Emphasising the ever-increasing fondness and demand for modern classics, Historics March auction has a feast of 75 post-1980 cars entered. That’s over 40 per cent of the total consignment.

The cars range from once-common classics through to rare prestige models and exclusive exotica. There are entries to suit a wide range of budgets; at least 17 have no reserve, while at the other end of the scale, a 2008 Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate could sell for as much as £240,000.

In the office, our interest was piqued by several blue ovals. There’s an excellent example of a seldom-seen Mk3 Ford Capri 1.6L that remains true to its 1982 factory spec and shows just 35,000 miles, offered with no reserve. Upping the tempo is a very original 1984 Sierra XR4i with 57,000 miles at an estimated £9000-£12,000, with its smaller counterpart – a very early 1981 Escort XR3 – is also to be sold with no reserve. Perhaps even more remarkable is a 1990 Ford P100 Californian, a rare edition of the Sierra-based pick-up estimated at £14,000-£18,000. Despite its workhorse origins, it’s been dry-stored all its life and has covered a mere 1084 miles.

Historics March auction

It’s not the lowest mileage car though. That accolade belongs to an unregistered 1995 Peugeot 306 Cabriolet. It shows an astonishing 70 miles only and carries a guide price of £8000-£10,000 for what is effectively a brand new 306. It’s joined in the sale by what is surely one earliest right-hand-drive 205 GTIs built – a March 1985 1.6-litre model showing just 32,000 miles. A rare non-sunroof example, it’s offered with no reserve.

Mathew Priddy of Historics commented: “It’s a great opportunity for Historics to field such an array of modern classic and collector cars alongside our established entries. The marketplace is ever-changing and as younger generations move into the space – many of them performance enthusiasts – we naturally accommodate them with great pleasure. What’s more these are exciting motorcars appealing to a broad spectrum of buyers, young and old, and with varying budgets.”

Historics March auction

The sale takes place at Ascot Racecourse on March 7, with a total of 143 consigned as we went to press. For the full catalogue, see www.historics.co.uk.