Italian classics attract lots of interest

Italian classics attract lots of interest

A trio of iconic low-mileage Italian racing cars have fetched a combined £400,000-plus at auction.

The vehicles went under the hammer at a Race Retro weekend staged by Silverstone Auctions at Coventry's Stoneleigh Park on February 21 and 22.

Enthusiasts buying a car for 2015 with oomph, kudos and Italian style needed to look no further than the Ferrari Testarossa. This 1991 model went for £202,500 inclusive - a full £52,500 over the original estimate.

It was billed as one of the world's finest examples of the model and only had 955 miles under its bonnet.

Another Ferrari turning heads and attracting interest was the rare 456M. With just one past owner, this model had even lower mileage at 400 miles and fetched £118,125.

Another most-prized Italian supercar, a stunning Alfa Romeo was bought for £84,938 - nearly £15,000 above its top estimate. The 1991 SZ had 502 miles on its clock.

Other leading sales were a Porsche 911 and a Volkswagen Samba Microbus. The former, a 1973-built Targa 24S, went for £114,750 - while the latter, a 1955 VW Type 2, attracted £67,500.

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