With a record 161 classic motor car consignments spanning 50 marques and 91 years, Historics at Brooklands opens its auction doors on Saturday, August 30th to the largest, most varied and evocative offering in its history.
Classic car auction specialist Historics at Brooklands strives to appeal to the broadest community of enthusiasts, and its late summer sale on Saturday, August 30th at Brooklands Museum, Surrey is a thrilling mix of fine motor cars and more besides, appealing to all tastes and suited to all pockets.
At the higher echelons of classic car culture, iconic Italian exotica is led by a rare, two-owner since new 1969 De Tomaso Mangusta (£210,000-£240,000) whose timeless Giugiaro design is a true highlight of automotive styling.
For looks, performance and investment potential, the Mangusta is very capably supported at this sale by Pininfarina’s evocative 1972 Ferrari Dino 246GT (£190,000-£220,000), presented in magnificent condition and appealingly, in right-hand drive.
Pininfarina also exercised his design skills on the 2+2 Ferrari 330GT, a resplendent 1966 Series II example of which comes to sale at Historics, again in right-hand drive and with little more than 43,000 miles under its belt (£160,000-£180,000).
The performance theme is also magnificently reflected through a brace of Italian sports cars with vibrant competition pedigrees. The superb example of the 1953 OSCA MT4 sports racing car on offer (£150,000-£175,000) competed on the Mille Miglia that year and after six decades of fascinating racing history, remains familiar in the UK and Europe.
Its superb competition pedigree is replicated by that of a delightful road-registered 1955 Lancia Aurelia B20GT Competition (£150,000-£180,000), with a successful outing on the Monte Carlo Rally in its impressive credentials, and freshly returned from the 2014 Mille Miglia.
Remaining with the sportscar theme, Historics has also consigned to this auction a £500,000+ collection of eight classic Porsche 356 and 911 models, all in immensely fine order.
A matching-numbers right-hand drive 1962 Porsche 356B Cabriolet (£90,000-£98,000) owned at one time by a member of the Porsche family is most certainly a headline car, maintained regardless of cost and extremely rare, with only some 200 RHD Cabriolets built throughout the model’s run.
Ten years its junior, a superbly-restored 1952 Porsche 356 Pre A Coupé is equally significant and sought-after at £105,000-£115,000, whilst a cardre of four impeccable 911s from 1972-1974 vintage is also certain to excite air-cooled enthusiasts, led by an immaculate, rare RHD 1972 2.4 litre 911S Coupé (£100,000-£110,000), which has been indulged with a total bare bodyshell rebuild, including the engine. And an outstanding 1981 Porsche 930 Turbo (£40,000-£48,000) is an excellent example of this much sought-after collector car.
Mercedes-Benz has always proved a favourite marque at Historics’ auctions and this sale most certainly doesn’t disappoint. No less than 24 models come under the Historics hammer on August 30th, ranging from an interesting no reserve 2008 G55 AMG Kompressor in excellent condition throughout, to a scrupulously-maintained 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SL Pagoda (£55,000-£65,000). Its quality is hard to match after a five year nut and bolt restoration by its fastidious owner.
With summer not yet done a rare, one-owner 1995 Alfa Romeo RZ (Roadster Zagato) is expected to attract strong interest at £28,000-£32,000, not least as its only one of 284 ever produced. And for those looking to emulate scenes from The Italian Job, Historics can oblige with a 1972 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super, the model used by the Naples police in the film, offered at a very affordable £5,000-£7,000. On the same theme, Historics also offers a pristine 1969 Mini Cooper S Mk II (£20,000-£24,000) for another ‘Jobber’ to play with. Resting in a museum for some years prior to coming to sale, it is a wonderfully-presented example with FIA papers and is eligible for historic motorsport.
On the motorsport front, pride of place for track presence has to be the 1917 American La France Type 12 Two-Seat Tourer (£48,000-£58,000). ‘Conservative’ never entered the vocabulary of its makers, a fire engine company, and this dramatic machine – popular on endurance rallies such as Peking-Paris – sports a colossal, straight-six 14,500cc engine, with a three speed gearbox and chain drive to the rear wheels. Driver and passenger sit immediately in front of a forty gallon drum fuel tank, giving this behemoth an excellent – and invigorating – 400 mile range.
