We’re never surprised to see a wide range of great cars at WB & Sons and the March auction was no exception

Modern classic prestige was in high demand, with a 2000 Jaguar XKR Convertible presenting well despite its 153,000 miles and beating its £1500–2500 guide to sell for £4088. A 2003 Mercedes SL500 offered another V8-powered GT drop-top with the bonus of a folding hardtop roof for £5250, while a 2005 Porsche 997 911 Carrera S Cabriolet offered perhaps the perfect all-round sports car and sold mid-estimate for £16,350. Elsewhere, a tidy 1995 Mercedes R129 SL320 included its factory hardtop and sold mid-estimate for £5668, while a 2009 Jaguar X358 XJR also caught our eye. Supplied new to Japan and boasting just 37,000 miles on the odometer, it stood out for its rare Black Bison bodykit and went on to sell for £18,530 against a £10,000–12,000 estimate.

There were several ‘70s icons on offer too. A 1979 Reliant Scimitar GTE SE6a looked striking in its two-tone beige and brown colour scheme and matched its £6000 lower estimate, with a 1979 MG Midget 1500 that had been converted to chrome bumpers and included a rare hardtop roof selling for £6450 – more than double its upper estimate. Other MGs included a 1971 B GT that beat its guide at £8556, and a smart black MGA roadster that sold for £19,620.

The main headliner was a fast Ford, with a fully restored 1979 Escort RS2000 Custom using its fantastic finish and rarity to good effect as it sold for £48,000. Alongside, a 1989 Sierra Sapphire Cosworth made an impressive £27,522, and those after something newer might’ve liked a 2003 Focus ST170, which had 64,000 miles to its name and sold for £3488. Indeed, hot hatchbacks were in strong supply, with the 2000 Rover 200 BRM selling mid-estimate for £3542, a 1995 Renault Clio Williams 2 project fetching £3815 and a heavily modified 1990 Fiat Uno Turbo beating its £3000–5000 guide to sell for £5123.

With spring here, convertibles proved popular too, with a no-reserve Lexus SC430 from 2005 selling for £3542 and a 2008 MINI One Cabriolet beating its £1000–2000 guide to sell for £2943. For the full list of results, head to wbandsons.com