Video: How to buy a classic car

How to buy a classic car

Classic cars may be more popular than ever, but braving one of the many summer auctions is still something of a minefield, with some less-than-perfect machines up for grabs.

Ex-journalist and car industry figure Harry Metcalfe has produced a video ahead of Silverstone Auctions' sale this coming weekend, which will see more than 100 machines going under the hammer, from Jaguar E-Types and Mercedes SLs to quirkier vehicles including a Renault Spider, a lightweight Caterham 21 and a 1940s Jeep.

Offering top tips on how to bag an auction gem, Metcalfe takes a look at two of the many Porsche 911s that should be popular with buyers at the sale. Key tips to bear in mind when looking for a car at auction include passing an eye over the paint finish and checking the gaps between the panels to make sure that the car isn't hiding accident damage.

Taking a look at the car's history is always critical, too, Metcalfe adds – a hefty folder full of receipts is always a good sign – and make sure to check that the car's identification number matches the details in the car's history folder.

The upcoming Silverstone auction sees a raft of varied models going up for sale. We've rounded up some of the most striking machines in the gallery below.

How to buy a classic car

How to buy a classic car