The last WB & Sons sale of the year looks set to be a great one. Here are some stand-out lots set to go under the hammer next month
Words: Joe Miller
WB & Sons has enjoyed perhaps its best year yet, with its December 2 auction set to finish 2023 in fine style. As ever for the Newcastle auction house, variety proves the spice of life, with projects through to potential museum pieces set to cross the block.
British luxury is especially plentiful, with a 2001 Jaguar XKR showing just 64,000 miles guided at £3500-£4500, and a 2003 example of its X350 XJ stablemate complete with an extensive history carrying the same estimate. In addition, a rare 2003 Bentley Arnage R is predicted to change hands for £15,000-£20,000.
More traditional Brits are prevalent too, with something for all tastes and budgets. The Hillman Minx remains an affordable entry to classic motoring, with a gorgeous blue 1957 example available in this sale guided at £2500-£3500. A 1953 Rover P4 75 offers a more prestigious experience for a tempting £4000-£6000, while a pair of MGB GTs are set to be offered too. The first is an MoT’d 1973 example with extensive history that carries an £8000-£12,000 estimate, whereas an honest 1975 Jubilee Edition with just 56,000 miles has a guide of £2000-£3000.
Minis are often present at WB & Sons sales, with this auction’s highlight being a Japanese-market 1994 Rover Cooper showing 46,000 miles and boasting the desirable air conditioning. Finished in the tasteful colour combination of British Racing Green with white roof, it’s expected to change hands for £9000-£11,000. Another British icon on offer is a 1969 Land Rover Series 2A, sporting charmingly patinated bodywork as well as a Ford 2.8-litre V6 engine conversion. Said conversion and a substantial history file make a £7000-£9000 extremely tempting, but our interest is piqued by something rather humbler – a 1989 Austin Metro CityX with just 3000 miles on the clock, a near-complete history and an MoT until October 2024. Metros this mint rarely come up for sale, so an £8000-£10,000 guide price could well be shooting low.
Classic commercial fans are well catered-for too, with a 1964 Austin A35 van bearing a £6000-£8000 estimate and 1972 Ford Transit Mk1 – guided at £2000-£4000 – joining an immaculate 1987 Citroën Acadiane that carries a £7000-£9000 guide. Elsewhere, a brace of 1990s sports cars is headlined by a tidy 1994 Suzuki Cappuccino, which is joined by a one-owner 1995 Honda Accord Coupe with a £2000-£4000 estimate and 44,000-mile Vauxhall Calibra that’s guided at £4000-£5000. For the full catalogue, head to wbandsons.com