Charterhouse will hold its first classic car sale of the year on March 3, returning to the Haynes Motor Museum in Somerset where it enjoyed so much success in 2021.
The catalogue was still building at the time of writing, but could already boast an alluring mixture of projects, quirky classics, traditional favourites and modern prestige.
Amongst several garage finds is a 1960 Daimler SP250 ‘Dart’, which has been tucked away since 1974 and is offered with no reserve, though it’s expected to sell for £7000-£10,000. Similarly, a 1964 Triumph Herald 12/50 restoration project that was last on the road in the late 1980s is being sold in situ from a garage in Yeovil with no reserve, while a tidy 1984 Mercedes-Benz 450 SL that was last MoT’d in 2019 is simply being sold due to a lack of use.
You’ll also find a 1985 Ford Escort RS Turbo Series 1, but this once has spent 16 years parked up outside rather than in the warm and is probably once for the brave only. Nevertheless, it’s offered without reserve and is bound to be popular.
Giving the catalogue some further vibrance is a good selection of quirky vehicles. A heavily modified 1984 Dutton Melos kit car with a Rover V8 engine is bound to offer thrills at an estimated £2200-£2800, while a three-wheeled 1963 Heinkel Trojan 200 bubble car will surely raise a smile wherever it goes.
Ubiquitous but still gloriously unconventional is a 1986 Citroën 2CV6 Special, with further well-established classics including a 1966 Ford Anglia 123E at an estimated £8000-£10,000 and a 1960 Vauxhall PA Cresta at £9000-£11,000. A Land Rover Series IIA and a later Series 3 are also included, as is a pair of Austin A35s and a couple of 1950s MG TFs – one a 1250 model, the other a 1500. There’s a 1952 Austin FL1 hire car too, and a 1948 Rover P3 in 75 guise.
As for more modern classics, a trio of open-topped entries sees a 1997 BMW E36 328i Convertible joined by a later 330Ci variant from 2000 and a 1998 Jaguar XK8. A 1995 Aston Martin DB7 is included too, as is a 2000 Saab 9-3 Viggen Turbo originally owned by Saab UK and a tidy 2003 Audi TT 3.2 Quattro. Staying with German brands, two 1980s Porsche 911s could crack £40,000 apiece, while a 1974 914 is estimated at £17,000-£19,000.
With other classics still to be added, Charterhouse will be looking to build on its strong sales of 2021 with another good performance. For the full catalogue, see charterhouse-cars.com