We’re used to an intriguing mix of vehicles at SWVA classic car sales, but its next auction on April 29 is its most diverse for some time
Close to 80 entries were consigned for SWVA’s next sale on April 29 at its Poole base at the time of writing, ranging from a 1924 Willys-Overland Model 91 through to a 2004 MG TF.
In between those two bookends is a whole wealth of potential projects, traditional classics, German prestige and alluring rarities. Likely to be the sale’s headliner is a 1953 Lagonda 3-Litre drophead coupe by Tickford. It’s one of just 20 Mk1 cars built, with a similar example owned by the late Prince Philip selling for £350,000 in 2016. This one, however, is expected to command £60,000-£65,000.
Other British classics include a 1967 Wolseley 6/110 described as “out of the box” and carrying a more modest £6750-£7750 estimate. From the same vendor comes a 1972 Rover P6 V8 in very tidy condition, which is joined in the sale by a 1971 example in the same colour – albeit more of a project. Other Rovers include a 1948 P3-series 75, P4s in 80, 105S and 110 flavours, and a now very rare SD3-generation 213S from 1985. A 1994 Rover Mini Cooper will also be offered, joining a retro-styled 1989 Mini Mayfair and a genuine 1966 Morris Cooper.
Also joining the contingent of traditional Brits are no fewer than three Morris Minors, a 1931 Austin 12/4, two 1950s A40 Sports, a 1988 Bentley Turbo R, a quartet of Triumphs comprising a 2500S estate, a Spitfire, a Stag and a GT6, a Lotus Europa S2, at least five Jaguars and a 1966 Austin-Healey Sprite Mk3. Earliest amongst four MGs, meanwhile, is a glorious supercharged PB from 1935, which is expected to command the best part of £30,000.
The Blue Oval stable is well represented too, with a couple of Mk2 Cortina 1600Es joining a Mk4 Fiesta and a 1999 Cougar. The biggest hitter could well be a 1972 Escort RS1600 though, resplendent in Daytona Yellow and expected to command as much as £55,000.
Elsewhere, those looking for a slice of German prestige will have the choice of two BMWs and five Mercedes-Benz, the latter including an excellent 1996 E320 Cabriolet from 1995 showing a genuine 60,551 miles. A Volkswagen Corrado VR6, a couple of Golf Cabriolets and a 1958 Auto Union Coupe continue the German theme, while further lesser-spotted entries include a 1966 Renault Caravelle, a 1974 Steyr Puch Halfinger 4×4 and a 1993 Honda Civic converted into a pick-up.
We’ve picked out our favourites from the sale below, but for the full catalogue and details on how to bid, visit the SWVA website.