WB & Sons’ latest classic car auction on October 29 proved to be another robust sale for the Newcastle firm, setting a new record in the process
People could be forgiven for keeping their wallets under lock and key in the current financial climate, but the right cars always tend to find new homes regardless. And with WB & Sons’ latest sale on October 29 featuring another superb line-up of desirable rarities, sporting heroes, traditional classics and one-offs, there were plenty of the right cars.
The star of the day really was something truly special. A 1959 Ford Consul restored to concours condition with obsessive attention to detail, it sailed past its lower estimate to sell for £32,150 – a figure we believe to be an auction record for the model. But it wasn’t the only Ford to wow attendees; we didn’t expect too much from a 1988 Sierra Sapphire powered by the pedestrian 2.3-litre diesel engine, but its low mileage and rarity were surely factors as it sold for a remarkable £8800. Adding slightly more power to proceedings was a 1983 Sierra XR4i showing a mere 28,000 miles, which beat its upper guide to make £17,640.
That was far from it for 1980s cars, though. A UK-supplied 1985 Mazda RX-7 that until recently had been displayed in a Mazda main dealer’s classic collection changed hands for £17,250, and a 1988 Vauxhall Nova GTE that had covered only 35,000 miles beat its £14,000-£16,000 guide to sell for £18,800. More modern hatches, on the other hand, included a 2007 Renault Clio 197 F1 limited edition, which commanded £11,500.
As for a completely different Renault, an extremely rare and unusual Juvaquatre Dauphinoise from 1957 sold close to its upper estimate for £5912, while a very early UK-supplied Fiat 500 ‘Topolino’ dating from 1937 made an impressive £11,990. In contrast to such simplicity, meanwhile, a 2009 X358-generation Jaguar XJ Executive diesel that had covered fewer than 10,000 miles sold for £16,125, and a 2003 Mercedes SL500 achieved well above its estimate at £9900.
With humbler lots like a Mk1 Vauxhall Astra 1300 and a Maestro City finding new homes, plus a host of three-figure bargain buys, this was a sale to appeal to a wide range of tastes and budgets. What’s more, there’s still one auction remaining for 2022, which takes place on December 10. To view the catalogue as it builds, see wbandsons.com.