WB & Sons’ second sale of 2023 took place at its Newcastle upon Tyne base on March 11, with almost 150 lots going under the hammer. There was great variety among them too, with some strong performances from commercials and hot hatches in particular.

Beginning with the latter, the stand-out had to be a 1987 Ford Escort RS Turbo. Showing a mere 37,000 miles and looking to be very original throughout, it sold at the top end of its guide for £29,906. Others, meanwhile, included a rare 1984 Renault 5 Gordini Turbo with a full Turbo 2 wide-body kit that sold for £17,640, plus a 1998 Peugeot 106 GTI that achieved a mid-estimate result of £7350.

Similarly intriguing was a selection of ‘ordinary’ hatches that were once street furniture. A 1992 Vauxhall Nova Merit Plus was a prime example, with the 30,000-mile example selling for £4360, while a basic 1989 Austin Metro Surf looked cracking value as a starter classic at £2300. For those preferring more practicality, a 1995 Peugeot 405 diesel estate that showed just 20,000 miles sold for an impressive £6300.

As for the commercials, van and pick-up variants of the Morris Minor were both offered, making a robust figures of £13,000 and £15,500 respectively. Our favourite, though, was a yellow 1991 Maestro diesel van, still in its British Rail livery, which sold for £4952.

Elsewhere, contrasting left-hand drive Italians also found buyers. A 1967 Autobianchi Panaramica sold at the top end of its guide for £5722, while a lovely 1971 Lancia Fulvia 1300S Coupe did likewise at £11,990. With various traditional classics like an immaculate Triumph TR6, several late Rover Minis and various Jaguars also finding new homes, WB will doubtless have another busy period of comings and goings ahead of its next sale on April 22. To view the catalogue as it builds, head to the WB & Sons website at wbandsons.com.