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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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The Ioniq 5 will be the first dedicated electric model designed on Hyundai's new battery electric vehicle platform.

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Hyundai Motor Company, the parent of the Kia, Hyundai, and Genesis brands, has released a new series of photos and videos teasing the forthcoming Ioniq 5. The midsize crossover is slated to Abe the first model in the company's Ioniq dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) lineup brand.

It will also be the first vehicle that is underpinned by Hyundai's new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The architecture is similar to what General Motors unveiled with its Ultium platform. The vehicle, Hyundai says, will showcase a "fundamental shift in design approach" for the company where vehicles are designed around the platform rather than modifying existing vehicles to put in BEV power systems like what is in the Kona EV.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 car teaser preview back Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

The fresh design elements in the Ioniq 5 include Parametric Pixels, the smallest unit of digital imaging, as well as the CUV's color, material, and finish (CMF) direction that works to connect digital functionality with its analog counterpart. The car's front end features pixel-inspired lights, u-shaped and squared off at the corners. Its clamshell hood spans the entire width of the car, which is a concerted effort to minimize panel gaps and increase aerodynamics.

The wheels feature aero-optimized design and come in 20-inch diameter, the first ever fitted to a Hyundai EV.

"Ioniq 5 presents an all-new customer experience through innovative EV design that is evocative of the icon that established Hyundai's design DNA," said SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center. "Beginning with Ioniq 5, our dedicated BEV lineup brand will redefine the relationship between people and their cars, establishing a new standard against which all BEV design experiences will be measured."

In addition to the photos, Hyundai released videos that preview the Ioniq 5's core technologies. Three feature "ultimate camping" scenarios where owners are able to use the Ioniq 5's general power supply (110/220V). In each video, the camper is seen using IONIQ 5's 3.5KW of V2L-supplied power, which they use to roast a turkey in a large oven, listen to music on high-end audio speakers, and exercise on a treadmill—all at a camping site.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 car teaser preview front wheel Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

The '5 Min Challenge' video highlights Ioinq 5's ultra-fast charging capability that enables it to drive more than 62 miles with only a 5-minute charge (WLTP).

You can watch all the videos below.

Ioniq 5: Ultimate Camping (teaser) - Scene 1. Cooking

Ioniq 5: Ultimate Camping (teaser) - Scene 2. Sound

Ioniq 5: Ultimate Camping (teaser) - Scene 3. Running

Ioniq 5: 5 Min Challenge (teaser) - Trailer

IONIQ 5 will debut in a virtual world premiere event in February 2021.

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The BMW xDrive system celebrates its 20th birthday this year.

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The year was 2001. It was the second year of a new millennium that had gone ahead without much disruption despite all of the concerns about Y2K. It was the advent of modern infotainment systems and BMW was on the cusp of debuting their new iDrive system.

The technology first appeared on the BMW 7 Series, which was ridiculed for a whole host of reasons, with iDrive just another part of what critics thought was wrong with the car.

A new, four-minute video from BMW released to coincide with the beginning of CES celebrates (?) just how far the iDrive system has come in 20 years. Why the question mark? The video is the perfect example of the age old tale of the boy who likes the girl but to hide it he constantly picks on her and shows off in front of his friends, with a smattering of disrespecting your elders.

A story of generations. BMW is a part of CES 2021. www.youtube.com

The entire video takes place in a darkened garage with the 7 Series voiced by an aging male who uses words like "whippersnapper" to ridicule the forthcoming BMW iX, comparing it to a "Tomagachi" and accuses it of being a toy car because it's not in production yet. The iX is voiced by a female who accuses the 7 Series she calls "grandpa" with "sniffing at the gas pumps too long".

The iX accuses the 7 Series of being past its prime, saying that it's impossible to talk to "their generation". The two voices rattle through the various features of their iDrive systems and while the iX's voice goes over that system's, the 7 Series voice replies with a swear word that refers to feces from a male cow.

Then the iX voice explains what infotainment intelligence means to the 7 Series while touting that the iX "knows everything because I'm always online".

BMW iDrive Evolution: BMW 7 Series with iDrive (2001)

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After being thoroughly insulted, the 7 Series drives away and the iX seeks them out saying the popular refrain, "I didn't mean it that way" before explaining that without the original iDrive the iX wouldn't exist.

While amusing, the video clearly fits in with social media posts the company has featured recently where they make fun of older buyers, who are also known as the bread and butter of BMW's audience. It's an interesting sales tactic.

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