Eclectic 21-Vehicle Ensemble Includes Woodies, Modern Brits and Old Frenchies

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The Times They Are a-Changin' says Bob Dylan, so the harsh reality of the current global health and economic crisis certainly lends credence to the famed American singer. Currencies are crumbling, thousands of jobs are lost every second and everyone is looking for ways to shelter their hard-earned economies. Gold is always a safe bet – but so are classic car collections. And here is one that could easily withstand the test of time.
Silverstone Auctions are betting on the upcoming Silverstone Classic Live Online event taking place July 31st and August 1st to shore up the ailing auction market that was only recently seeing one fallen record after another. The good news has already started – we just saw Ken Miles’ 1965 Shelby GT350R become the most expensive Ford Mustang on the planet.

This eclectic bundle of cars – The Warwickshire Collection – certainly will not come near the same mark even though it features 21 modern and classic vehicles. It does not matter, though, because each and every one impresses in its own right – let alone when taken as a whole. This is the final collection that was announced among the 263 lots prepared for the online event – and might just be the finest of them all.

Included in the mix are some stunning examples of British artistry, such as the not-so-old 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom VII Coupe. But enough with the modern cars, let us discuss the classics. First off, we have no less than five Citroen models – among them an exquisite 1970 Citroën DS21 Decapotable with coachwork done by Henri Chapron.

The uncommon DS convertible has led an adventurous life – it was sold new in Germany, went to the U.K. and then to Hungary and back to the British Isles. The auction house estimates its value at up to £105,000 and we have no reason to assume otherwise. On the other hand, this fine example of classic American finesse seems like a real bargain at £68,000.

The caveat is always true - the 1949 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon shown in the gallery needs a full recommissioning before hitting the roads in style again. The latter is part of an exceedingly rare series of just 653 cars – of which a mere 20 are thought to have survived up to this point in time. Another interesting Woodie part of The Warwickshire Collection is the 1953 Allard P2 Safari Estate.

You cannot get more timber-exclusive than this, as only ten Safari Estates are known to have been produced – with just four still surviving. Odd or not, this great American luxury wagon is estimated at just £45,000 to £55,000 while the aforementioned Phantom VII Coupe could fetch as much as £155,000 according to estimates.

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