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Little Classics News: 7 December 2014

Historics Ends Year with £2.28M Classic Car Sale

Triumph Herald Convertible

Historics at Brooklands pre-Christmas auction at the end of November drew 500+ bidders and enthusiasts, who joined in a vibrant, £2.28 million sale from 111 classic cars under the roof of Mercedes-Benz World.

Despite capping consignments the Historics team assembled an eclectic mix of fine classic cars across a wide range of 86 marques, spanning nine decades, with estimated values to suit all pockets. 81 in total found new owners.

The enthusiastic timbre of the day was set with the hammer concluding energised bidding on an immaculate Triumph Herald Convertible (top), resplendent in white coachwork and with a complete body-off restoration behind it. The multiple concours-winning car soared 75% above its mid-estimate to close at an all-in price of £14,000.

1965 1340cc Mini Cooper

The momentum continued with a rally-spec’d 1965 1340cc Mini Cooper (above) in classic green/white livery, with the ‘full-monte’ period Cibié rally lighting dominating out front, changing hands for a high-end price just shy of £20,000.

Minutes later, the sporting sister of the Ford Cortina – a superbly-presented 1965 Mk1 GT two-door (below) – rewarded its vendor, who had signed off a complete engine restoration just the day before, with a hammer price of £17,750.

1965 Ford Cortina Mk1 GT

The auction hall echoed to a hail of bids for a fascinating 1974 Ferrari 365 2+2 Coupe, re-bodied as an exact copy of an ultra-rare, right hand drive Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona Spider (below). With ultra-high prices now achieved for the original car, a full auction hall and on-line and absent bidding, it was little surprise to witness a successive flurry of bids raise the price well behind its top estimate of £48,000, finally settling at an all-in price of £88,000 for the car, before it was readied by the new vendor for shipment to the Middle East.

Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona Spider

An aura of appropriate tranquillity announced the sale of a supremely-elegant 1962 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur by H.J. Mulliner, which cruised serenely to £80,640, whilst the next lot, a right hand drive 1967 Mercedes-Benz 300SE (below) convertible maintained its classic composure all the way to a very robust £76,160.


1967 Mercedes-Benz 300SE convertible

Composure was again on the menu when a fine 1972 Rolls-Royce Corniche (below) came for sale. Generously donated to the auction by its vendor to raise funds for the Hospice in the Weald, with all revenue including Historics’ commissions benefitting the charity, the sale was heavily applauded when it settled after vigorous bidding, on £28,000.

1972 Rolls-Royce Corniche

Whilst Historics has long since been a good hunting ground for Jaguar E-Type enthusiasts, this sale produced a duo that took desirability to a new level. A 1975 Series III V-12 roadster not only stood out for its elegant blue coachwork and contrasting tan leather interior but also for the fact that it had yet to reach its 10,000 miles service in its 39 years since leaving the factory. Unsurprisingly, bidding was vigorous, closing at £72,000.

1970 Jaguar E-Type Series II roadster

Some aficionados however, kept their wallets intact awaited the arrival on the block of a 1970 E-Type Series II roadster (above). On paper this bright red, right hand drive example was stunning. In the flesh, it proved simply exceptional in every respect, outside, inside and even beneath, the underside having been polished to the same impeccable standards as elsewhere. The care lavished by its owner on this Series II was rewarded with a sale price of £128,800 including commissions.

The sheer muscle and driving promise of the 1968 Ford Mustang GT500 ’Eleanor’ recreation (below) was clear to see, the car based on a genuine 1968 390GT Mustang Fastback. On close inspection, the superb engineering nous and attention to detail by its coachbuilder-trained creator demonstrated showed why this was a very special car indeed. Bidders felt likewise, helping to lift the car to a raucous £75,000 sale.

1968 Ford Mustang GT500 Eleanor

Later in the sale, further American car consignments included an excellent example of the post-war US motoring boom in the imposing shape of a 1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe Convertible (£32,480) and a very original example of the USA’s favourite pony car, a 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible (£24,640).

Historics’ next auction, at Brooklands Museum, is on Saturday, 7th March, 2015 for which consignments are invited.


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