Historics brought down the curtain on its 2022 classic auctions with a return to its habitual winter home of Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands on November 26
A vibrant atmosphere and full-capacity hall set the scene for 166 extremely varied consignments to go under the hammer at Historics’ final classic sale of the year. Two of the most impressive performers showcased that variety, selling for identical sums. An extraordinary 27-litre tank-engined Meteor V12 Special that dominated the auction hall made light work of its £75,000-£95,000 guide to sell for £128,800, while the same figure secured the oldest classic in the sale – a hugely impressive 1913 Renault DQ, which more than doubled the mid-point of its £58,000- £68,000 estimate.
Fittingly in view of the venue, the Mercedes-Benz marque also performed strongly. Of the 39 entries spanning seven decades, 29 passed to new owners – almost a 75 per cent sale rate. This included a 1951 170S B Cabriolet used as a spy car in Berlin during the Cold War, a history that no doubt contributed to a sale price of £86,240. As for fellow Stuttgart brand Porsche, a pristine 1992 964 Turbo proved its appeal by selling for £132,000, while a 1990 944 Turbo performed strongly to make £31,000. The Porsche restomod culture seemingly remains buoyant too, with a 1978 911 SC/RS-inspired lightweight creation rebuilt by Steve Monk cresting its top estimate at £69,440.
Another brand to battle for the headlines was Jaguar, with top honours going to a stunning left-hand drive 1962 Series 1 E-Type roadster that cruised to a final figure of £132,160. However, much of the pre-sale interest was inevitably reserved for the 2009 Jaguar X-Type Estate first enjoyed by none other than HM Queen Elizabeth II, which sold to an enthusiastic new owner for £39,200.
The more affordable stakes presented a plethora of opportunities. Among the most notable was a 1967 Ford Cortina 1500, parked up in 1969 and now offered in original condition with just 6300 recorded miles, which sold for £15,680.
All told, a sturdy 66 per cent sale rate and a gross figure of over £3 million were a tribute to the quality of consignments and market resilience during taxing conditions. For the full list of results, see historics.co.uk