More than 90 entries crossed the block at WB & Sons on April 30, with a great mix of established classics, performance models and intriguing rarities

Despite hosting its April 30 sale a mere five weeks after the previous auction, WB & Sons didn’t disappoint when it came to filling its auction catalogue

The sale offered further evidence that a dearth in the value of pre-war vehicles has been exaggerated. A 1929 Humber 9/28 was able to considerably top its £2000-£4000 guide price to achieve £6850, with a modified 1928 Ford Model A Roadster also impressing at £28,000.

Towards the other end of the scale, it was an exceptional day for sporty 1980s classics. A 1989 Mk1 Toyota MR2 showing just 37,000 miles sold above estimate at £10,450, with a very tidy Mk2 Ford Fiesta XR2 doing likewise by soaring past its £6000-£8000 guide to sell for £11,000. A 1988 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk2 in five-door guise was another to beat expectations at £4300, and

a late Opel Manta GTE from 1988 sold mid-estimate at £11,250. If those were a little too much for your pocket, then a very straight 1988 Saab 900i would surely have appealed at a mere £705.

Late-model Rover Minis have become something of a WB speciality, with a 1998 Cooper Sport in rare Amaranth selling for £13,168 and a Japanese-import BSCC edition with an automatic gearbox achieving £12,900. Classic Minis didn’t have it all to themselves though, as one of the first BMW-produced MINIs – a 2001 car wearing a coveted Y-reg – sold for £1612 despite needing some TLC.

Upping the prestige, a 1988 Mercedes 560 SEC in tidy condition easily beat its guide price to make £9675, while a Viano van converted into luxury transport for an unnamed VIP looked a rather nice way to travel at just £6390. In addition, a 2005 Aston Martin DB9 was exceptional value at £21,800, as was a 1993 BMW 325i with just 30,000 miles, which went for just under £5000.

With a strong conversion rate that also saw a Morris Minor with two front ends, a hot Caterham 7 and even a huge Plaxton trailer find new homes, WB & Sons is repeatedly turning on impressive performances as it begins its second year in the business. The next sale takes place on June 11 – to see the catalogue build, visit