Historics’ major classic car auction at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday, 2nd March features an eye-watering array to suit all tastes and pockets.
Whilst car makers continue to get a bruising from falling new car registrations, the proportion of cars aged over 13 years continues to flourish, with over 5.5 million registered before 2004 currently cruising the roads of Britain (Source: DoT).
Whilst many may hang on to a car longer for practical or financial reasons, fuelling retro growth is also the bullish market for classic car ownership, and the latest major Historics auction again plays homage to the effervescent classic car scene at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday, 2nd March.
This is the third Historics sale at the famous Berkshire venue and it again promises to be a stunner, with 150+ fascinating, impeccable and very varied classic cars coming up for sale.
Exactly what constitutes a classic car is subject to interpretation in terms of vehicle age, and Historics is well-known for representing the widest span, regularly offering classics spanning nine decades from the dawn of motoring.
Indeed, a quick look at early consignments to Historics’ Ascot sale shows enormous diversity, echoing the old adage of ‘something for all’, and taking into the varying depth of one’s pocket.
One of the undoubted stars on the serenity stakes is a 60-year old 1959 Lancia Flaminia GT, styled by one of the iconic design houses of the day, Touring of Milan. Worthy of its ‘grand turismo’ title, this timeless melange of Italian engineering and hand-built aluminium coachbuilding is super-rare and offers great investment potential. In its day, this model was owned and flaunted by the rich and the famous and 60 years on, Historics’ offering would be thoroughly at home cruising the Côte d’Azur – a tempting prospect. Estimate: £95,000-£120,000.
Moving on thirty years to 1989, Historics offers another icon for sale, this time from Porsche, who that year re-introduced the Speedster, first seen in 1959 as a 356 variant. Resplendent in in its bright Guards Red coachwork and presented in the most magnificent condition, this 1989 Porsche 911/930 Speedster wide-body model has travelled little more than 14,000 miles since registered new in the UK, marking it a true collector’s car. Estimate: £145,000-£165,000.
Historics’ auctions are not entirely about high value exotics. The fascination of classic car ownerships spans all price categories, and offerings such as a 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Roadster is a great example…. Estimated at just £10,000-£12,000, it is the epitome of Mercedes’ grand touring convertibles with exceptionally brisk performance, and comes to sale with the added and rare bonus of a highly desirable panoramic hardtop.
Whilst DIY is no longer a feature of modern day car ownership, more often than not its endemic with the ownership experience of a classic car, whether rolling up the shirt sleeves to tinker beneath the bonnet or spending months and years on a restoration.
Falling into the latter category is a 1967 Jaguar 420 saloon. This model is a genuine ‘barn find’, the habitat in which it has been ‘resting’ for a decade. Ripe for a remedial treatment and loving care to restore it to its former glory, it is offered at no reserve,
And finally, illustrating the diversity and quirkiness of the classic market, Historics is bringing to sale an extraordinarily-detailed, one-off replica of the Tumbler Batmobile that starred in the Dark Knight trilogy of Batman films… Practicality isn’t a word that springs to mind here, but if you’re looking to stand out in the street, or fancy a wedding car with a difference, this could well be the answer! Estimate: £90,000-£120,000
Full auction details, registration to bid, and descriptions of the 150+ regularly-updated consignments coming to sale on March 2nd can be viewed on Historics website, www.historics.co.uk. The sale is preceded by two preview days, on February 28th and March 1s so there’s the opportunity to thoroughly examine the cars before the Saturday sale.