Those looking for a more nimble ride may prefer the hard-topped 1964 MGB Roadster Competition (£20,000-£26,000) which, courtesy of its vendor, has left a significant on-track imprint over the last twenty years in the UK and across Europe.
Classic ownership can be about extreme individuality and in this respect, Historics never disappoints. Pride of place at this auction goes to a magnificent 1950 Bedford OB bus (£70,000-£90,000) which, thanks to the enterprising owner and 3,000 man hours, is presented as a charming blend of classic style and modern-day practicality. Its credentials as a luxury motorhome are without peer, as are its abilities as a perfect towing vehicle for motorsport competitors, equipped as it is with full towing equipment and electrics.
Under the elegant bronze and yellow skin, which has been entirely re-panelled, lies a 2006 Iveco chassis, HDi engine - with just 23,000 miles on the clock - and running gear, 120 litre LPG tank, together with air suspension and appropriate modern-day stopping power. Its performance is capable of putting any motorhome in the shade according to the vendor, with a top speed in excess of 90mph when conditions allow.
The interior is crafted to an immensely luxurious standard in ruby red leather with an American walnut trimmed kitchen, shower, toilet, a double bedroom with en-suite in the rear with an additional fold out double bed in the seating area. There is also a large retractable roof and a wealth of luxury features to ensure one’s stay is comfortable. Within the enormous inventory is a full Bose sound system, 27” Apple Mac computer, solar panels, central heating, rear cameras, 240v electrics, 120a/h gel batteries and generator.
Historics has a wealth of interesting consignments appealing to those with a smaller pocket. Of these, a 1982 Mk.1 VW Golf GTi, offered at a very affordable £6,000-£8,000, must surely be a sound investment with prices rising fast, whilst an immaculate as-new Rosso Red 2000 Alfa Romeo GTV Spider is likely to be fought after at its estimated £3,500-£5,000. MG and Triumph enthusiasts won’t be disappointed either, with a fine collection of 1960s and ‘70s MG B, MG C, Triumph TR3A and TR6 examples.
Ditto USA car aficionados, who are catered for by an eclectic mix of American muscle, including two superb 1949 pick-ups, a Chevrolet 3100 (£12,000-£15,000) and Ford F1 (£11,000-£14,000), whilst a meticulously prepared 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Cobrajet (£25,000-£30,000) and 1956 Chevrolet Corvette C1 (£39,000-£44,00) will both attract the gaze of avid collectors.
For those with a taste for the seriously unusual, Historics also offers a fully-authenticated ex-British Army 1964 Daimler Scout LRV Ferret (£9,500-£12,500). With limited passenger and storage space, it could prove challenging for family holidays but is ideal for a twosome on the weekend social run.
In contrast, space is most certainly not an issue with the 1964 Leyland AEC Routemaster double-decker bus, now equipped with a Cummins Euro 4 engine mated to contemporary transmission - just one of 24 consignments offered at No Reserve… Or for something different, how about a1989 Dennis Campbell fire engine (£3,000-£5,000) now registered as a limousine and thus driveable on a car licence and perfect for party hire?
And finally, with past sales of a Batmobile and the entire car collection from the film ‘Captain America’ under its belt, it’s the turn of a waterborne classic to add individual appeal to this Historics August 30th auction, in the shape of a fully-operational 1964 Glastron Bat Boat tribute (£36,000-£42,000), complete with Mercruiser stern drive and a full complement of Bat accessories!
For full details of the record 161 consignments on sale, supported by a wealth of fascinating automobilia, visit www.historics.co.ukor call 01753 639170 and e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Historics auction is at Brooklands Museum on Saturday, August 30th, from 10.00, with viewing on the previous day, Friday, August 29th.
