Historics starts its 2024 auction calendar with a plethora of enticing classics at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday, March 2

Words: Joe Miller

Over 140 cars are set to go under the hammer at Historics’ next sale, spanning an era of over 80 years and including everything from no-reserve potential bargain to six-figure rarities.

The headliner could well be a 1968 Aston Martin DBS ‘prototype’ fitted with a Fitted with Lola Aston Martin V8 development engine, which could sell for as much as £160,000. Rather more utilitarian, on the other hand, is the selection of Land Rovers. An ex-MoD 1955 Series 1 86-inch is offered with a £15,000–20,000 estimate, while a fully restored 1981 Series 3 109-inch on a galvanised chassis is offered with no reserve. A rare 1993 Defender SV90 is also offered being one of 90 produced in Caprice Green with a soft-top. It’s estimated at £20,000–25,000, but if you prefer an example of its German rival, there’s a 1991 Mercedes 300GES. A rarity with a manual gearbox, its fantastic condition following a glass-out respray earns it a guide price of £26,000–34,000.

If you prefer your Mercedes badge on a glamorous roadster, however, there are all the best generations of SL available; a 1959 190SL is one of just 562 right-hand drive examples ever built and with just 29,000 miles, earns a hefty £128,000–148,000 estimate. Next is the ubiquitous R107 – a 1985 500SL, complete with factory hardtop and resplendent in Cabernet Red, it’s estimated at £18,000–23,000. In addition, a 1972 350SL with the smaller V8 also includes its hardtop and a hefty history file, adding up to a £14,000–17,000 estimate. The later R129 generation is also well-represented, firstly by a 1993 SL300 originally owned by the wife of Terry Wogan, which is temptingly offered with no reserve. The standout, however, is a 1996 SL600, boasting the almighty 6.0-litre V12 engine, which is guided at £18,000–24,000.

There are plenty of humbler classics too, including a no-reserve 1978 MGB GT in Inca Yellow and a 1975 Citroën 2CV6 Club with a galvanised chassis, which is guided at £8000–12,000 but also has no reserve. A 1989 Mini Thirty offered as a light recommissioning project could be another no-reserve bargain, while a 1991 Nissan Figaro, seemingly rust-free and with just 65,000 miles, also carries no reserve. Finally, a 1985 Carbodies FX4 taxi boasting velour seating, rear entertainment system and a cocktail cabin is expected to sell for £6000–10,000.

For the full catalogue, head to historics.co.uk