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Salon Prive Is Upon Us

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Britain's poshest and most extravagant car show takes place this week, including an auction of some very swanky metal. Here are some of the best lots on offer by Silverstone Auctions tomorrow, Thursday 4 September.

1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso

Dazzlingly stylish, only 22 units of this Italian stallion were ever made in right hand drive format. Such rarity is contributing to its sales estimate of up to £2 million.

1951 Cadillac Limousine

This is a serious piece of automotive history, having been used by Eva Peron on official business during her husband's term in office as president of Argentina. Expected to reach £200,000-£260,000.

1951 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Coupe

Once the most expensive car in the world, this is a breathtaking, one off Pininfarina design that, with a sale estimate of £375,000-£425,000, could be considered a bargain.

1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback

Last year's winner of the Salon Prive award for 'Most Elegant Design' has been in regular use by its owner. Considering it's worth about a million pounds that's a pretty brave move - you wouldn't fancy a prang in the supermarket car park in this beauty.

1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder

Probably the most popular brand of classic car it the world, this Ferrari has exclusivity going for it too, as one of a production run of only 122 units. With mileage of an astonishing 3,955, it's expected to raise around £2 million.

1970 Range Rover #001

The first ever Range Rover to leave the production line is up for auction, with a chassis stamped #001. It was manufactured towards the end of 1969 and first registered on January 2 1970, about six months before the official release date. Arguably, this very car changed the automotive landscape in Britain and worldwide, ushering in the concept of the luxury SUV. Its sale estimate is relatively low at £100,000-£140,000.

1997 Ferrari F50

£600,000 or so here could well prove a wise investment, as the F50 is primed to be the next model of Ferrari to be craved by collectors. A step on the road to its successors, the Enzo and the LaFerrari, the F50 brought F1 technology to a road going car in the late Nineties, and this exceptional model has covered only 6,219 miles from new.

1951 Jowett Jupiter Special

Made by Coachcraft, the cheapest but possibly most interesting car on the list could reach far more than its estimated maximum of £32,000. A 1954 Goodwood winner and previously owned by John Surtees OBE, it has not undergone any restoration in its six decades.

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