Historics’ open-to-public May sale suits all tastes and pockets
Despite hosting a decade of major sales, during which some 9,000 immensely varied classics have passed across Historics’ auction block, we never cease to be impressed at the extraordinary enthusiasm, camaraderie and resilience of the classic car market.
Our most recent sale on Sunday 18th April was a case in point. Due first to the pandemic and subsequently respecting HRH Prince Philip’s funeral, we rescheduled the sale twice from the original March date.
Consequently we were honoured to finally welcome over 1,300 people during the three viewing days, whilst on sale day the auction hall - limited to 500 for health and safety reasons due to the pandemic - was full to bursting from before the auction started.
The fact that we returned a stunning 90% rate of sale at that auction – just 17 entries unsold of the 170 that passed across the rostrum – is a real tribute not only to the hard work by the Historics team but also to all our loyal followers. On a more global perspective, it’s clear too from the sale result that the market remains extremely bullish.
As our regular followers will know, we are passionate advocates of open-to-public sales and we are delighted to return to Ascot Racecourse on Saturday, May 15th to provide more of the same!
The team have worked wonders in a shortened period to muster a hugely desirable £7.5m consignment of very varied entries, spanning more than a century and 48 different marques, from highly affordable to immensely collectible, and everything inbetween.
Temptingly, 38 classics come to sale without reserve. All are sure to create strong bidding, none more so than the exotic, right hand drive 1998 Ferrari 456M GTA which has been maintained regardless of cost and comes to sale with a comprehensive service record. Take a close look too at the 1998 Jaguar XJS Convertible with just 16,404 miles to its name and many years cocooned in storage. Presented in stunning order, it is sure to attract very significant attention.
British sports and touring classics feature strongly in the entry list and it’s a pleasure to offer the 1949 Bristol 400 Coupé that some years back was taken from storage where it had rested for forty years. A serene 1961 ‘flat floor’ E-Type Series I Roadster is a headline amongst a mighty 20 strong Jaguar offering and vying for top attention must also be the No.1 production 1986 Jaguar XJS by Lister, which served life initially as the factory press car.
USA classic car fans won’t be disappointed at this May sale offering, including a wonderfully evocative and rare 1950 Chrysler Newport Town & Country in genuinely outstanding condition. And a statuesque, seven seat 1928 Lincoln Model L Tourer by Locke represents pre-war American car making at its finest.
At the other end of the age spectrum, a newly imported mid-engined 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 with delivery mileage only and extremely rare to these shores is a true head turner.
Besides a fine selection of Ferrari and Maserati entries - including a unique, one-off, specially coachbuilt 2016 Maserati Quattroporte Shooting Brake that took 1,500 hours to build, Italian sporting classics include two mouth-watering restoration opportunities – a stylish 1967 Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto and super elegant 1960 Giulietta Sprint Speciale by Bertone.
Staying with Italian classics, we are honoured to bring to sale an immensely rare, road-registered classic racing car - a 1951 Bandini 1100 Sport - whist echoing the racing theme, a 1974 Alpine Renault A110 1600S; again road-registered, which competed successfully in the 1975 Targa Florio, is primed for further fun at the wheel. Ditto a replica of a 1956 Maserati 450S – the famed endurance racing car driven by the likes of Fangio and Moss.
An enormously impressive 28-strong collection of Mercedes-Benz classics, always a firm favourite at our auctions, has tremendous breadth and depth, and one undoubted star of the marque here is a very fine example of the ultra-luxury, long-wheelbase 1971 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman, of which just 304 were made. Dubbed the ‘Super Mercedes’, sumptuous luxury are the bywords here, and this example is truly magnificent. Meanwhile, from the Rolls-Royce stable, a 1970 Silver Shadow 1 Coupé first owned and enjoyed for 15 years by Richard Attenborough brings a wonderful sense of decorum and stardust to the entry.
Aston Martin honours are well and truly upheld with a delightful selection including a 1960 DB4 Series II and, more than 50 years its junior, a sensational 2012 Aston Martin Zagato V12 prototype, its elegant lines reflecting the renown of the Italian styling house. Just one of two, this modern classic is exquisite and enormously collectible.
Finally, the prize for the most unusual entry at the May sale surely goes to the Formula 1 Simulator from Thrustmaster, the video gaming accessories company. Based on a Ferrari F1 car, it features three large formal screens atop the lifelike cockpit and once seated at the steering wheel with its labyrinth of switches and dials, press the accelerator and you’re instantly in the world of F1… Every sitting room should have one.