One year after the inaugural auction on its 100-acre Windsorview Lakes site near Datchet, Berks, Historics returns this coming Saturday, 17th July for its Grand Summer Sale, following three preceding viewing days.
Over 200 extremely varied classics are represented – making it the largest auction in Historics’ history - with a record 50+ marques represented over eight decades, plus a small selection of fine classic motorcycles and even two icons from the genre of classic boats.
Historics’ consignment team have really pulled the stops out to assemble a tremendously varied classic entry, from temptingly affordable to eminently collectable.
British sports cars continue to be a mainstay of the classic market and there’s plenty here to enjoy…. Alphabetically, it starts with AC, and what a fine start it is, with a superb 1960 AC Ace roadster flying the flag for this much-admired marque. This particular example has a wonderful history and is testimony to the craftsmanship of those who constructed it… some 30 years after its siblings.
An immensely significant 1953 Austin Healey 100/4, restored to concours standard down to the last nut and bolt, will set the hearts racing amongst Healey afficionados. An extremely early BN1, it is in fact the 15th oldest right-hand drive example held on the AH 100/4 Register, eligible for a host of classic motor sport events. Indeed, it was extensively raced in period at Goodwood and elsewhere in the 1950s.
Audi is a less familiar marque in the classic firmament but its illustrious history is marked here by a fine and immensely rare 1933 Audi UW Front ‘Prototype’ which has the distinction of being the first European car combining front-wheel drive with a six-cylinder engine. Wonderfully presented, it also has a great story to tell, having been owned by the vendor for the past 37 years. An interesting Audi counterpoint comes in the form of a fine 1989 Audi UR Quattro that features the desirable 10 valve Turbo MB engine.
Staying with the German offering, the BMW marque is reflected in a diverse selection, from a 1958 Isetta 600, through a brace of 1974 BMW 2002’s – one a tempting restoration project - and ditto a duo of BMW 635CSi’s in very contrasting condition, to the timeless appeal of a 1998 BMW 840Ci.
Mercedes-Benz classics continue to be enormously popular at Historics auctions and there is a veritable feast of models on sale here. No less than 41 have been consigned, including an imperious 1972 280 SE 3.5 Coupé to a fine selection of more modern classic Mercedes-Benz examples. Once again, those with an appetite for restoration won’t be disappointed, with a brace of 1964 230SL Pagoda models sure to attract plenty of attention. Joining them is an elegant 1963 220SE Cabriolet that is largely restored and will present a rewarding project for any restoration enthusiast.
Also high on the popularity stakes are classic Jaguars and a fine line-up here spans five decades and includes seven Jaguar Series I, II and III E-Types. A wonderful evocation of the Lightweight E- Type is also a major star, its classic 1967 Series I roadster stance being added to with a thoroughly professional, spirited and superbly presented mechanical and wide body upgrade in the style of the 1960’s lightweight racers.
A 1984 Open Monza GSE is a rarity and this particular example deserves special attention as a previous owner spend no less than £100,000 (documented in the extensive history file) on their presumed quest to create the world’s finest example of the model.
Take a close look at the beautifully restored 1980 Ford Escort RS2000 ‘Custom’ which has travelled little more than 6,200 miles since being completely re-assembled in 2007. Reflecting the popularity of more modern classics, this takes its place amongst a wide and fascinating selection of 80s, 90s and 2000s entries. Amongst these is a duo of feisty Ferrari Testarossas, given more than a run for their money on the thrill-a-minute stakes by a 1990 7-litre Bi-turbo Lister Jaguar XJS.
No Historics sale would be complete without something a little different….and look no further than a classically-produced, hand-crafted Shepherd’s Hut, a whimsical 2007 Piaggio Tricycle Tipper and a V8-powered classic with a major difference. It’s maker’s name is a clue – Riva – the Italian purveyor of wonderful motorboats.
This 1967 Riva Junior day boat is wonderfully presented – a true classic of the waves and worth a very close look. And to tow it, how about the super rare 1980 Toyota Landcruiser HJ45 ‘Troopy’. Together, they are just the thing for a coastal staycation before a trip to the French Riviera in due course…
Historics makes classic parking a pleasure…
Apart from displaying the magnificent entry, the picturesque 100-acre Windsorview Lakes venue is made full use of by providing a dedicated free parking area and a privilege entry fee for visitors attending in a classic vehicle.
“Aside from the serious business in the auction hall, we aim to make our auctions enjoyable social occasions”, said Historics’ Managing Director, Mark Perkins. “As we have plenty of space here, what better than to make those arriving in a classic feel a little bit special. And for everyone on sale day, we have ‘The Candy Girls ‘ adding their vintage harmonies to proceedings.”
The dedicated parking area within the venue is open to those in classic cars, vans and motorcycles of pre 1985 on auction day. They will be directed to the area on arrival and receive a 50% reduction in the cost of admission by catalogue.
For timings and full details of all 200+ fine entries and bidder registration, in hall, by phone and online, see www.historics.co.uk
Viewing is every day 9am to 5pm from Wednesday to Friday, 14th to 16th July inclusive, with the auction starting at 9.30am on Saturday 17th.