Testimonials from vendors and buyers that have used Historics auctions and private treaty sales to buy or sell.
Having owned my Corvette for several years now I was looking at selling the car and recommended Historics by a friend. Having got in touch, Mathew then came to view the car and explain the process, he was very professional and complimentary about my car so we agreed some figures and I decided to give the process a go. I met with Tom the photographer who took some excellent photos and then delivered the car to Ascot to await the auction with some trepidation. I attended the auction, had a great day admiring the many vehicles and watching the process. The car didn’t achieve quite what I’d hoped but a deal was agreed in short order and the whole process was extremely easy and enjoyable. The downside of attending an auction is the many temptations on offer, and having spotted a rather fetching Ferrari which didn’t sell on the day, I kept in touch with Mathew and he helped arrange the purchase of the car after the event. I would thoroughly recommend the Historics team and have to say it was a pleasure to both buy and sell using the auction platform.
I just wanted to write briefly on my very positive experience selling my Ferrari 348 and Mercedes SL450 at your September auction. Although I gave notice to sell fairly late on a weekend close to the September auction deadline, Matthew Priddy organised everything with great efficiency. He was over to see the cars within a couple of days and apart from being a thoroughly nice chap, explained the process clearly . A few days later Emma was over to do photos on a Bank Holiday Monday on again very short notice. We were really in the hands of enthusiastic experts and were very impressed by Matthews eloquent write up and Emma's photographs in the auction catalogue. And in the end Matthew really delivered for us and we got good results in selling both cars. Although I shall really miss the Mercedes SL450 in particular, I thoroughly enjoyed the process from start to finish and the Royal Ascot setting is a perfect match with the Historics brand. The funds were received very promptly and I wouldn't hesitate to sell any of my collection with Historics and their team again.
“I have recently sold my late mother’s car through Historics. It was a ‘modern classic’ Mercedes with low mileage for its age and had been very well cared for. I believe that using Historics allowed me to realise the true value of the car much more effectively than a conventional trade or privately advertised sale would have done. The process was simple and straightforward and the team at Historics were very helpful and efficient. I would not hesitate to recommend using them.”
Historics, As "virgins" in the world of classic car auctions, thanks to Mathew and the team's professionalism for making it a painless experience!
Mathew thank you very much for completing sale of our car above at Ascot Racecourse. The whole of the transaction from start to finish was exceptional, You Star!! As well as being pleased with the sale price, was a really nice day out we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We know where to come if we want to dip into the market to purchase a Historic Car/Vehicle in the future.
This was the first time I had ever sold a car at auction and I cannot recommend Historics auctioneers enough, they were both very professional and helpful.
Can I thank Edward once again for his assistance in my eventual purchase of Lot 104 the 1962 Daimler DQ450 Majestic Major, and especially for effecting an introduction to the previous owner. Your ‘imput’ is very much appreciated. Your continued interest in your clients satisfaction is very much to be applauded, and thank you for that too.
All the very best and sincere regards,
I wanted to congratulate all on a superb sale at Ascot. The set up was brilliant, you could see all the effort put in to create a safe environment and great results, without doubt the best location and will put many other auction houses to shame. Alas I was not successful on the cars we were interested in, hopefully next time.
Thank you so much for your assistance and advice concerning the sale of the two vehicles that I consigned to the December 2020 sale. I want to place on record how pleased I am with not just the end result - both cars selling successfully- but also to confirm how impressed I was that every detail of your prediction of how they would perform was borne out. On top of that the efficiency and courtesy of all your colleagues made for a thoroughly impressive service from Historics.
I just wanted to thank you for the most professional way you have handled what was the successful sale of my car in the Ascot Sale on the 12th December. I have had horses win at Ascot before and your company in my opinion ranks a safe bet. From the first phone call expressing initial interest in selling my car Mathew Priddy was very professional and came to see the car same day. The guide price he gave me was very accurate and it achieved the top end of the guide at auction for which I was delighted. I would confidently recommend anyone wishing to sell their classic vehicle at auction to use Historics.
I am writing to express my thanks to Mathew Priddy and everyone involved with the auction at Ascot, it was my first experience of selling a car at auction and was very impressed with the whole process. My Vauxhall Cresta E sold for a record breaking price and would highly recommend using Historics and would not hesitate to use them again in the future.
