Posted on 8th October 2018

Historics at Brooklands, Saturday, September 22nd Bullish 70%+ sale result from 162 fine and varied consignments

A tumbling temperature and increasing showers during sale day didn’t deter a capacity auction hall from bidding freely at Historics’ latest auction on Saturday, September 22nd., with substantial pre-sale telephone and on-line international bidder registrations adding to the buoyant atmosphere. Together they contributed to a very bullish 70%+ sale result.

For this, its 36th auction since opening its doors in 2010, Historics’ consignment team used their experience to the full, delivering their customary broad and well-balanced selection of interesting and fine classics, with a total of 162 motor cars passing beneath the hammer in the seven-hour sale.

When home-time beckoned, Auction Director, Edward Bridger-Stille, commented: “Our team put in tremendous efforts to consign a first-class offering here and the 70% sale result speaks for itself. Despite the constant movement in values, and prevalent economic concerns, it’s a reflection of the buoyancy of the market when fine quality, sought-after cars are offered and priced correctly.  Yet again, I’m delighted to say it mirrors our consistent performance and high rate of sale.”

Marque by Marque, it was a great sale and it was a strong day for British classic sports cars, with 31 of the 37 offerings from Alvis, Austin-Healey, Jaguar, Lotus, MG and Triumph selling robustly.

Alvis: A trio of 1948, 1960 and 1961 Alvis models all pass serenely to new owners
AC: The original 1968 AC Cobra demonstrator constructed by RAM and since fully-restored, sells strongly for £31,920
Austin-Healey: Of the five models from 1955-1967, four pass to fresh owners, top billing going to a near flawless, fast-road example of a 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk. III BJ8 (Phase II) which soars to £70,000.
Bentley: A 2006 Bentley Azure with just 28,000 miles sells at top estimate for £90,000
Alpina: Ultra-rare rhd 1996 BMW Alpina B12 long wheelbase 174mph limousine rushes along to £22,640
BMW: A 1973 BMW 3.0CS turned ‘Batmobile’ CSL works race car recreation sells for a racy £67,500

Cadillac: By far the longest classic to grace the auction, the fabulous 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood, sweeps to £28,600
Chevrolet: A magnificent 60-year old 1958 Chevrolet Corvette C1 with hardtop, showing 36,000 miles, burbles along to an impressive £71,200
Ferrari: An exquisite, matching numbers 1958 Ferrari 250GT Pinin Farina Coupé Series 1 peaks at £425,600, whilst 40 years its junior, a 1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello, unmarked and as-new, with just 23,700 warranted miles, tops the ‘hundred ton’, selling for £100,800
Jaguar: 10 of 14 models from 1958 to 2002 move on to new owners, including a quartet of fine and varied E-Types, a 1969 Jaguar Series II Coupé (4.2 litre) proving every bit as desirable as its roadster stablemates as it exceeds its estimate, settling at £75,040.
Lada: The most unusual sale consignment – the 2004 World Touring Car Championship factory-entered Lada Granta of UK racing driver James Thompson, less engine and gearbox. It leaves the hall head-scratching and fails to find a buyer on the day and offers are now invited post-sale by Historics. A V8 and a hillclimb beckons?
Lancia: The second oldest car in the sale, the charming 1938 Lancia Aprilia, sells above estimate at £16,527
Mercedes-Benz: A total of 17 models were offered, spanning five decades, from 1956 to 2004. 13 sell, including the 1982 Mercedes-Benz 280TE Estate, first owned by Sir Barry Gibb and within his family for 20 years (£15,168)

MG: A clean sweep sale of all eight models on sale, including an utterly original and superbly-presented 1968 MG B Roadster with just 38,000 miles, sells over-estimate at £13,776…. And a matching numbers, immaculately restored 1958 MG A Coupe, delights its new owner at £26,880
Porsche: A super-rare, one owner, 1983 Porsche 939 by Rinspeed with a warranted 6,449 kms (an average of 113 miles a year) sells for £76,160 whilst an exquisitely cared for 1962 Porsche 356 B (T6) Coupe charms all the way to £69,440
Rolls-Royce: 1968 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Convertible by Mulliner Park Ward, first owned by Sir Michael Caine and ready for cosmetic attention, soars to twice its upper estimate after frenzied bidding, settling at £33,600, whilst a supremely elegant 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom celebrated its tenth birthday with a deserved £103,500

Full results are available to view at

Next Historics Auction

Entries are now invited for Historics’ major winter sale at Mercedes-Benz World, Brooklands on Saturday, November 24th.

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