Hobbs Parker’s third and final classic car sale of 2023 takes place at its auction centre in Kent on October 18–19

Words: Jeff Ruggles

It’s a cliche to talk about variety in classic car auctions, but this sale has it in abundance – with lots ranging from a 1909 Renault AX Tourer through to various modern classics. The sale is set to use a timed online format, with viewing available on site.

Our attention, however, is immediately drawn to a plethora former street furniture from the 1980s. An example of the rare Mk2 Ford Fiesta 1.4 S showing a mere 53,000 miles looks tempting at an estimated £2500-£3500, as does a contemporary Renault 5 Monaco that carries a modest £2000-£3000 guide. A 1988 Nissan Sunny Van is now a very rare commercial, while two earlier saloon cars also catch the eye – an 18,000-mile Ford Cortina Mk2 dating from 1981, and a 1983 Volvo 240 DL that’s described as being in outstanding condition.

You’ll also find a number of traditional Brits, including a couple of long-wheelbase Minis – one a Pick-up, the other a rare Mk2 Austin Countryman ‘woody’ variant fresh from a comprehensive restoration. These are joined by a Wood & Pickett 1275GT restoration project, as well as an Austin-Healey Sprite Mk2, no fewer than four MG Midgets and a trio of MGBs that includes a late 1981-regsitered GT LE. Offering a neat MG alternative, meanwhile, is a very smart 1966 Sunbeam Alpine GT guided at £8000-£9000, and there’s also a very early UK-supplied TR6 with its correct CP 150bhp engine, estimated at £14,000-£16,000.

More luxurious Brits include a trio of Rolls-Royces comprising a Silver Spur, a beautiful 1974 Silver Shadow 1 and a 1978 Silver Shadow 2, as well as a seldom-seen Bentley T2 that comes complete with with two full ring binders of history. A couple of E-Types and a 2001 S-Type V6 Sport with just 44,932 miles appear among a healthy Jaguar contingent, with a 1994 Range Rover Classic 4.2 LSE from 1994 showing 46,569 miles appearing alongside various Land Rovers. For those looking for robust German alternative, a 1989 G-Wagen is one of five Mercedes set to be offered.

With unusual lots including another very early Renault in the shape of a 1928 NN 6CV, a Berkeley T60 and a US-spec Maserati Quattroporte, there’s plenty to pique the interest of bidders. For the full catalogue, see hobbsparker.co.uk