This is just to quick note to thank you and all your colleagues for the outstanding event held last weekend. It was an absolutely tremendous event. And the level of service was simply first class, I’m looking forward to your next event in September.
I’m thrilled with the GT40, it’s an absolute riot to drive.
Please pass on my sincere thanks to all concerned.
I would personally like to say huge thank you to the Historics team, especially Mathew Priddy for his excellent advice and service, his kindness and support encouraged me to sell my car with Historics auction.
I would also like to thank the professional photographer, Peter Seabrook who photographed and filmed my car. A few years ago I bought a wonderful classic Mercedes-Benz from Historics and on 18th July 2020 I sold my classic Century Limousine, selling or buying a car with Historics is enjoyable.
We attended the Historics Classic Car Auction at Windsorview Lakes during the week of 12 July 2020. The venue suited perfectly. Cars spaced out nicely with the lovely backdrop of the lakes. Thankfully in the main, the rain held off. Everything was first rate from the people directing the parking, the welcome at the entrance and all the other people involved from Historics who were very amenable. The attention to detail with all the site C19 sanitation equipment, marquees, 'posh toilets' and the amenities provided was first rate. Also the extended viewing times; 09.00 - 21.00 allowed inspections throughout the week without too many people being in attendance at any one time. The logistics of all this just amazes me. Apart from what I have said earlier, just getting all those cars together in one place must have been horrendous let alone all the other facilities and computer stuff Historics had to sort out. We didn't purchase anything on this occasion but look forward to your September Classic Car Auction when hopefully we will be successful with a purchase. We felt exceptionally safe throughout our visit. Well done Historics in these very difficult and trying business and social times. See you all again soon.
First to say thank you so very much much for handling the sale of the car and what a great job you did.
I was so impressed by the care and service Mathew gave me throughout this process, I genuinely would not have achieved the outcome without your support and kindness to me and the result was great too. The circumstances were emotional but the day was so enjoyable and as you said to me, worthy of the great history we had with that special car:). You and all your team ran a fabulous event on Saturday and your negotiation skills with the purchaser allowed me to return home with a smile on my face. Please extend my warmest appreciation to everyone involved and please ensure that this thank you is extended to your boss.
I am sure he knows how fantastic you are but it is always nice to hear it!
My husband and I have just had the pleasure of dealing with Matthew on the selling of our car.
We would just like to say how amazing he was throughout the process - kind, informative, patient to name a few but too many good points to remember !!
He really is a huge asset to your company and we would have no hesitation, whatsover, in recommending both him and your company in the future.
I would personally like to say huge thank you to him for being so patient and kind with my husband who is suffering mental health problems after a bad car accident.
Thank you, so much, again Matthew !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'd just like to thank Historics for all your help with the sale of my Ferrari.
The whole process has been very professional and easy, especially for someone with no experience of auctions previously. I had my reservations about using an auction house to sell my car but I couldn't be happier with the service I received from yourself and your colleagues.
Before the auction my car had been for sale for about 6 months with no major interest, so I was very pleased that you were able to secure a sale well over my expected price. I would not hesitate to recommend Mathew and your company in the future.
It was always going to be a difficult decision selling my Maserati, but an impulse buy at a previous Historics’ auction meant that I had to make some room. Negotiator Matt talked me through the process, arranged for my car to be collected from Devon. The marketing of the car was so professional, it had a double page spread in the catalogue and on the day of the auction, it was parked right next to the star car which was around eight times the value of mine! All quite unexpected and far more than I could have hoped for. All in all, my buying and selling experience was fantastic, I just wish I had more money and more space so I could attend every auction.
I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful service you have provided in selling my car. Mathew Priddy has been fantastic from start to finish and helpfully guided me through the process. He has the seemingly rare quality of following through on all of his suggestions or promises. My car was much cherished and selling it became a much more pleasurable experience because of this. The whole team were great and I would not hesitate in selling another car through yourselves or recommending Historics to a friend or colleague.
