REVIEW:HISTORICS, BROOKLANDS MUSEUM, MAY 19.
The Historics team can rest assure this week that yet another of its sales went swimmingly with a high percentage of its cars finding new owners on its Royal Wedding date.
Despite the rest of the county’s interests laying elsewhere, classic car enthusiasts gathered at the Brooklands Museum to purchase some intriguing yet lovely examples. It was a good day for middle-market buys with some deals had; sellers of interesting rare models did the best though, with estimates being broken on a number of cars including two of the three Listers that were for sale.
It was the higher-priced cars that struggled to sell this time around with the beautiful Porsche 911 930 Turbo not gathering enough interest to tempt the current owner into selling it, as well as the £145,000 – £165,000 estimated Lister Storm.
While 996 911s have been attracting some attention of late due to its affordable prices, this newer 997 911 goes to show that it’s not just the 996 that’s a good buy. While this car featured high mileage at 84,900, it has a full main dealer history as well as an MoT until February 2019. It sold for £20,945, the middle of its estimate.
It’s not often you see a Citroen SM up for sale and this 1971 example is said to have been in beautiful condition. Its new owner managed to bag the Maserati V6-engined big Citroen for an under-estimate £34,000.
We wouldn’t usually get excited about a 2005 Smart Car Crossblade Roadster, but this one was arguably one of the more “interesting” lots. Interesting only in the sense that it looks bonkers and was once owned by former World Champion Boxer “Prince” Naseem Hamed, meaning its £13,000 to £18,000 estimate was completely blown out of the water as it went on to sell for £32,480.
One of three Listers up for sale was a 1993 Lister Jaguar XJ12. It sold for a whopping £64,960, that’s some £24k over its upper estimate. These limited run cars have attracted huge attention particularly of late as the Lister name is rejuvenated with the company launching its rejigged F-Type.
Another car to sell remarkably well was the 1996 Bentley Turbo R. Estimated to fetch between £16,000 and £18,000, it sold for an eventual £31,920.
We’ve selected some of our highlights below, but for a full breakdown of auction results, visit Historics or call 01753 639170. All prices stated include the buyer’s premium.
1965 Mercedes-Benz SE Convertible – With an estimate of between £39,000 and £48,000, this 1965 Mercedes-Benz SE Convertible surprised all when it climbed above the £50k mark before selling for £53,204.
1982 Mercedes-Benz 380 SL Roadster – With an MoT until February 2019 and a service book showing plenty of stamps, £15,282 was what it took to purchase this pretty 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380 SL Roadster.
1969 Morris Mini Cooper MkII – The original Morris Mini Cooper will forever hold interest with classic car fans and as a result, this 1969 MkII example sold for within its estimate at £9856.
1962 Porsche 356B Coupe – As far as Porsche’s go, the 356B is up there with one of the prettiest. Lightweight and nimble and featuring the beautiful rear-engined layout that epitomises Porsche, this 1962 version sold for a whopping £56,000.
1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 – When it comes to Jaguar E-Types, the Series III V12 variant is certainly one of the more affordable versions. This one sold for an over-estimate £47,040.
1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible – You won’t be missed in this one! This 1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible is finished in a rather lairy, but utterly beautiful, Waterfall Blue. It sold for £6k above its upper estimate at £46,412. Perfect for summer.
1959 Chevrolet Corvette C1 – When it comes to Corvettes, it appears that the earlier the example, the more money it fetches. This 1959 C1 example backed the theory up by selling for strong money at £78,400.
1990 Lister Jaguar XJS Coupe V12 – Litser’s reappearance in the car market has certainly sparked interest in its historic vehicles. As a result, this 1990 XJ2 V12 sold for £88,480.