A Singer Gazelle soared to an astonishing price as two auction records were smashed during WB & Sons’ latest classic car sale on September 17

An entry list chock full of homologation specials, hot hatchbacks, hero models and traditional classics surely made WB & Sons September 17 sale its most alluring yet; but even so, we couldn’t help being shocked at some of the results achieved on a busy day in the north east.

One of the record breakers was perhaps to be expected: a 22,000-mile Toyota Celica ST185 GT-Four in rare and desirable Carlos Sainz spec soared past its £25,000 lower estimate to reach £30,100, beating the previous high of €28,500 set in Italy a few months ago. Less expected was a 1967 Singer Gazelle automatic, which was guided at £7000-£9000 but sold to a Scottish bidder for a whopping £27,950 and had three different bidders over the £20,000 mark.

Blue Ovals also starred, with a late Mk3 Capri 1.6 Laser repainted in Ford Deep Impact Blue and fitted with a 2.0-litre Pinto engine sailing past its £7000-£9000 prediction to make £17,737. A similarly coloured 2000 Racing Puma sold at the top end of its guide for £19,618, with a Series 1 Escort RS Turbo making £19,800. In addition, very tidy Mk1 and Mk2 Fiesta XR2s sold for £15,587 and £13,975 respectively, with a Mk3 Fiesta RS Turbo making £11,500 and a later Mk6 ST500 also doing well at £5375.

Further hot hatches included a Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9 at £8575, a 1984 Renault 5 Gordini Turbo at £15,560 and a very tidy 32,000-mile MG ZR from 2003 that, despite being the entry-level 105 model, sold above estimate for £4568. Most impressive, however, was an immaculate 15,000-mile Peugeot 106 GTI, which beat its £8000-£12,000 estimate to be sold to a buyer in Texas for £15,950.

Elsewhere, a desirable 2004 Honda Integra DC5 with just 49,000 miles sold for £15,260, with a wide selection of BMWs topped by a 1986 ‘E30’ 325i Sport that sold at the top end of its guide price for £29,000. More traditional classics, meanwhile, included several Minis, a Morris Minor, an MGB Jubilee and a couple of Mk1 Cortinas, plus an Austin 1300 Countryman that sold above guide for £6450.

Some of the highlights are shown here, but you can find the full list of results at wbandsons.com