'I felt it was the right time to let someone else have fun with my car after many years of memories. The whole process was as simple as getting the car clean and dropped off to the venue. I was really surprised at how easy the process was despite venturing many times down the conventional route of advertising in the usual places and dealing with the public. An email to Brooklands Historic, a prompt return email with an appraisal followed by a phone call and a quick visit to view the car at my convenience. Once we had set an estimate and a reserve, it was a signature on a single form followed by some stunning photos taken by their photographer.
I decided not to be greedy and realised that interest from multiple buyers could lead to quick, multiple bids, especially when buyers are there on the day to buy and keen not to miss out. Price too high and bidders who may bid against each other will bid on something else. We successfully achieved 10% above the top end of our estimate! As long as there is enough interest, you understand there is a market price and that Brooklands’ negotiators know their beans, your car will sell'
I was most impressed with the conduct of the process by Historics. From our first meeting, the photography by Adam, through to the conduct of the sale and the work of your excellent staff in attendance at Brooklands, I found the experience most satisfactory
I have watched the classic car market for many years and have attended many auctions. Historics is certainly the best I have seen in its chosen market segment. The high end of the market seems somewhat subdued presently and I hope that you continue to attract the very best and sensibly priced consignments to your sales
Thank you for your kind attention and I hope you will be able to convey my appreciation to your colleagues
Now that the sale of my beloved 993 Targa is complete, I would like to formally record my thanks to all the Historics team but in particular to Mathew Priddy. Having never previously attended a car auction, I was unaware of the process, but my initial request online for a valuation resulted in Mathew visiting and explaining in detail how it worked. I had been unsure how best to sell my car, but going down the auction route turned what I thought might be a stressful experience into a positive and enjoyable one. Mathew's professionalism in answering my questions and providing reassurance on the details was exemplary. I needed flexibility as I was away when the car needed to be delivered to Brooklands - this was no problem. Lastly Mathew's valuation was spot on and the set up at Brooklands helped create an environment where my reserve price was met, and our farewells to the car could take place in a memorable setting. Thanks should also go to Emma for her brilliant photography, which presented the car at its best, and also to Dominic for his impromptu offer of a ride to the station after we had dropped off the car! Last and not least, all the Historics team that we met were friendly, approachable and had time to talk to us as individuals and not as a lot number in a catalogue - all very impressive.
"I have attended various Classic Car Auctions and purchased several cars both on line and in person, I must say the Historics at Brooklands has proved itself to be one of the best. Pleasant and helpful people and an interesting venue made it a great occasion."
"A big pat on the back for a great and very professional first auction by the Historics team. As a Brooklands trust member I am delighted at the partnership formed between yourselves and the museum. Thank you for your warm welcome, help and advice"
"The Auctioneers, Historics at Brooklands, couldn't have been more helpful or professional, the punters in the jam packed marquee were charming and there was much hearty backslapping and congratulation when the hammer fell on my winning bid."
"I am currently in the UK on business and visited your auction on the weekend of the 10th march. I thought I would drop a quick note to let you know what a thoroughly enjoyable day I experienced. The Auction was professional, friendly and well organised"
"Thank you for the auction sat march 9th I could not believe the high quality of cars on the day, and the professional way that you and your team ran the operation."
"The last auction was buzzing. I have missed the last couple of events but I have to say the whole air of this event was a step above previous experiences. The thought given to the positioning of vehicle makes, the general event arena and of course that great weather gave the whole experience a great feel. I was only sorry it generated so much interest! I will have to be prepared to dig deeper into the piggy bank."
Historics provided an excellent service. It was my first time selling a car at auction and Mathew was very helpful from the outset and made the process straightforward. I had a last minute mechanical hitch with my car and they were both helpful and flexible about the delivery. Payment was made promptly after the auction. I would definitely recommend them.
Mathew I wanted to say thank you very much for all your help and friendly assistance in the auction and sale of my 1967 Ford Mustang - you did a really great job
We all really enjoyed the auction day, the best day out for a long time.
Also, many thanks to you and your colleagues for making all the necessary arrangements.
I bought my Series 111 E-type through Brooklands via internet connection, although a nerve racking experience at the time it could not have gone more smoother, the staff at Brooklands assisted me with storage while I waited for import approval and transit to the docks, my car is now in Australia and I am very happy with it. I thank the Mathew Priddy at Brooklands for all his help and would not hesitate to do it all over again should I desire another classic.
