A full auction hall, 154 entries, record online sales, £3.4 million gross, 70% sale rate
Whether or not it was in anticipation of the festivities to come, there was no doubting the excitement in the full-to-bursting auction hall at Historics winter sale at Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands, Surrey on Saturday, 23rd November.
A total of 154 fine and varied classics passed across the rostrum during a sale full of energy, atmosphere and participation. At the conclusion, some six hours after the first Lot was hammered away, proof of enthusiastic spending by bidders in the hall, on the telephone and on-line came with Historics scoring a resounding sale rate of 70%, again underlining the auctioneer’s consistently high result.
Gross sale revenue was £3.4 million from the 107 consignments passing to new owners, with a record online performance at a shade under £1 million illustrating the growing significance of internet bidding.
Top-lining this sale in terms of value were significant collectible classics from the likes of Bentley, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce. Indeed, underlining the customary variety offered by Historics, a total of 43 marques were represented.
Top honour went to a stately, opulent and superbly-presented 1971 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman, which gracefully settled with a new owner at £240,000. Fittingly, here at Mercedes-Benz World Historics presented a wonderful array of 31 Mercedes-Benz models and, demonstrating their enduring popularity, at the close of the day, 70% had passed to new owners. Indeed one of the other undoubted stars of the sale was an exceptional example of a 1982 Mercedes-Benz 500SL Roadster that demolished its estimated value of £23,000-£27,000 to finish at £41,440.
Hot on the heels of the Pullman in terms of sale price was a magnificent 1926 Bentley 3-Litre Open Tourer that well and truly upheld pre-war honours, finishing at a shade under £221,000. Again, the Bentley marque proved popular, with seven of ten models selling, including the supremely elegant 2006 long wheelbase 2006 Bentley Arnage GL with just 39,000 miles, gliding over estimate to £42,560.
It proved to be a fine Browns Lane day too as a trio of magnificent Jaguar E-Types lit up the bidding, with a truly exceptional, concours lefthand drive 1996 Series I Roadster powering to £155,000. It was joined by a 1965 Series 1 Roadster closing well over top estimate at £127,000, and completing the trio later in the day was a 1967 E-Type Roadster that passed to a delighted new owner at £95,000.
Rolls-Royce honours could not have been better represented than by a glorious 1976 Phantom VI Limousine by Mulliner Park Ward that changed hands for £126,000, while a super-elegant 1937 Phantom III Sports Saloon by Barker attracted very significant attention before settling at £75,000. In fact it was a clean sweep of all five Rolls-Royce models in the sale, a sumptuous 1994 Silver Spur model setting an elegant tone for affordable classics at a shade under £13,000.
The prize for the most colourful entry on sale this day was the striking, bright orange ‘Mango’ 1969 Jensen Interceptor FF Mk.I, one of just 193 manufactured, whose quality, presence and rarity value took it to £72,000, and an exceptionally low mileage 1974 Mk III Convertible – travelling less than 28,500 since new 45 years ago, sold for a little under £63,000.
For rarity appeal, a Brooklands-built 2000 AC Cobra Mk IV CRS – one of only 37 – also emphatically ticked the box, with its ultra-low mileage since new of just 3,174 adding to its desirability as it was sold for near top estimate at £78,400.
There was enormous bidding clamour early on in the sale for a 1972 BMW 3.0CSi. The model rarely comes to auction and this one owner from new example, restored and found resting in a heated garage where it had remained still for the last decade, had the added temptation of being offered without reserve. Starting at a very modest price, some minutes of quick-fire bidding in the hall, on the telephone and online culminated with the car passing to its new owner at £48,160.
Full sale results can be viewed in detail here https://www.historics.co.uk/buying/auctions/2019-11-23/cars/
Historics is now inviting entries for its opener to the 2020 auction season at its customary spring sale at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday, 7th March