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These are the best cars available at Silverstone Auctions Live

This Porsche 911SC is just one of the models going up for auction in May.

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The show/auction must go on. Silverstone Auctions Live will go online this year and while the masses under the tent will be missing, there will be plenty of vehicles available online for bidders to spend their money on.

The models on this list are the most interesting models set to cross the block at this year's Silverstone Auctions.

1968 Ford GT40

1968 Ford FT40

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The British-made Ford GT40 was recently named one of the best British cars of all time. The model up for auction at Silverstone is a 1968 Ford GT40 that was created as a homage during 2017 and 2018.

This isn't just a regular replica. It's Terry Drury's model. Drury was a privateer in the 1960s and he designed this model, which his company, now run by his son, made to his specification. The project started as a box of parts including a 320ci Gurney-Weslake Ford V8 and a ZF Le Mans gearbox. It eventually led to a box of original spare parts. Together, an accurate and faithful monocoque GT40 was made.

This model is expected to fetch £325,000 - £375,000 at auction.

1982 Ferrari 512 BBi

A single-owner 1982 Ferrari 512 BBi is also hitting the block. It's one of the 42 cars that was supplied to be sold in the U.K. by Ferrari in 1982. Under 1,000 512 BB models were produced in total.

The Berlinetta Boxer was one of the first Ferraris to feature a mid-mounted flat-12 engine. It's 5.0-liter produces 360 horsepower and is paired with a dual-late clutch.

The right-hand drive model is finished in a Rosso paint job and features a tan leather interior. In 1997, it underwent a restoration, gaining a fresh coat of paint. It features just 20,964 miles on the odometer.

It was eventually replaced in the Ferrari lineup by the Testarossa.

Silverstone Auctions expects the model to go for £175,000 - £220,000.

1974 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 Roadster

The 1974 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 Roadster is a beast. It roars to life thanks to its V12 engine and makes a splash on any highway or byway thanks to its Signal Red body color. The model features tinted windows, chrome wire wheels, and a works hardtop that was recently restored.

It has under 35,000 on its odometer. The car has been treated with Ziebart corrosion protection and detailed with a full Swissvax.

The model This is an immaculate, matching numbers, manual car with a Heritage Certificate.

Auction estimates are listed at £95,000 - £115,000 for the model.

1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale

1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale

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In the '60s, Alfa Romeo had some serious racing chops. Their models were known for being slippery and successful on the track. This left-hand drive 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale is powered by a 1290cc four-cylinder engine that achieves 100 bhp and has a maximum speed of 124 mph.

The model is an early 1960 production that was first a road car then a race car. The Silverstone Auctions listing reads,

"During 2005, it was granted FIA papers (Period E /Class HGTS4) and in 2011, the little Alfa was imported to the UK to join a large private collection where it was campaigned by a prominent historic racer and carefully maintained by the collection's personal mechanic. In 2015, it was fitted with new FIA seats and belts but, as always with any competition car, it is essential that a new owner satisfies himself as to the legality, validity and currency of any racing-related equipment. An MSA/FIA Historic Technical Passport (Racing and Hill-Climb) was issued in 2015 and is valid until the end of 2025."

The car's registration dates back to 1967. It will be sold with that registration as well as the FIA/MSA HTP, Carta di Circolazione, CSAI Passaporto and Log Book (lots of interesting entries), and a Classic Car Taxatie (Dutch valuation) in addition to other documents.

It is estimated to get £55,000 - £65,000 at auction.

1965 Ford Cortina Lotus

A rare 1965 Ford Cortina Lotus is up for auction. It was built in May 1965 and went to an owner in Los Altos, California. The owner's file, which comes with the car, features a number of U.S. registration cars, the original Dealers Service Policy, and hand-written mileage and fuel logs.

The original owner kept the car until the early 80s before eventually making it to New Zealand in 2013. There, it underwent an "eight-stage sympathetic refurbishment over late 2013 and Spring 2014" according to its Silverstone Auctions listing.

