The first classic car auction at Farnborough International was hosted by Historics on May 11. Here are our highlights

Historics ventured out of its Buckinghamshire base to host its May 11 sale at Farnborough International, the first classic car auction the venue has ever hosted – it proved to be a hugely successful sale, with 109 lots selling and gross sales exceeding £3 million.

Mercedes proved to be the theme of the day, with arguably the highlight being the 1989 R107 300SL which, on account of its immaculate condition and remarkable 2700 miles, sold for an impressive £77,953. A 1991 190E 2.6 with the Sportline suspension package netted £6944, while a stunning 1971 230SL Pagoda sold for the strong sum of £62,590 and its 1962 190SL Roadster successor fetched £66,004. A 1983 R107 500SL sold for £17,070, while an SL fan preferring something more frugal bought the 1985 280SL for a very reasonable £10,242.

Americana was out in force, headlined by the 1980 Chevrolet El Camino modified by Gas Monkey Garage – boasting a modern 5.7-litre LS V8 and heavily-customised bodywork, it sold for £31,864. Other American lots included the 1959 GMC 370 Flatbed that looked the perfect classic car transporter for £26,500, 1974 Jeep CJ-5 that fetched £17,360, and even the 1967 Airstream Overlander caravan that sold for £19,346.

Plenty of summer-ready classics enjoyed success too, including the charming 1972 Fiat Gamine Vignale that sold for £11,949, awesome 1968 Meyers Manx Beach Buggy evocation that achieved £12,880, 1922 Studebaker Light Six Tourer that was sure to delight a pre-war car fan for £6160, while a 1973 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible managed a hefty sale price of £96,320 and a later 1987 Corniche II Convertible sold for £32,000.

Not that the Rolls-Royces were the only British favourites to sell – an extremely rare 1986 Austin Maestro 500L Countryman Campervan was ready to holiday in for £5690, a very smart 1997 Rover Mini Balmoral was snapped up for £11,095, the 1991 Jaguar XJ-S Le Mans sold for £12,320 and its more modern 2004 X350 XJR stablemate achieved £9104.

Another Jaguar fan paid £65,840 for the 1969 E-Type Series 2 2+2 FHC, while two Citroën 2CVs offered something for those with humbler tastes – a 1983 Charleston sold for £8064, while the red-and-white Special fetched £8400. A 1989 VW Golf GTI Mk1 Cabriolet looked the perfect slice of summer fun for £5600, while the 2009 Range Rover Holland & Holland could make the perfect luxurious family bus for £47,796. Just be wary of that supercharged 5.0-litre V8’s fuel bill…

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