An impressive 150 lots went under the hammer as WB & Sons’ hosted the latest of its regular sales at its Newcastle upon Type base on June 3.
The entry list was typically varied too, ranging from pre-war machinery to prestige modern classics. Most notable, however, was the performance of several hot hatches. A 1991 Peugeot 205 GTI in rare Sorrento Green managed to beat its £8000-£12,000 estimate to sell for an impressive £13,200, with a 1993 Vauxhall Nova GSI changing hands for £17,500 – a far cry from when Novas were a cheap boy racer favourite. Moving forward a decade, a sought-after Renault Clio 182 Trophy dating from 2005 beat its lower estimate to make £8800, and a modified 2003 Ford Focus RS went even better by sailing past its £14,000-£16,000 guide to sell for £19,350. Elsewhere, one of its forebears, a rare Mk2 Ford Escort Mexico, proved the enduring appeal of classic performance Blue Ovals by changing hands for £25,000.
It proved to be a good sale for traditional British classics too. The headliner was a 1968 Jaguar E-Type that sold for £75,250, but at the more affordable end of the scale, a 1959 Morris Oxford Traveller in exceptional condition impressed by making £13,400 against a top estimate of £12,000, while a 1966 Triumph 2000 in estate guise made a healthy £4000 against a predicted £2000-£3000. More modern examples included a couple of Jaguar XK8s that both found new homes above their guide prices, plus a 2005 MG TF Spark that proved to be a solid performer by selling above its £3500-£4500 estimate for £5250.
Among further impressive modern classic performances was an exceptionally original example of Toyota’s ST205-generation Celica GT-Four, which showed a mere 60,000 miles and comfortably sold above-estimate for £18,812. And there were some good performances amongst the German contingent too, with a stunning 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE making £21,500 and a very tidy 1984 BMW 320i selling at the top of its guide for £5912.
WB & Sons’ next sale takes place on July 15. To view the full catalogue as it builds, head to wbandsons.com.