Historics blockbuster sale of 205 entries on Saturday 21st May caters for all
An emphatic illustration of the diversity that Historics offers classic car enthusiasts and collectors is reflected in a 200+ showcase entry of widely contrasting classic and collector cars on sale at its 21st May auction, next Saturday at Ascot Racecourse.
From highly affordable to immensely collectible and all in-between, and including over 50 entries offered without reserve, this sale entry has appeal across the widest breadth of the market.
Pride of place on the performance exotica stakes goes to an intoxicating and unmarked 210mph 2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale (Est: £295,000-£350,000) showing less than 3,800 miles from new, whilst the charm award surely goes to a one-owner 1971 Fiat Gamine Vignale, resplendent in its Noddy Car colours, estimated at £12,000-£17,000. The Speciale is one of six evocative classic Ferraris that include a further 2103 Ferrari 458 Italia and an ultra-rare, right-hand drive 2004 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti with just 24,000 miles.
Staying with the Italian genre and capturing the appeal of barn finds, a 1968 Fiat Dino Spider restoration project that’s been resting for the past 45 years deserves a close inspection. Similarly a partially completed ‘Le Mans’ wide body 1984 Lister Jaguar XJS Mk.III that was not fully finished due to the company creating it on behalf of Lister going into administration. And completing this fascinating trio of project cars is a 1968 Alvis TF21, thought to be the penultimate one built and stored for some 40 years. Like the Fiat Dino it is enticingly offered without reserve.
Classic Fords are well represented with 13 varied UK and USA models spanning four decades. Of note and again offered without reserve is an exceptionally rare restoration project 1979 Ford Cortina Mk IV 2.0 litre S, whilst also on the affordable stakes Historics is offering an uprated and much sought-after 1963 Ford Consul Capri whose sleek lines belie its approaching 60 years of age. Finally, the epitome of the classic ‘hot hatch’ comes in the shape of a 1983 Ford Fiesta XR2 Mk.I that’s featured in period film and TV productions and is offered at no reserve.
Amongst the 21 classic Jaguars on offer there’s an eye-watering selection of XK 120 and XK150, plus seven wonderful E-Types featuring two stunning Series 1 Roadsters, one a super rare 1961 flat floor ‘OBS’ Series I E-Type, No. 119 of the production run. A truly elegant 1951 Jaguar MK. V Drophead Coupé is far more than eye candy whilst a magnificent 1956 Jaguar C-Type ‘toolroom’ copy painstakingly built in 1996 pays homage to Jaguar’s illustrious motorsport history. Indeed, in the same genre is a curvaceous, one-owner 2013 Aston Martin DBR1 replica created by the renowned Andrew Soar of ASM in Norfolk.
The Mercedes-Benz marque is, as ever, exceptionally well represented, the 26 varied examples including two modern classics formerly owned by the Brunei Royal Family by way of a 1993 S600 Coupe, which has travelled just 613 miles since new nearly 30 years ago and a V12 SL600 of the same year showing just 2,461km. Other classic Mercedes-Benz include a further duo at no reserve formerly owned by the Saudi Arabian Royal Family. The newest M-B model on sale is in sharp contrast - a formidably rapid 2012 C63 AMG Black Edition – one of just 66 right-hand drive examples manufactured and all the rarer with its full aero and dynamic pack.
The tremendous appeal of the classic Porsche marque endures and high on the shopping list for collectors is sure to be an exceptional 1972 Porsche 911T. Presented in absolutely immaculate condition, is has been pampered to the tune of a £150,000 restoration by an official UK Porsche Centre, making it all the more attractive to collectors of the Stuttgart marque. Also, an exquisite example of the growing restomod culture comes in the form of a 1983 Porsche 911 3.0 ‘ST-inspired’ recreation by Riviera Autobody.
No Historics sale is complete without a complement of classic Rolls-Royces. Amongst the line-up of eight widely differing models from 1969 to 2005 there are two superbly-elegant Rolls Royce Phantom VI models of 1969 and 1973 vintage – the former previously the property of Harrods during Mr Mohamed Al-Fayed’s ownership and used for the transportation of visiting VIPs, dignitaries and royalty. it has covered just 10,260 miles from new. Wafting gracefully 30+ years on, a 2005 Rolls Royce Phantom VII in Diamond Black and a mere 25,400 miles on the odometer provides an excellent counterpoint.
Pre-war enthusiasts are well catered for, with an offer that includes a brace of Alvis models – a 1936 Alvis Crested Eagle and 1938 Alvis Speed 25 Drophead Coupe impeccably upholding British honours, whilst a charming and utterly stunning 1933 Morris 10/4 that's been in the same ownership for 46 years has been impeccably restored with no expense spared over almost the same duration.
Vintage collectors too will be enthused to see a superb trio of Edwardian classics from the turn of the century, including a 1907 Renault 20/30 Tourer and, one year its junior, a 1908 Renault Model VI 20/30 Landaulette. All are presented in magnificent order.
American classic enthusiasts will enjoy a wide selection of fine examples, including a trio of 1981, 1991 and 1995 Cadillacs. The last-mentioned – a 1995 Cadillac Fleetwood Limousine offered at no reserve - was supplied new to the Saudi Arabian royal family’s residence in Ascot and has covered just 2,290 miles since new 27 years ago. These Caddys contrast wonderfully with an elegant and pristine, RHD 1930 Chevrolet Sports Roadster believed to be the only one of its type in the UK.
Meanwhile, a 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - complete with hardtop - hits all the high notes for exhilaration and a ubiquitous 1967 Ford Mustang Notchback consigned from an enthusiast collector well reflects this iconic piece of ‘60’s Americana.
Arguably the most individualistic entry is a 1966 Pontiac GTO ‘Monkeemobile’. Created in New York by James Benken, a specialist East Coast film car custom shop, this rumbling eye-catcher has enormous and unique provenance as, on completion, it was shipped to the UK and used exclusively as the official 45th Anniversary UK tour car which turned out to be the finale for the hugely-famous 1960’s USA group, The Monkees. With the tour starting in Liverpool in May 2011, the car and famed ‘Monkeemania’ occupants became a regular sight on our roads. The bodywork bears signatures of the members of the group together with photographs of them and the car, which is UK-registered and ready to enjoy on the road.
Finally, a last-minute modern classic 4x4 showcase entry comes in the shape of an extremely rare 2010 Range Rover L332 Holland & Holland by Overfinch – one of only four such models - which tantalisingly is offered without reserve. It is magnificently appointed with a huge luxury specification and is a veritable powerhouse with over 500 bhp underfoot thanks to its supercharged 5.0 litre engine.
For full details of all 205 entries and to register to bid, in hall, by phone and online, see HERE
Three viewing days on 18th, 19th and 20th May precede the Ascot Racecourse sale, which starts at 9.30am on Saturday, 21st May.