Hobbs Parker’s first classic car action of 2022 took place on March 30-31, with a great mix of lots achieving great results
Working to the now-familiar timed online format, the sale offered a great mix of prestige and everyman entries spanning a wide range of eras and budgets, but it was the traditional British classics that really shone.
OK, we’re cheating a little with the first one, because the sale’s headliner was a replica of a great British classic – a Realm Engineering Jaguar C-Type copy to be more specific. Finished in Ecurie Ecosse racing colours, it looked the part and sold for an impressive £41,360. A little newer was a 1998 Jaguar XKR, which looked good value at £9680, as did a late entry 1994 XJS 4.0 Coupe that beat its estimate to sell for £4012. In addition, a 1989 XJS V12 project brought in £4325, with an example of its platform-sharing cousin – a 2001 Aston Martin DB7 V12 Vantage – making £10,450 despite its 125,000 miles and lack of MoT.
More modest in terms of brand profile but still attracting plenty of attention was a pre-war Austin Seven Box Saloon from 1934 that sold for £6050, while leaping forward a couple of decades was an Austin A40 Somerset that had been subject to a full body-off restoration and sold almost at the top of its guide for £6710. Staying in the family, a 1957 A35 restored with some modern features also performed well, surpassing its upper estimate to reach £5060.
Other British cars to find new homes included a pleasingly original 1963 Riley Elf at a tantalising £5060, plus a 1965 Riley 4/72 that changed hands for £3850. There was also a wide selection of Land Rovers in the sale including a very early Series 1, but it was a 1984 One Ten diesel showing just 19,000 miles that impressed most, selling above guide for £13,310.
Non-Brits to make an impact included a 1947 Ford Super De Luxe four-door sedan in fabulous condition, which despite having a seized engine, sold as a straightforward project for £9020. We also liked the looks of an 11,300-mile Volvo 340DL, which was offered with no reserve and made £2970. Staying with Swedish manufacturers, a 1998 Saab 9000 CSE Anniversary looked good value at £1320.
With a wide selection of bikes and memorabilia also in the mix, plus a host of alluring projects including a sub-£1000 Ford Cortina Mk3 estate and a 1956 MG Magnette for just £400, this was a sale that offered plenty of potential for keeping busy ahead of the summer. Talking of which, Hobbs Parker’s next classic car auction will take place in July – see the Hobbs Parker website for details.