Posted on 12th December 2018

A total of 137 varied classics spanning nine decades and 37 different marques came to sale at Historics on Saturday 24th November.

• Historics customary winter location was again Mercedes-Benz World, with two viewing days on Thursday and Friday, 22nd and 23rd November.

• With strong attendance in the hall and notably high registrations for on-line bidding, Historics returned a sturdy sale ratio of 62%

• The most-represented marque was, appropriately Mercedes-Benz, with 29 varying models offered.

• Of these, a total of 21 passed to new owners - a 72% sale - demonstrating the bullish nature of the classic Mercedes-Benz marque.

• This included a 1965 300SE Fintail offered at No Reserve which sold at £26,880, whilst the ex-James Hunt 1979 450 SEL settled at an upper estimate £27,000. A 1991 300GEL with one owner from new impressed over estimate at £20,440 and underlining its collector credentials, a 1959 190SL Roadster soared proud of its top estimate, passing to its new owner at £91,692.

• The award for the most striking auction car again went to Mercedes-Benz, the 2002 CLK 500 with a one-off hand-painted and airbrushed livery tribute to Lewis Hamilton by Paul Karlslake FRSA, settling at £20,160, and heading for a new home in the USA.

• And if prizes were awarded for flamboyance, the 1974 Lamborghini Espada Series III, with its burgundy leather and purple velvet interior, most surely took the prize. With just 26,000 miles, and magnificently presented, it had little trouble rushing to top estimate at £89,600.

• It was good day for classic Jaguars too, the star act being a wonderfully elegant 1953 XK120SE Roadster, painstakingly restored with a nod to the model's racing heritage and, sufficiently enticing to settle at a robust £89,600. A fine 1966 E-Type Series 1 Fixedhead Coupe followed suit, settling just shy of its top estimate at £72,800.

• High on the charm list amongst more affordable consignments were two pre-war Austins, a 1928 Austin 7 van - sporting its last tax disc that expired on 30th September 1928 - thoroughly deserving its stellar sale price of £21,840, some £9,000 in excess of its top estimate.

• Some hours later, an immensely attractive and rare 1930 Austin Seven Swallow followed suit as its soared to top estimate at £23,772.

• Porsche favourites included a super-rare 928 GTS with manual transmission – one of just 44 – that didn't disappoint, passing over estimate at £51,520, whilst hot on its heels for desirability was a matching numbers, 45,000 mile 1987 930 Turbo that settled at £95,200.

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