own in the time between being unveiled and being sold. It eventually went to an unnamed buyer for an eye-opening £50,625.

Porsche prices are running as high as ever, with the chief highlight being a rare 964-era 911 Turbo 3.6 that sold for £90,000 more than its lower estimate. The hammer came down at £220,500.

Another 911 from the same era, a 1992 911 Carrera RS Touring, sold for £112,500.

Classic Land Rovers also did well, with a Series I 80in fetching £38,250 and a 1994 Range Rover LSE topping out at £33,750.

Speaking after the sale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, Nick Whale, said: “These are another great set of results for our vendors and are a fantastic way to end what has been a very exciting year for us.”

Nick added: “I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has attended one of our sales during the year and I look forward to welcoming you at our next auction which will be held at Race Retro in February.”