Hot hatches ruled the roost at WB & Sons’ latest classic car auction on July 23, with a host of pocket rockets smashing through their estimates 

WB & Sons continues to build an alluring catalogue for each of its regular auctions, and its latest sale on July 23 was no exception. The entry list included everything from a pre-war Austin Seven to some choice emerging classics, but it was hot hatches that really grabbed the headlines.

The leading example was a 1991 Ford Fiesta RS Turbo showing just 47,000 miles, which was expected to command £10,000-£15,000 but sold for a staggering £24,725. That’s just £341 shy of the auction record for the model, and that was set by a car that had covered just 4000 miles, making it a truly remarkable result. Elsewhere, an immaculate Peugeot 106 GTI with just 15,553 miles sold above its estimate at £10,900, with a 1986 Peugeot 205 GTI 1.6 also selling above its guide price for £8600 and a 2003 Honda Civic Type R changing hands at the upper end of its pre-sale prediction for £5500.

Not quite so rapid but still intriguing was a 1988 Opel Corsa GT – mainland Europe’s equivalent of a Vauxhall Nova SR – that sold for £3575 despite needing some paintwork rectification. The moderns didn’t have it all their own way though, as a legendary hot hatch forerunner in the shape of a Mk1 Mini Cooper powered on to a sale price of £19,887.

Meanwhile, those looking for a slice of German prestige had plenty to choose from. Highlights included a 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250S that sold for £12,100 and a W123-generation 200T from 1983, which looked like an absolute bargain at £5912. In addition, a Porsche 944S could be had for just £3000 and a 2005 Cayman S also looked great value at £11,825, despite being right at the top end of its guide price. The stand-out, however, has to be a 1986 BMW M635CSI, which sold for £32,500.

There was also time for some British favourites to do well. A 1978 Vanden Plas 1500 in glorious Russet Brown changed hands for £3250, with the first lot of the day – a 1983 Triumph Acclaim in very tidy condition – selling for £2687. And for fans of commercials, a 1968 Austin 6cwt van achieved a sale price of £7525.

WB’s next sale takes place on September 11. To see the catalogue as it builds, head to