WB & Sons’ final sale of 2022 returns strong results from an eclectic catalogue of classics

Freezing conditions couldn’t prevent a sizeable crowd gathering in the auction hall for WB & Sons’ final sale of 2022 on December 10, with the dazzling line-up of classics being accompanied by some robust results come hammer time

Blue Ovals once again proved to be resilient against a challenging economic backdrop, headlined by a 1981 Ford Capri 3.0 S fitted with a genuine X-Pack body kit and a bored-out 3.1-litre Essex V6, which sold for an impressive £22,890. In addition, a 1983 Escort XR3i in silver went mid-estimate for £13,720, while a 1989 Bantam – essentially a South African-built pick-up based on a Mk4 Escort – sold for £6720. Moving back a generation, a 1970 Mk4 Zodiac resplendent in gold sold above its top estimate for £8447.

Another contemporary British classic to offer a touch of luxury was a 48,000-mile Vanden Plas 1300 Princess dating from 1970, which sold at the top end of its guide for £6440. Rather more utilitarian was what could well have been the best Series 3 Land Rover on the market, with the extensively restored example selling above its top estimate for £20,720. For those looking for something at the other end of the project spectrum, meanwhile, a 1969 Lotus Elan +2 in need of an engine and some paint rectification was snapped up for a bargain £5750.

Elsewhere, a rare 1997 Vauxhall Vectra Supertouring with the 2.5-litre V6 engine impressed by selling for £8800, while a pre-GM era Saab 900 T16S – one of only 256 produced with the two-door saloon body – sold for £6832. There were no fewer than 14 Mercedes in the sale too, with several finding new homes including a 1983 W123-generation 200 saloon that sold to our very own video man, Joe Miller, for a princely £5450. Moving over to France, meanwhile, a 1997 Peugeot 106 GTI commanded £8250, while a 2003 Quiksilver model offered the same looks but with cheaper insurance for £4360.

With other lots sold including a Jensen-Healey project for just £1456 and a relatively tidy 1997 Honda CRX Del Sol for a mere £672, there were also numerous bargains to be had. No doubt bidders will be hoping for more of the same when WB is back in action on January 28. See wbandsons.com for the catalogue as it builds.