With over 160 lots going under the hammer, WB & Sons’ July 15 sale proved to be one of its most eclectic yet
Words: Jeff Ruggles
WB & Sons’ latest sale was certainly varied. On the one hand, you had pre-war vehicles including a Morris Cowley and a Hillman Minx finding new homes, but on the other, a couple of Aston Martin Vantages did likewise. All told, the range of cars spanned some 84 years.
However, if any particular genre stood out, it was fast Fords. A 1993 Escort RS Cosworth project car that had originally been supplied by Ford as a demonstrator for regional police forces was perhaps the biggest surprise, beating its estimate to sell for £29,975 despite being a non-runner. That said, a Series 1 Escort RS Turbo wasn’t far behind as it beat its upper guide to sell for £25,615, and a 1987 Fiesta XR2 reckoned to be one of the very best remaining also impressed as it sold for £19,463.
Traditional Brits performed well too, with a couple of examples proving that good original cars will always find buyers regardless of market conditions and preferences. Indeed, a very smart Vauxhall Victor FC estate dating from 1966 sold for £13,352 against a £10,000-£12,000 guide, and a stunning 1964 Wolseley 1500 with a large history file also sold above its upper estimate for £11,990. In addition, a 1949 Rover P3 more than tripled its modest £1000-£2000 guide to sell for £6268. However, the highest figure of the lot was achieved by a beautiful 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud S3, which made £44,962.
Elsewhere, commercials to perform well included a 1964 Bedford CA that settled mid-guide at £11,990, plus a no-reserve Citroën 2CV van from 1977 that sold for £5450. There was also another European icon in the shape of a 1966 Volkswagen Beetle, which sailed past its £7000-£9000 estimate to reach £11,445.
With over 100 lots finding buyers and still some deals to be finalised as at the time of writing, this was another strong outing for the Newcastle upon Tyne firm. A slightly extended summer break means we’ve now got to wait until September 9 for its next sale – to see the catalogue as it builds, visit wbandsons.com