A truly electric collection of 128 classics greeted the very significant numbers who attended the sale at Historics' winter venue, Mercedes-Benz World.
Robust bidding on early consignments netted new homes for the majority of affordable classics offered, including a Triumph trio of 1970's sports cars, with a Spitfire achieving £5,824, aTR6selling for a robust £8,736 and a 1978 Stag returning £12,656.
A beautifully-presented and original 1965 Daimler 250 V8 saloon moved swiftly beyond its top estimate to settle at £14,560 whilst an excellent example of the Bertone-bodied Alfa Romeo 1600 GT Junior sold at an impressive 30% above estimate, at £13,440.
Immediately following came the much talked-about and unique 1990 Bentley Mulsanne 'S' dubbed 'The Empire Car' following its exquisite airbrushed coachwork by contemporary artist Paul Karslake FRSA. That found a delighted new owner in return for £14,000whilst the potent and luxuriously-equipped 2003 Bentley Arnage T also out-performed its estimate at £29,120. At the other end of the size spectrum, a 1955 Messerschmitt KR200 three-wheeler, once used as awedding car, returned animpressive £16,800.
A1935 Austin Taxi 'Low Loader' picked up the biggest fare of its illustrious history as the private cab of London's first boutique hotel, Blakes, soaring to £28,000 thanks to its superb condition, originality and provenance.
The Jaguar E-Type, a strong seller at Historics' auctions in the past, continued to perform well, including a 1965 Series I Roadster in need of coachwork,changing hands for a brisk £38,000, whilst the hammer went down on a 1972 Series III 2+2 Coupé above estimate at £41,440,and the unique and exquisite ex-'Lofty' England E-Type Coupé of 1962 itself achievinga lofty return at £76,160.
After emerging from the hallway of the vendor's home after 28 years, there was much anticipation about the fortunes of Historics' oldest car consignment, the open top 1911 Vulcan 15.9hp. And it didn't disappoint, soaring 40% above top estimate at a breezy £45,920.
Of the 25 Mercedes-Benz models across six decades that were offered, just four failed to find a buyer, the remainder selling briskly, from a charming 1954 300b Adenaur (£28,560), to a 2010 350SL 'Night Edition' Convertible at £31,920 whilst a jet black 1960 190SL achieved a spirited £54,880.
Midway through the sale, a 1972 Porsche 911S amply illustrated the demand for a totally original example of this much sought after model,vigorous bidding lifting the price to 50% above top estimate, settling at £74,480.
The charming and beautifully-presented collection of 1920's French sporting cars - three Amilcars and two Sénéchals, and a Special, rewarded the sheer passion and skill of their collector, the late Trevor Pask, with a 100% sale. The 1924 Sénéchal TS2 sold for nearly 70% higher than estimated, eclipsed only in price terms by a superb polished aluminium-bodied 1927Amilcar CGSS Special Roadster at £51,250, which crested its top estimate by nearly 50%.
The crowded auction hall had barely the time to catch its breath before a superb 1941 BMW 327 - fitted early in its life with a BMW straight six 328 engine - came on offer. The serene black and cream roadster with tan leather rapidly found a new owner at £118,270.
And honour amongst classic British sports cars was upheld by a delightful 1966 Aston Martin DB6Mk.I in silver birch livery and red leather interior, which soared to £170,240.
American muscle car success was also clear, headed by an imposing 1968 Pontiac Firebird 350 which powered to £26,880, and a Dodge Charger RT 440 RT of the same year; which rumbled impressively to £19,880.
Full results are available on the Historics' website, www.historics.co.uk.
Consignments are now being invited for Historics' next major sale at Brooklands Museum on March 8, 2014. See the website or call 01753 639170 and e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.