Following a summer break, WB & Sons returned to auction action on September 9 with a bumper sale featuring a whopping 192 lots
Despite the fact the classic car market appears to be slightly sluggish at present, it was a good day for traditional British classics and motorsport-bred heroes at WB & Son’s latest sale.
A 1991 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth Rouse Sport 304R designed and tested by British touring car legend Andy Rouse was just one of the former to find a new home, but another car with a Cosworth connection was arguably even more notable – a 1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16. Purchased new by the Team Lotus Formula One team and possibly Aryton Senna’s regular steed, it sold at the top end of its guide for £23,980. And staying with Lotus, a 1998 Esprit V8 GT also did well, selling for £36,515.
Other motorsport themed cars to find new homes included a ‘Blobeye’ 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX that sold above its £7000 upper guide for £8448, plus a Renault Clio Williams 2 that also achieved the same sale price against the same estimate. Meanwhile, two ‘caged-up and Zetec-pwoered Mk1 Ford Escorts also found buyers, with a 1971 two-door making £23,980 and a 1970 four-door selling for £10 shy of £12,000.
As for the Brits, we’ll start small. A 1997 Rover Mini Cooper with Sports Pack beat its £10,000 upper estimate by £82, while a 1992 Cooper sold for £8448 against a £7000–8000 guide. Elsewhere a 1965 Wolseley 1500 also beat its estimate to make £5722, and a tidy 1983 Triumph Acclaim automatic looked to be a good starter classic at a mere £1853. Particularly impressive was a 1961 Mk2 Ford Consul Deluxe, which soared past its £10,000–14,000 guide to sell for £15,260.
Bigger engined Brits included a 1965 Vanden Plas Princess 4 Litre R that more than doubled its £3000 lower guide to sell for £6450, with a 1993 Jaguar XJS V12 looking good value at £5559 and an older XJ-S V12 Convertible from 1989 beating its £6000–8000 estimate to reach £9810. However, the car with the biggest motor of the lot was a 6.75-litre Bentley Arnage Red Label showing just 19,000 miles, which sold for £23,435.
With older German classics like a Mercedes 1977 SL350 and a 1970 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia finding homes for £14,988 and £16,895 respectively, this was a sale that featured plenty of variety. For the full list of results, see www.wbandsons.com