The year is set to start strongly for WB & Sons as the Newcastle auction house prepares to kick off 2024 with an eclectic mix of lots
Words: Joe Miller
British classics are a favourite of WB sales, and this occasion will be no exception. The selection includes a 2000 Rover Mini Cooper with just 60,000 miles, guided at £5000–6000, while another standout is a 29,000-mile 1998 Lotus Esprit GT V8. It’ll require some work having been off the road for nine years, but projects don’t come much more exciting, and the £18,000–20,000 guide price is a tempting one.
A 1980 Triumph TR7 Roadster offers a more affordable British sports car project, estimated at £2000–4000, whereas brave restorers might fancy a 1964 Bentley S3. It needs a full respray and a complete interior, but will be a glorious car once finished and is offered with no reserve. Somewhat humbler and ready to go is a 1957 Standard 8 with a £3000-£4000 estimate, while a £6000–8000 guide is given to the equally charming 1964 Austin A35 Van.
There’s plenty of luxury and prestige on offer too, with a 1992 Mercedes R129 SL500 guided at £8000–10,000 joined by a 2005 Jaguar XJ8 with a temptingly low £2000–4000 estimate. There’s even a 2005 Bentley Continental GT, which boasts 44,000 miles on its twin-turbo W12 engine and carries a £15,000–20,000 guide price.
In the midst of winter, 4x4s are bound to be popular too – there are two 2014 Land Rover Defender 110s, one a heavily-modified single-cab van guided at £18,000–22,000, the other an XS crew-cab, with a £30,000–32,000 estimate. The off-roader that caught our eye, however, was a 1974 Range Rover. Originally delivered to Tasmania, the Bahama Gold two-door has only been in the UK since 2022 and is said to have covered just 26,000 miles. It garners a hefty but justified £45,000–55,000 guide price.
There are also sports cars from all eras and to suit all budgets – a 2006 Mazda RX8 offered with no reserve appears free of any worrying rotary engine issues, but far more eye-catching is a 1992 Pontiac Firebird. With the 5.0-litre V8 engine, metallic red over grey spec and just 25,000 miles showing, the £3500–4500 guide seems great value. In addition, A 2006 Mazda MX-5 with an impressive 188,000 miles on the clock and has a modest guide of just £800–1200. For the full catalogue, head to wbandsons.com