As Hobbs Parker gears up for its first classic car sale of 2024 its catalogue is packed full of interesting lots

Americana is something of a theme in this sale, headlined by a 1978 Chevrolet Corvette C3 Anniversary Pace Car, a special edition produced to mark 25 years of the American sports car. Tasteful in two-tone black and silver, it’s guided at £17,000–18,000.

Next comes a 1944 Willys Jeep, complete with its original tools and canopy and offered with no reserve. Altogether less function and more form is a vast 1966 Buick Electra 225 Custom, powered by a 6.5-litre V8 and imported to Britian in 2004. It looks fantastic in electric blue with white-wall tyres, and could be yours for an estimated £14,000–16,000.

Equally attention-grabbing in its own way is a patinated 1958 Chevrolet Apache 3200 Stepside pick-up, complete with power steering and Bluetooth, as well as disc brakes, twin-choke carburettors and fully rebuilt running gear. Practical and deeply cool, it earns a £10,000-£12,000 guide.

If the Americana is too brash, there are ample British favourites to choose from. A 1956 Morris Minor two-door looks sweet on Minilite-style wheels, was previously MoT’d until 2023 and features a Webasto sunroof and retro-fitted red leather seats, all for an estimated £3000–4000. Another Minor in the form of a grey 1965 1000 saloon carries a tempting £2000–3000 guide, while a two-owner 1967 MGB roadster looks tidy and is estimated at £7000–9000.

A 1967 Riley Elf is a pleasing rarity and earns a £6000–7000 estimate, while a 1968 Austin Mini 1000 Traveller presents beautifully following extensive bodywork restoration, new woodwork, and a fresh interior. Arguably one of the sale’s standouts, it deserves its £13,000–14,000 guide.

There are sports cars in abundance too, including a 1997 Morgan Plus 4 T16 that could be the perfect first Morgan with its £15,000–18,000 guide, a Honda S2000 showing 65,000 miles and estimated at £10,000–12,000, and a 39,000-mile 2003 Mercedes SLK230 Kompressor, which looks like great value with a £3000-£4000 estimate.

A 1984 Porsche 944 Convertible also caught our eye – its lovely Guards Red paintwork contributing to its £7500-£9500 guide – while a rare and quirky 1960 Berkeley T60 is properly unusual and is estimated at £4000–4500. Shopping on a budget? You might be able to nab the 43,000-mile 2003 MGTF 160; waxoiled and always garaged, it’s estimated at a bargainous £1500–2500.

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