The arrival of Spring was celebrated with gusto at Historics'classic car auctionat Brooklands Museum on Saturday 8th March, a warm sunny day providing a welcoming backdrop to the largest attendance to date, and an immensely buoyant £1.77m+ result - Historics' biggest Spring sale.Furthermore, of the 110 consigned motor cars, a record 79% found delighted new owners.
Blue skies above perhaps added momentum to the desire for soft-tops within the auction hall,with one of Historics' signature cars at this auction - anelegant and serene 1949 Talbot Lago 26 Record Cabriolet - cruisingmajestically to £120,960.
British sportscars were also much in favour. A big cat pride offive Jaguar E-Types sold very strongly, top price going to a pristine 1965 lefthand drive Series I at £91,840, with a very similar righthand driveequivalent of the same year in hot pursuit at £87,360. And an example of the E-Type's predecessor was not left from the party, a 1954 XK120 Drophead Coupé changing hands for a robust £67,200.
Further British sports car honour was shared elsewhere, a pristine 1964 MG B roadster cresting its top estimate to return £13,440, a 1954 Triumph TR2 performing similarly at £33,600, whilst in the fixed head coupé stakes, a 1966 Alvis TF21 soared 50% above estimate to close on the hammer at £30,240.
Staying with the soft-top success, the meticulous restoration of a lefthand drive 1962 Austin Healey 3000 Mk. II rewarded its vendor with a sale at a shade under £60,000, bidders perhaps spurred on by the change of hands a little earlier of a 1953 Healey 100/4 BN1, ripe for rebuilding, at £28,672.
A beautifully-authentic1968 Volvo Amazon attracted very significant interest, closing above estimate at £9,500, whilst 'amazonian' was an equally fitting description for a 1963 Cadillac Coupé. In fresh, striking lime green paintwork with cream interior, the 18' 6" leviathan came to auction at No Reserve. Having been featured on the 'Wheeler Dealer' restoration television programme, it again provided an entertainment highlight as spirited bidding in the hall, on-line and by telephone lifted the sale price from a realistic £600 opener to a heady £13,664.
With American classics frequently proving popular at Historics, the attention received by a more sedatebut very rare jet black righthand drive 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback was rewarded by a lofty sale price of £31,360, some 90% higher than top estimate.
At the other extreme in size terms,a wholly-original 1963 Austin Mini that has covered just 24,500 since new, made its way briskly to an above-estimate £10,304.
Historics' classic Mercedes-Benz offering has frequently provided a sale highlight and this sale was no exception. Of the 15 cars assembled spanning 37 years from 1967, 13 found new owners, top billing justifiably going to a faultless, sympathetically- restored 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SLPagoda, the sun still shining on its pristine black interior as it changed hands above estimate for £73,360.
Post-sale, Historics' Auction Director, Edward Bridger-Stille, commented: "After a very challenging start to the year in weather terms, I must complement our team for once again consigning an exceptionally fine and varied consignment list and one which was clearly on the button in terms of fulfilling demand. Spurred by fine weather, it has resulted in both a record attendance and percentage sale.
"Interestingly", he continued, "over 30% of our 110 consignments were soft-tops and I'm delighted that virtually all found new UK owners - Thankfully, our home-grown love affair for open-air motoring has not been dampened by recent conditions."
For full auction results, see Historics at Brooklands' website, www.historics.co.uk.
Consignments are now invited for the next major Historics' auction on Saturday, June 7th at Brooklands. The sale of 100+ classic motor carsand automobilia will also incorporateHistorics' majorannual classic motorcycle auction, with a similar volume of two-wheel consignments.
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