World record for Le

Mans Triumph

Triumph TR2 (2)
Range Rover Limousine
Aston Martin DB5
Volkswagen XL 1
Golf GTi
Triumph TR2 (1)

A TRIUMPH TR2 two-seater that took part in the 1955 Le Mans 24 Hours race has sold for a world record £258,750 at auction - more than double its pre-sale estimate.

Reckoned to be worth between £100,000 and £140,000 and bought straight after the race by Prince Hussein of Jordan, the car was being sold after 47 years of ownership by its current vendor, who was in the room at the auction at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC, Birmingham to see his car make a record for the model.

The healthy bidding at the Silverstone Auctions UK sale continued between the room and the phones with the phone becoming the winning bidder at £258,750 making this a world record for a Triumph TR2.

Making rather less money was the 1994 Range Rover Limousine that once ferried boxing legend Mike Tyson around in June 2000; it fetched £33,188.

A rare battery powered Volkswagen XL1 from 2015 with a mere 80 miles on the clock and one of 200 built worldwide sold for £59,063.

Several Aston Martins went under the auctioneer's hammer, with the 1965 DB5 which appeared on the Royal Mail Stamp issue selling for £607,500.

The first car off the block at the sale was a 1991 Golf GTi Rivage Cabriolet which was being auctioned at no reserve for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Bidding got underway well, with the car selling for £10,125.


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