190 of the finest classics to suit all tastes and pockets welcome you at Ascot Racecourse this coming Saturday, 26th September
It’s over six months since Historics opened the doors at Ascot Racecourse to its major Spring sale in March. As history new relates, that sale was just one week before the world changed immeasurably as a consequence of the coronavirus lockdown.
Having no alternative but to cancel its scheduled May sale, Historics was determined to hold its special tenth anniversary auction in July in front of the public if at all possible. In fact the perseverance of the hard-working team was amply rewarded as It was the most successful sale in Historics’ ten-year history at over £6 million, and returned a robust 80% sale rate.
In a wider sense that sale illustrated that a strong appetite remains for a traditional live public auction… and that’s certainly what Historics have in store again at its major Autumn sale back at Ascot Racecourse this coming Saturday, 26th September.
Visitors will find Historics’ customary wide selection of classics to suit all tastes and pockets, and the occasional more whimsical entry amongst the 190 entries – 34 offered at No Reserve - and all are encouraged to have a thoroughly good look at everything that’s on offer at this iconic venue - where all COVID-19 legislation will be strictly enforced* - on the three viewing days preceding the sale and on sale day itself.
It’s fitting in such a quintessentially British setting that one of the undoubted stars amongst the entry is the epitome of what made the UK car industry so full of brio – a glorious and meticulously-presented 1953 Austin-Healey 100 to ‘M’ specification. Wonderfully restored, it’s presented meticulously and ready for action.
The Jaguar marque is also superbly represented, with fine entries spanning five decades including an evocative 1962 Series 1 ‘flat floor’ E-Type Roadster, a 1974 V12 Series III equivalent with a rock-and-roll history and a 1963 example of the imposing Jaguar Mk. X, the ‘wheels’ favoured by the infamous Kray twins.
Historics is also delighted to bring to market a duo of early Porsche 911 3.0 Turbos of 1976 and 1977 vintage. Consigned from a private collection, these two USA-spec models are significant within the marque’s history, representing Porsche’s first forced induction road sports car, are unique in being badged "Turbo Carrera" and are presented complete with the evocative and authentic ‘Turbo’ side stripes.
And what better rendition is there of a classic turbocharged 911 than the stunning and super-rare 1987 Porsche DP935 that was made to order for a US customer by the famous DP Motorsports tuning company and on offer here.
For rarity appeal, the 1927 Bean 18/50 HP Super Sports Open Tourer is also a strong candidate. Nicknamed ‘the Bentley Eater’, this well-travelled pre-war tourer left the Dudley factory and was shipped in chassis form to Australia where it was fitted with the coachwork seen today. On the four believed to have been made, this wonderfully restored example is probably the only survivor.
However, giving the Bean a run for its money in pre-war bragging rights is a very fine and evocative 1926 Bentley 3-Litre Short Chassis Sport Tourer which most definitely ticks all the boxes.
There’s no shortage of Italian classics on sale and on the exotic front, there’s not one for two examples of the flowing Lamborghini Jalpa. One is a wonderfully-presented 1985 RHD car – one of just 35 made, whilst if you are ready to roll your sleeves up, there’s an enticing 1986 ‘barnfind’ Jalpa that will make a spectacular restoration project. And talking interesting sportscars, don’t miss the 1996 AC Ace Brooklands, one of only 46 made and very attractively estimated for a thrilling drive in the hands of a new owner.
Keep an eye out too for the magnificent expression of French chic by way of a 1959 Facel Vega HK500, a ubiquitous 1966 Citroen HY van ripe for restoration and fun, and a super rare and charming, genuine 1960 Renault Dauphine Gordini.
A vivacious 1957 Austin Metropolitan Convertible will delight as will a simply stunning 1967 Volkswagen Samba Split Screen T1 21 Window Camper. Fitted with a two-litre flat-four engine, upgraded suspension and brakes, power steering and great creature comforts, this rare early right-hand drive example is spot on for that staycation to come. Whilst on the camper trail, take a look at the 1981 Bedford CF 150 ‘Disco Bus’ specially commissioned and owned by singer/songwriter Will Young.
Historics has also lined-up an appetising selection of modern classics amongst the 190 entries, including the ex-Sir Stirling Moss Peugeot 205 GTi, and a rarely seen 1989 BMW Z1, whilst for pure thrill seekers few will square up against the brutal performance of the turbocharged, Cosworth-powered Lotus 7-esque Dax Rush.
For all entries and to register to bid, see www.historics.co.uk