Classic Cossie changes hands for colossal cash

Classic Cossie changes hands for colossal cash

MOTORMOUTHS love nothing more than the smell of a new car. Given the choice, though, we’d prefer back-tobasics driving in a classic MG or our favourite, the classic Mini.

Our lotto cars would of course include something expensive, red and made in Italy, but we’d still splash the cash on a fleet of old-school classics.

If only we had been lucky in last week’s draw, as Silverstone Classics in the U.K. had a bumper week which saw a record-breaking six-figure Cossy change hands.

A massive spike in classic car values, especially performance models from the 1980s and early ’90s, has seen prices go through the roof.

One of the top cars for Ford, the Sierra RS500 Cosworth reached a record number this past week, when one lucky owner parted with £115,000 (€127,000) for this very rare and incredibly low-mileage RS500 Cosworth.


As the name suggests, just 500 we made, but few will be in as good condition as this one, which was eventually bought by an Australian bidder.

It has only covered 10,733 miles and, since it was last MOT’d in September 1991, it has covered just 666 miles.

Other classics that went under the hammer were a pristine Peugeot 205GTi which eventually went for £38,480 – I wish I’d kept mine now! This little pocket rocket had just 5,726 miles on the clock.

Everything is as it was from the showroom – a 128bhp engine, Alpine White paintwork, red ‘Quattro’ velour and grey leather seating, lightweight Speedline alloy wheels and no sunroof (which was notorious for leaks).

It couldn’t be confirmed if this is a record price for a 205GTi, but one sold last year for £7,000 less and set the record then.

A rare car back in the day, the Lotus Carlton cost its new owner £72,000.

Just 284 Lotus Carltons were made for U.K. customers and this is No. 28, with just 4,500 miles on the clock, it even has its original tyres fitted.

Finally, the ‘best’ Capri Brooklands ever – according to Silverstone auctions – was sold, fetching north of £55k.

It was verified by Ford specialists that this car has never been repaired or resprayed.

The £55,125 fee paid over the weekend eclipses the record figure of £54,000 paid for a Capri 280 Brooklands set last March