Brightwells’ next timed online sale takes place on February 11–15, 2023. Here are some star lots to watch

So often it’s the projects in a sale that fire the imagination, and the catalogue for Brightwells’ February sale is a perfect illustration. Particularly fascinating is Lot 61, representing state-of-the-art 1960s German automotive engineering in the shape of a Mercedes 600. In long-wheelbase four-door spec, the ’69 Pullman has an interesting history, having been owned by a Berlin-based company until the operation was purchased by Japanese buyers and the Mercedes moved with it to Osaka. Returning to Europe in 2019, the car received extensive recommissioning – notably the hydraulics that operate everything from suspension to windows and bootlid – and is running and driving, although it needs further attention to tidy up some details.

A less daunting project in the sale offers an affordable route into Jaguar Mk2 ownership, in the shape of a part-dismantled 1966 2.4-litre example. Despite three doors having been removed, it’s said to be complete and the manual overdrive ’box makes the 2.4 more lively than you might expect. Certainly it looks like a straightforward restoration, and a 3.4 or 3.8 upgrade is simple enough if you’re not too worried about originality.

A favourite among the more modern fare is a late-model BMW 635CSi, late enough in fact to boast the run-out Highline spec. From a similar era but an entirely different world is a 1991 Ford Sierra Sapphire with husband-and-wife ownership and just 49,000 miles from new.

Meanwhile, almost as eye-catching as the Mercedes 600 is a bright white Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible from 1980, complete with equally arresting red leather interior, while a slightly less ostentatious open-top experience is offered by a 1985 Jaguar XJ-S Cabriolet – an increasingly rare animal these days.

Traditional classic fare includes an Austin-Healey 3000, a pair of MGBs and an original 71,000-mile 1969 VW Beetle 1500 that had group editor Wager particularly enthused, especially when it was discovered to be a no reserve sale.

Bidding begins on Saturday, February 11 and the lots will close from 7pm on Wednesday, February 15. Viewing is offered without appointments on the Monday and Tuesday beforehand from 9am to 5pm. For more details, visit