Historics at Brooklands Classic Car AuctionSaturday August 30th 2014, Brooklands Museum
Year Consignment Estimate Range 1952 AC Two Litre Saloon £9,000 £11,0001975 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider Veloce Series II £8,000 £10,0001983 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV6 (3L) NR NR1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia 101 Series 1600 Spider £35,000 £40,0001972 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super £5,000 £7,0001959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint 750B £17,000 £22,0002000 Alfa Romeo GTV6 NR NR1972 Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato (2.0 litre) £18,000 £25,0001995 Alfa Romeo RZ £28,000 £32,0002000 Alfa Romeo Spider £3,500 £5,5001951 Alvis TA21 Three Position Drophead by Tickford £18,000 £23,0001917 American LaFrance Type 12 Two-Seat Tourer £48,000 £58,0002000 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante £26,000 £30,0001930 Austin Seven Swallow £15,000 £18,0001955 Austin-Healey 100/4 £35,000 £40,0001955 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1 £35,000 £42,0001960 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite £16,000 £19,0001950 Bedford OB Motor Home £70,000 £90,0001997 Bentley Azure £34,000 £40,0001963 Bentley S3 Saloon £19,000 £25,0001968 BMW 2000CS £12,000 £15,0001976 BMW 2002 Tii (Group 2 Alpina recreation) £16,000 £22,0001991 BMW 325i Saloon NR NR1947 Bristol 400 Coupe NR NR1969 Bristol 410 Coupe £22,000 £28,0001927 Buick Master Six Sport Tourer £11,000 £14,0001964 Cadillac Coupe de Ville £7,000 £10,0001949 Chevrolet 3100 Half-Ton Pick-Up £12,000 £15,0001956 Chevrolet Corvette C1 £39,000 £44,0001963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray £43,000 £48,0001925 Citroen 5CV £8,000 £10,0001981 Citroen H-Van £9,000 £12,0001953 Citroen Light Fifteen £8,000 £11,0001964 Daimler Scout Car LRV Ferret Mk. 1/2 £9,500 £12,5001977 Daimler Sovereign Long Wheelbase Series II Saloon NR NR1960 Daimler SP250 'Dart' £19,000 £24,0001964 Daimler SP250 'Dart' Police Car £45,000 £50,0001973 Datsun 260Z Coupe £14,000 £18,0001969 De Tomasso Mangusta £210,000 £240,0001989 Dennis Carmichael Fire Engine NR NR1925 Dodge Series 116 £10,000 £13,0001978 Excalibur Series III £23,000 £27,0001966 Ferrari 330GT Series II 2 + 2 Coupe £160,000 £180,0001995 Ferrari 348 Spider £35,000 £40,0001999 Ferrari 360 Modena £39,000 £44,0001972 Ferrari Dino 246GT £190,000 £220,0001973 Fiat 500R £12,000 £14,0001984 Fiat X1/9 VS NR NR1976 Ford Capri Mk. II 1600L £4,500 £6,0001997 Ford Escort Ghia Cabriolet NR NR1949 Ford F1 Pick-Up Truck £11,000 £14,0001965 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk. I £38,000 £44,0001966 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk. I £19,000 £24,0001968 Ford Mustang 'Bullit Stye' Fastback £42,000 £46,0001970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Cobrajet £25,000 £30,0001960 Ford Zephyr Mk II £6,000 £8,0001983 FSM Syrena 105L NR NR1966 Glastron Bat Boat £36,000 £42,0002005 Hummer H3 £13,000 £16,0001969 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series II Roadster £48,000 £55,0001971 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series II Roadster £45,000 £50,0001960 Jaguar E-Type Bonnet and Rear Tub NR NR1968 Jaguar E-Type Series I Fixedhead Coupe £34,000 £39,0001969 Jaguar E-Type Series II 2 + 2 Coupe £27,000 £30,0001969 Jaguar E-Type Series II Fixedhead Coupe £11,500 £14,5001970 Jaguar E-Type Series II Fixedhead Coupe £25,000 £29,0001973 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster £38,000 £46,0001973 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster £48,000 £55,0001973 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster £65,000 £75,0001968 Jaguar Mk II 340 Saloon £19,000 £24,0001947 Jaguar Mk IV (3 1/2 litre) £35,000 £42,0001961 Jaguar Mk. II Saloon (3.4 litre) £17,000 £20,0001962 Jaguar Mk. II Saloon (3.8 litre) £9,500 £12,5001987 Jaguar XJ-SC V12 Cabriolet £8,000 £10,0001999 Jaguar XJR-S (6 litre) Coupe £5,500 £8,5001988 Jaguar XJS V12 Convertible £9,000 £12,0001985 Jaguar XJS V12 HE Coupe NR NR1960 Jaguar XK150 SE Drophead Coupe £27,000 £32,0001958 Jaguar XK150SE Drophead Coupe £80,000 £95,0001971 Jensen FF £70,000 £80,0001973 Jensen Healey Mk. I £4,000 £6,0001965 Kougar Jaguar Sports Mk. II £17,000 £22,0002005 Lamborghini Murcielago by Prindiville £65,000 £80,0001955 Lancia Aurelia B20GT Competition £150,000 £180,0001984 Lancia Delta HF Martini Turbo MT16 £6,500 £9,5001963 Lancia Flavia Coupe £5,000 £7,0001976 Lancia Fulvia 1.3S Coupe £7,500 £9,5001964 Leyland AEC 'Routemaster' NR NR1970 Lotus Europa S2 £7,000 £10,0001998 Mazda MX-5 NR NR1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E NR NR1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E Saloon NR NR1974 Mercedes-Benz 230 NR NR1981 Mercedes-Benz 250 Long Wheelbase Limousine NR NR1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SL California Coupe £29,000 £34,0001968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL California Coupe £28,000 £34,0001985 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster £7,000 £9,0001983 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster £6,500 £9,0001986 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL £14,000 £18,0001989 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster £6,000 £8,0001986 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster £13,000 £16,0001977 Mercedes-Benz 350SL £6,000 £9,0001983 Mercedes-Benz 380SE Saloon £5,000 £8,0001989 Mercedes-Benz 420SL Roadster £7,000 £10,0001977 Mercedes-Benz 450SL Roadster £6,000 £8,0001989 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC NR NR1993 Mercedes-Benz 600SEL £5,000 £7,0001995 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG £4,000 £6,0002001 Mercedes-Benz CLK 320 Elegance £3,500 £5,5002008 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG Kompressor NR NR1984 Mercedes-Benz SL380 Roadster £4,000 £7,0001994 Mercedes-Benz SL500 £6,500 £9,5001996 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Roadster NR NR1967 Merecedes-Benz 250SL Pagoda £55,000 £65,0001974 MG B GT £8,000 £10,0001972 MG B Roadster £5,500 £7,0001963 MG B Roadster £7,000 £10,0001964 MG B Roadster Competition £20,000 £26,0001969 MG C Roadster Ex-Metropolitam Police unmarked traffic car £23,000 £28,0001979 MG GT £4,750 £6,2501955 MG Magnette ZA £7,000 £9,0001951 MG TD £15,000 £20,0001969 Mini Cooper S Mk. II £20,000 £24,0002001 Mini Cooper Sport 500 £6,500 £8,0001938 Morgan 4-4 £18,000 £22,0001938 Morgan 4-4 Drophead Coupe (Series I) £18,000 £24,0001961 Morgan Plus 4 Drophead Coupe £12,000 £18,0001957 Morris Minor 1000 Convertible £4,500 £6,5001950 Morris Minor Lowlight Convertible £12,000 £15,0001990 Nissan Skyline Autech Stelvio Zagato £17,000 £22,0001953 O.S.C.A MT4 £150,000 £175,0001952 Porsche 356 Pre A Coupe £105,000 £115,0001959 Porsche 356A Coupe £52,000 £58,0001963 Porsche 356B T6 Cabriolet £90,000 £98,0001974 Porsche 911 Coupe £34,000 £38,0001981 Porsche 911 Turbo £40,000 £48,0001974 Porsche 911S £38,000 £44,0001971 Porsche 911S (2.4 litre) £100,000 £110,0001973 Porsche 911T £52,000 £58,0001989 RAM Shelby Cobra Replica £28,000 £33,0001994 Range Rover Classic Vogue LSE NR NR1991 Range Rover Efi CSK £58,000 £66,0001985 Range Rover Two Door NR NR1966 Reliant Scimitar GT4A Coupe £12,000 £16,0001930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Ascot Tourer by Brewster £80,000 £100,0001991 Rover Metro C NR NR1972 Rover P5B Coupe £9,000 £12,0001936 Standard Flying 12 £7,500 £10,0001934 Standard Twelve £6,000 £8,0001981 Toyota Hi-Ace Devon Caravanette NR NR1962 Triumph TR3a £18,000 £22,0001973 Triumph TR6 £7,000 £9,0001971 Triumph TR6 £7,500 £12,5001971 Triumph TR6 £7,000 £9,0002003 TVR Tamora £14,000 £18,0001972 Volkswagen Beetle (Wizard) Convertible £4,000 £6,0002004 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet Custom £9,000 £12,0001979 Volkswagen Camper T2 Westfalia £16,000 £20,0001982 Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk. I £6,000 £8,0001960 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia £10,000 £13,000