WB & Sons opened its busy 2023 auction calendar with a strong and varied sale on January 28

The first of eight WB & Sons classic auctions in 2023 got underway at the firm’s Newcastle upon Tyne base on January 28, with over 100 entries going under the hammer. As usual there was plenty of variety among them, with everything from an Austin FX3 taxi to a Ferrari with celebrity provenance.

That Ferrari was a 1983 400i bought new by former Rolling Stones bassist, Bill Wyman, which managed to beat its £18,000–22,000 guide to sell for £28,600. It wasn’t the only Prancing Horse in the sale though, as its sale figure was comprehensively beaten by that of a very clean 1995 355 GTS, with an impressive £78,000 changing hands for the 40,000-mile example.

Meanwhile, it was a good sale for British classics. A couple of late classic Minis imported from Japan were stand-outs, with an Almond Green 1999 example selling above estimate for £12,650 and a 1995 Monte Carlo limited edition in the Japan-only shade of British Racing Green bought for £10,250 by a buyer in Malaysia. Perhaps a bigger star, however, was a fine example of the Mini’s bigger stablemate, in the form of a 1963 Morris 1100; the Fiesta Yellow example was guided at £4000–6000 but sold for £9675. And for those searching for something more rugged, there were several Land Rovers to choose from, notably a 1993 Defender 110 300TDi that easily beat its £4000–6000 estimate to make £9256.

Various Blue Ovals also found new homes. A late Ford Capri 2.8 Injection looked good value at £11,018 despite having a few rust bubbles, while a 2000 Puma showing just 44,000 miles sold for £2310 despite being the less desirable 1.4 version. In addition, an early Escort XR3 in special-order black went for £14,500, while £16,112 changed hands for a Mk4 RS Turbo.

Staying with hot hatches, the first lot of the day saw a red Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9 sell above its guide price for £9137, followed late in the sale by another 1.9 GTI with a very well-executed turbo conversion, which looked a real hoot for just £5170.

With other lots including sub-£1000 bargains, an 8000-mile Fiat Multipla, various Raleigh Choppers and a £35,500 Porsche 911 Targa, this was another intriguing sale in the north-east. For the full list of results, see wbandsons.com