The Mathewsons sale of March 23, 2019 saw a wide array of vehicles under the hammer, from a pair of Bedford TKs to a Rover P6 Estoura by Crayford and a pair of Ford Escort MKIVs. Attendance was especially strong, owing in no part to the presence of a film crew recording for a new UKTV History classic car series called Bangers and Cash. Bidding was however varied, with some lots attracting considerably more interest than others.
A 1951 Jowett Javelin with extensive history proved to be one of the star lots, unsurprisingly for an auction house in Jowett’s home county of Yorkshire. It exceeded its £5500 estimate vastly, when the hammer fell at £8815.
Nissan Figaros are usually popular and earn wide appeal for all types of enthusiasts, keeping values strong. A Lapis Grey 1991 car managed £4193, showing that as the cutesy little coupe enters its third decade, its classic status and prices are still recognised.
A strong showing of classic commercials included a rare anniversary edition Transit Flareside pickup, with toys including central locking and electric windows. While it had lost its original silver paint, interest was strong, and it sold for £1900.
Most interesting to collectors was a trio of unregistered MGs with delivery mileage. Each still presented in its original wax finish for delivery – and while they looked somewhat dirty, washing off the wax would reveal pristine paintwork underneath. Bidding unsurprisingly was strong – but £12,094 for an MGB GT LE with just 12 miles from new still seems like a bargain. Likewise a 112 mile MGB GT Jubilee at £11,288, and a 72 mile MG Midget for £10,750. Normally a 9000 mile MG Midget would be worthy of note, but in this sale it was something of a sideshow. That didn’t stop it achieving £7955.
To come next is the April auction at Mathewsons, scheduled for April 27, 2019, and bound to offer another round of special and collectable vehicles.
This superb example of the Jowett Javelin fetched £8815 for good reason. Presented beautifully, it has benefitted from an engine overhaul including new crankshaft and bearings, all adding to two folders worth of history, as well as various original associated Jowett booklets.
The MR-2 has been recognised as a sharp roadster since its introduction in 1999, and as it gains appreciation in modern classic circles, the best are pushing values up. This ready to roll example from 2000 sold just above estimate at £2580.
A rare opportunity to travel back to 1972 with this Triumph 2000 was bought for £5913. Maintained impressively and its history recorded comprehensively, this 61,500 mile example is ready for showing and driving alike.
Turbocharged versions of Saab’s distinctive 900 model always command good money, and this red over grey example was no exception, exceeding even the estimates and selling for £3548. Velour lined interiors rarely go so fast.
It’s difficult to put a price on the Impreza P1, especially this ex-press fleet car. Of course it did find one: £16,663. Provenance includes featuring in contemporary Top Gear episode and being number 007 of 100.
One of the three MGs with effectively delivery miles on them, before the pristine condition is revealed underneath the protective wax with decades of dust and dirt settled on top. This Midget sold for a mighty £10,750.
This 1974 Rover P6 was converted to its current estate form by FLM Panelcraft and Crayford, and was in ownership by the vendor since 1979. This 3500 manual specification car with only 90,000 miles sold for £8063.