HISTORICS HAS A SPRING IN ITS STEP
Buyers in abundance for another strong sale at Brooklands
Amidst some speculative recent market results, the heat was on Historics, but with Brooklands bathed in sunshine, the classic and sports car auctioneer again delivered another strong sale. In total 59 of 103 vehicles were seen away for a sale ratio of 57% and a final sale figure of £1,153,735.
As pre-sale publicity predicted, Bentleys blazed a trail, with the star of the show an R-Type Coupé by Abbott of Farnham, which sold for £100,000. A 1937 4¼ litre Sports Special sold for £47,500, while a more modern 1992 Bentley Continental Convertible went for over its pre-sale estimate at £49,000. Including the much talked-about Woolf Barnato 3½ litre Derby Bentley restoration project, which sold for £9,750, all 12 Bentley Lots found new homes.
Porsche also proved a popular marque as a sun-kissed orange 1971 911S sold for £53,000, a 1964 356SC for £34,000 and an eminently driveable 1984 911 3.2 Carrera Sport went for £14,250.
Other notable sales included a sought-after Jaguar XK150S Roadster for £70,000 and a Series I 2+2 Coupe Jaguar E-type for £21,750, while the Sunbeam Tiger continues to prove a popular pick amongst competition enthusiasts, as £34,000 was sufficient for an online bidder to buy a 1965 FIA Appendix K Rally car.
Meanwhile, Historics’ regular Helen Chamberlain – renowned Sky Television presenter and poker player extraordinaire* – added to the 1949 26-seater Albion Victor bus purchased at Historics’ October sale, by driving away with a 1985 Audi Quattro and 1956 Chevrolet Two-Ten Sedan.
Commenting on Historics’ ninth sale to date, Auction Director Edward Bridger-Stille, remarked; “this was our third successive £1million plus sale, and shows that our all-inclusive set-up is the correct approach to a competitive market.
“In what is in increasingly crowded auction calendar, it’s encouraging to see so many people continuing to turn to Historics to satisfy their classic car curiosity, and we’re already looking forward to another balmy day at Brooklands for our next sale on September 1st,” he concluded.
All prices with the exception of the final sale price are hammer prices and subject to 10% buyers premium plus VAT. Final sale price of £1,153,735 includes commission but not VAT. For full break down of prices, see separate spread sheet.
* Helen Chamberlain finished second in the 2005 Poker Million tournament winning $400,000.
About Historics at Brooklands
The independent auction house, Historics at Brooklands was established in March 2010, by private investors, to provide a highly-knowledgeable and professional resource for the sale and purchase of fine quality classic and collector cars.
All staff are highly experienced within the classic car sector, and are themselves classic car owners and enthusiasts.
With a permanent home at the evocative venue, Brooklands Museum, but independent in ownership, Historics has hosted eight auctions to date, and in the first sale of 2011, achieved a rare ‘white glove’ sale of the 56-strong collection of American classics from the film ‘Captain America – The First Avenger’. The first auction of 2012 saw Historics present over 100 vehicles at a new winter sale home at Mercedes-Benz World.
For full results of Historics auctions and to view a video of the first sale, visit www.historics.co.uk.