Latest Auction Results – Including some Familiar cars
It has been a busy time for auctions in the last few days with the NEC Classic Motor Show sale taking place on the 13th of this month, and H&H Auctions at Donington Park not long after, on the 16th.
First up, remember that stunning and rare right-hand-drive Karmann-bodied 3.0 CSi with the M5 engine conversion we told you about a month ago? Well it has now sold through H&H Auctions at its Donington Park sale and it smashed its upper estimate of £32,000, with the gavel coming down at £720 below £50,000. This is good money for a CSi that has gone through such a radical, if extremely well executed, modification process. Aside from the modifications it still had rarity on its side, being one of just 207 RHD CSis with the Karmann style body ever sold.
Over at the NEC Classic Auction, undertaken by Silvertone Auctions, there were just three BMWs on the lot list; however each was interesting in its own right. First up, and selling for £21,938 was an E36 BMW M3 GT Imola Edition. Just 50 Evolution Imola Individual cars were sold in the UK market and the car offered by Silverstone (number 5 of 50), presented in Imola Red, had three owners from new and a sensible 87,000 miles on the clock. Presented to a good standard, the price achieved demonstrates good demand for these cars, which were selling for around £11,000 two years ago.
Second of three BMWs offered at Silverstone was another rarity; a BMW Z3 M Coupe in S54 spec. The S54 relates to the BMW M3-derived S54B32 engine that was found under the bonnet – a developed version of the earlier S50B32 3.2-litre unit offered between 1998 and 2001 in the Z3M. Its value comes in its rarity; 165 right-hand-drive examples were made and this car has just 11,000 miles on the clock. To put its £58,500 sale price in perspective, left-hand-drive imports from continental Europe typically demand £35,000-£40,000.
Last up, and a car that didn’t actually sell on the day, was a BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution (EVO III) – the ultimate version of the much-revered E30 series. It offered a host of upgrades over the standard ‘touring car for the road’ M3, chief among which was an engine enlarged to 2.5-litres and benefitted from lumpier cams, a revised intake system and a light flywheel. In Sport Evolution trim, it put out 254hp. As well as the engine the car was lighter thanks to light body panels and glass, a revised look due to a more aggressive front bumper, adjustable splitter and rear wing. Completing the touring car look were brake cooling ducts which drew air towards new discs and rotors. Suspension was uprated too, offering a more dynamic driving experience including in this with AC Schnitzer case struts, springs, top mounts, adjustable anti-roll bars and a strut brace.
This particular car was estimated at between £95,000 and £115,000 but as it didn’t sell on the 13th, there’s a chance it’ll be up for grabs again very soon.