In addition to the registrations and service records, the lucky buyer will also get an original Ford Cortina Owner's Manual, a Lotus Cortina Service/Workshop manual, a Brooklands publication containing contemporary road tests, an original factory Price List, a gear lever knob (that may be the original), and an invoice indicating the car had an oil and filter change and a fresh MOT on 16/06/2019.

The model is estimated to sell for £45,000 - £55,000.

1977 Porsche 911SC 3.0-Liter Targa ('78 MY)

From its Petrol Blue Metallic paint job to its targa top and black leatherette/black and white 'pin-stripe' velour interior, the 1977 Porsche 911SC 3.0-Liter Targa is a head-turner.

For the 1978 model year, Porsche offered a new model of the 911, the 911SC. Its "SC" designation stood for "Super Carrera". The car was able to get 180 horsepower from its 3.0-liter aluminum engine, which is paired with a five-speed transmission.

The vehicle's original buyer checked a number of options boxes on the model including impact absorbers, headlamp washers, leather steering wheel, colored windows, a centre console, and electric windows. There's no doubt the make, model, color, and options made it desirable, even for those with far fewer scruples than the general population.

According to the auction house, the car was stolen in the 70s with just 3,000 miles on the odometer. It would continue to be missing for a decade when it suddenly turned up with just over 1,000 more miles added. In mid-March 1987, the car was once again declared the properly of its original owner, after he paid Royal Insurance, WLY 185S a negotiated amount of £11,000. It would remain his property until 2005.

A series of owners and services later, the car now has 23,980 on its odometer.

Auction estimates for the model are £55,000 - £65,000.

1966 Lotus Elan S3 Historic Rally Car

This yellow 1966 Lotus Elan S3 historic rally car just screams fun. Just look at it.

The right-hand drive model features a JS Motorsport-built Lotus twin-cam engine under its hood that yields 152 horsepower. The list of additional equipment includes Koni and TTR shock absorbers /suspension, Monit trip meter, Sabelt 4-point belts, Minilite centre-lock wheels, a headed windshield, heavy-duty clutch, FIA fire extinguisher, hydraulic handbrake, big bore manifold, and an uprated prop/driveshafts.

It isn't just a historical model. The car is ready to are with fresh 10-year FIVA papers.

Silverstone Auctions puts the estimates at £30,000 - £35,000 for this model.

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This gorgeous 911 sports a rebuilt title.

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Values of even less desirable Porsche 911 models have skyrocketed in recent years, but the early- to mid-1990s cars have always been special. This one falls well within the parameters, though it's got a backstory that will turn many buyers away. This 1991 Porsche 911 has a rebuilt Texas title, and as one commenter noted, the issue could be the result of a collision with a deer.

Rebuilt title or not, this car's quite the looker. It wears Grand Prix White over black leather, and it feature power windows and exterior mirrors, a sunroof, and a unique Turbo body kit. It has been modified, although lightly, with 18-inch wheels, power front seats, and a new stereo system. Under the rear engine cover lies a turbocharged 3.3-liter flat-six that makes 315 horsepower. It's connected to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.

1991 Porsche 911This is one of the most iconic sports car silhouettes ever.Cars and Bids

This car's apparently flaw-free appearance hides the rather nasty fact that it has a rebuilt title. A detail-oriented commenter on the auction mentioned finding information on the car's damage, including repairs performed after a collision with a deer and subsequent hair removal. We'll let you decide how that impacts your feelings on the car.

1991 Porsche 911The interior looks untouched, though those are replacement seats.Cars and Bids

If it's any indication of how valuable a good condition example of this car would be, it was bid to $95,000 with a rebuilt title and still didn't meet the reserve price. While it's a bummer for those hoping their bid would be the one, cars like this do occasionally pop up without deer damage, so it's worth keeping your eyes open.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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