Historics closed its 2023 season with a buoyant winter auction at Mercedes-Benz World on November 25, grossing over £4.8 million in sales

Historics achieved a 67 per cent sale rate in its latest sale – robust figures so close to Christmas. The 164-strong auction entry, brim-full of variety, attracted a full auction hall accompanied by international online and phone bidders, making for an energetic eight-hour sale.

Fittingly given the location, the star of the day was undoubtedly an exquisitely presented 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster. Resplendent in its ‘Fantasy Yellow’ coachwork, it sold for a whopping £860,000. In addition, a multiple show-winning 1955 190 SL returned £104,160, and an exceptional 1962 190 SL that had been subject to an £85,000 restoration sold for £101,920.

Waving the flag for modern Mercedes classics, meanwhile, was an as-new 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG. Showing just 646 miles on the odometer, it changed hands for £66,080. Also notable was a 2006 G500 Cabriolet that made an impressive £118,720.

From the same era came a 2007 Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate Edition, its excellent presentation and rarity appeal rewarding its vendor with a sale price of £141,120. This was joined by a 1985 Porsche 930 Turbo that settled on £108,110, while another big hitter was a bespoke 1977 Alfa Romeo Spider R. Created by renowned specialist Alfaholics, it made a remarkable £136,560.

Waving the flag vigorously for the impressive value of modern classic icons, an exemplary 1991 Lotus Vauxhall Carlton sold for a thumping £111,524, thought to be a record price for the model. In contrast, a 1959 Vauxhall Cresta PA, in most recent ownership for 26 years, changed hands for a more modest but still remarkable £28,280.

Japanese classics also made an imposing presence, with a rare, right-hand drive 1974 Datsun 260Z achieving a sale price of £53,480. A 2001 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI ‘Tommi Makinen’ Edition – chassis No 029 – returned £40,968, while an example of rally-inspired Subaru rival – a 2000 Subaru Impreza P1 – passed to its new custodian for an equally impressive £45,360.

Staying with performance icons, a 550bhp 1987 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth that had benefitted from some £80,000 being spent on it over a 20-year period found a new enthusiast owner at £51,520, while a 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback, plucked from a collection and finished in Highland Green as a tribute to the iconic ‘Bullet’ film car, changed hands for a shade under £60,000. For the full list of results visit historics.co.uk