Historics Spring Sale is the place to be this Saturday Record entries, a record spread of marques and a wonderful line-up of varied classics points to a spectacular sale...
Today, just fourteen vast corporations control the majority of car brands on our roads. But turn back the pages to cars of yesteryear and a very different picture emerges, one that is on show in all its glory at Historics spring auction at Ascot Racecourse this Saturday, 7th March.
Now firmly established on Historics auction schedule, the world-famous venue provides a great backdrop to our latest sale of 190+ widely varying models spanning nearly a century, and accounting for no less than 51 different marques from the UK, Europe, the USA and beyond.
They reflect a wide spectrum of values, from extremely affordable to high-value exceptional collector cars, and everything in-between. This auction is a true reflection of the incredibly diverse, fascinating and vibrant classic car market.
Consignments offered without reserve are always popular and there are some amazingly enticing opportunities here…There are over 31 on offer, all of which are sure to sell, whatever the highest bid. The 1985 Peugeot 205GTi is certain to attract a bidding frenzy and ditto the 1995 Peugeot 306 Cabriolet which has just 70 recorded miles since new.
In terms of making a statement, nothing surely beats the early production righthand drive 2003 Hummer H2 that dramatically joins the throng of ‘no reserves’. It's a real alternative to British, European and Far Eastern SUVs, although Land Rover enthusiasts can’t fail to drool over the incredibly collectible, rare and desirable 2015 Land Rover Defender 110 Heritage, with just 42 recorded miles since new. An estimate of £38,000-£45,000 is sure to be attractive.
With summer on its way, sports cars are well-represented here and the line-up of marques is spectacular, with the Italian contingent deserving special note….
Immaculate is the only way to describe the condition of both the super rare 1969 Lamborghini Islero S - all the more distinguished as it is a film car driven by Roger Moore - and the achingly handsome 1970 Maserati Ghibli SS, one of just 12 righthand drive examples. From Fiat, there is the Ferrari engine 1971 Fiat Dino 2400 Coupé that surely gets the prize for the most sublime dashboard of the day. A fine selection Ferraris adds to the exotic picture.
But giving all of them a run for their money in terms of desirability and rarity appeal is the righthand drive manual 1960 Facel Vega HK 500, which more than upholds French honour in terms of style. And talking of French classics, marvel at the futuristic and iconic French style of the ultra-rare 1964 Panhard 24 CT Coupé. Estimated at just £12,000 - £15,000 it will reward its new owner with a wonderful set of wheels that very,very few will have ever seen, let alone experienced.
US classics are strongly represented too. Take a close look at the three 1970s icons – A Dodge Challenger, Plymouth ‘Cuda and Chevrolet Al Camino – all in superb condition and from a famous collector. They are well supported with a bevy of further fine USA classics.
Indeed, whilst on the USA trail, there’s a super rare 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Convertible in superb condition to seriously tempt you at a mouth-watering estimate of £16,000-£20,000. Unique for being fitted with a flat six, air-cooled, rear-mounted engine, this manual transmission soft top is a wonderful buy and a fascinating alternative to a Mustang…or even a VW Karmann Ghia in a similar genre.
Look out too for the feast of over 40 ‘modern classics’ – but from 1980 to 2005. This sector of the classic car market is growing strongly and there’s a great selection of marques, models and values to choose from here.
See the full details of all consignments here on the website and don't forget that pre-sale viewing is all day on both Thursday 5th and Friday 6th March, before the auction gets underway at 09.30 this Saturday 7th March