Historics’ returns £2.64 million and a 71% sale rate at its sizzling summer sale on July 16th
The heat of the market took on a new complexion at Historics’ major summer sale at Windsorview Lakes on Saturday, 16th July, the untypically British weather providing something akin to a garden party atmosphere at the auctioneer’s familiar lakeside setting, enjoyed by over 1,000 attending the viewing days and the auction itself.
By the end of the day that saw 176 lots pass across the auction block, Historics’ sale result showed market resilience against a challenging economic backdrop.
Closing on £2.64 million gross, a robust 71% of lots passed to new owners, with strong bidding in hall, by phone and online throughout the day – including international bidders from 12 countries - with the majority of lots selling within or above estimate.
Historics’ typically eclectic entry spanned nine decades, from a magnificent 1925 Ford Model-T Fire Truck that sold from no reserve for a feisty £20,160, to a varied selection of modern classics that continue to sustain significant interest at Historics’ sales. The highlight was a Ford 85 years the Model-T’s junior in the shape of a vivid green, one-owner 2010 Ford Focus RS with just 2,621 miles on the clock and immaculate in all respects. Showing its true collector car status, it soared well above top estimate to £52,000. Carrying the famous blue oval with pride was also a 1974 Ford Capri Mk.11 3-litre Ghia that settled just shy of £32,000.
Similarly collectible, and waving the flag vigorously for British sportcars of the 60s, was a truly magnificent, concours quality, powder blue Triumph TR4A IRS that passed to a new owner for £46,332. A 1980 Triumph TR8 Convertible, a factory development car, didn’t disappoint either, rushing to a sale price of £27,440.
An excellent example of elegant post-war sports touring came in the guise of a 1947 Jaguar Mk.IV saloon, its flowing lines and magnificent chromework helping it to shine at £22,400.
A charming 1969 Alfa Romeo GT Junior ‘Alfaholics Stepnose’, sporting significant mechanical upgrades and fully retrimmed interior attracted a lot of interest, settling on £46,000, whilst staying with Italian sporting classics, an effervescent 1973 Alfa Romeo Montreal, resplendent in its orange coachwork, sped to £72,800, but was beaten on the sale price stakes by a very original, right-hand drive 1974 Lamborghini Espada at £77,500.
A tantalising low mileage, RHD 1990 Alpine GTA V6 Turbo Le Mans limited edition requiring recommissioning unsurprisingly crested its estimate at £22,640 whilst somewhat less exotic, a fine 1986 Trabant P601 Kombi Estate also proved a hit at nigh on £4,000. The very varied collection of more affordable classics also included a magnificent time warp example of a 1970 Austin 1100 which was worth every penny of its sale price just north of £10,000.
USA classic honours were upheld by a dramatic supercharged and super-rare 1957 Packard Clipper that rumbled to a sale price in excess of £11,000, whilst pride of the limousine category was most surely an impeccable, matching numbers 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Cabriolet presented in stunning condition, that wafted graciously to £156,800. Meanwhile Bentley honours were upheld with six of eight fine examples dating from 2003 selling strongly whilst 19 of the 27 Mercedes-Benz classics also passed to new owners.
Vigorous bidding battles endured throughout the day but perhaps the most notable, not least for the outcome, was for the 1970 Volkswagen Beach Buggy. It attracted the attention of two bidders one row apart in the busy auction hall, their two-way battle seeing the bidding rise from the buggy’s modest £18,000-£22,00 estimate to finish at an astonishing £47,000. Also championing the fun-in-the-sun category, a 1989 Mini Moke sold solidly at nearly £20,000.
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ENTRIES ARE INVITED
Historics is now welcoming entries to its next sale, at Bicester Heritage, Oxfordshire on Saturday 24th September. Call to consign on 01793 639170 or email email@example.com