Mathew, Anne and I found the process of arranging our sale of our Morgan 4/4 through Historics to be most professional. From your visit to photograph the vehicle through to the ease of checking the car in at Brooklands everything was trouble free.
We were delighted with the hammer price which I know was due to your pre marketing and compilation of our documentation.
I just want to congratulate you on your recent auction at Mercedes-Benz World. I have been to a number of other car auctions, but this seemed highly professional. The cars were well-presented and documented, and your staff were knowledgeable and friendly, so everything inspired confidence to buy.
Unfortunately I was outbid on the car I wanted!
Following Roger Peirson’s initial viewing advice and recommendation that contact should be made with yourself at Historics at Brooklands regarding the sale of my late brothers XK150 Jaguar. As executors my brother David and I would like to thank you again for all your assistance, advice and guidance regarding the disposal of this car. You were aware of our concern and “duty of care” in ensuring that the maximum market price was achieved to satisfy the family involvement and differing views on how matters should be dealt with. We were delighted with the result which can no longer be questioned.!! We both thought that the Auctioneer Fabian Hine, did an excellent job in working the audience to reach the achieved price, he obviously had very strong feelings about achieving the true value of this lovely well maintained car.
This was the first occasion that David and I had attended a car auction which we thoroughly enjoyed, it was interesting wandering around looking at the huge range of cars being sold and speaking to some of the purchasers as we departed. Many thanks again for all your continued assistance the transportation, remedial works required and the eventual sale of the car.
The story starts when I decided to sell my beloved 1966 MK1 1275 Mini Cooper S. I had no real clue as to the value of my car so I took advantage of the Historics Free Valuation, I found on Google. Having presented a brief eMail I was contacted by Matthew Priddy, a very pleasant chap, and during a relaxed conversation he proposed letting Historics auction the car for me. I was completely wet behind the ears as far auctions go but thanks to Historics the process was totally painless – (apart from a few butterflies on auction day). Historics gained brilliant worldwide media coverage including, in my case, a feature in the Sunday Telegraph (Also on-line). Great advice was also given as to where to pitch the guide / reserve price. “a figure you would not necessarily be happy with but would begrudgingly accept” had the desired affect of attracting in a lot of early bids. The car achieved a fantastic price after some frenzied bidding and I believe now resides in France.
Thank you again Historics
For anyone thinking of sending a classic car to auction, it can be a daunting prospect. I chose to go with Historics at Brooklands, and have been delighted with the results. On four seperate occasions, they have sold my rather eccentric and unusual cars. My contact, Mathew Priddy has travelled many miles to my home, advised, valued, and taken studio quality photos resulting in good results. His enthusiasm, knowledge and professional attitude have made the process a pleasure-- Well done Mathew and team, I'll be seeing you in the future.
Hello John, Tom and Michael, I just wanted to drop you guys a note to say thank you for all the help you provided me with the sale of my DeLorean in the June 6 auction last weekend.
Historics at Brooklands is a world class auction house, from the very first phone call I made, right through to the actual sale day, everything was done professionally, according to your commitments and as per plan. Tom, you are great photographer, we enjoyed taking the photos at dusk and still laugh about the session today, your final published photos were stunning and were seen all around the world. Michael, you did a fantastic job with the communications, receiving global coverage in just about every car magazine in the world, staggering really. John, you were an absolute pleasure to deal with, the phone always answered especially after hours and nothing was too much. So guys, great job, I will be your biggest advocate, keep up the good work and maintain your passion.
Many thanks, Historics, for shepherding my Bristol through your classic car auction at Brooklands. After transporting the car to the auction site to completing the sale on the day I didn’t have to do a thing. Historics handled everything most professionally in a friendly manner – and best of all were always available instantly on the phone to give advice.
I have no hesitation in recommending Historics to anyone selling a classic car, whether it be a Morris Minor or a Ferrari
Just a quick note to say THANK YOU to Mathew Priddy and the Team for all the help and advice this year on my Bentley purchase in August and my record breaking results on the sale of my 1931 Ford Model A Deluxe Phaeton in November. From start to finish the professional team at Historics have made the hole process of buying and selling a great experience.
l would not hesitate to use your services again.
Best auction house event in the UK for cars.