Market: £52k Merc 230SL tops £506k haul at Sandown Park
Pagoda Mercedes stars at Barons’ Spring Classic auction, with £46k spent on Jaguar E-type S1 3.8 Coupé project and Mini Cooper 1071S fetching £43k
Top seller beneath the grandstand at the recent Barons’ Spring Classic at Sandown Park Racecourse was a 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL. The Pagoda-top model, which had some renewed panels beneath an earlier respray along with refreshed chrome, went for £51,700 including premium.
Among the 43 changes of ownership during this 67 percent sold, £506,035 event on Saturday April 21 were a 1994 MG RV8 repatriated from Japan in 2004 and a 1975 Triumph Stag Auto with photo-recorded 2010 restoration. These sold for £18,700 and £15,750 respectively. A 1993 Bentley Turbo R Auto with full Bentley stamped service history went for £11,000, too.
Second past the post at the Esher, Surrey racecourse was a US-sourced 1966 Jaguar E-type S1 3.8 Fixed Head. Dismantled and part-restored in primer, with much of the project in boxes, it was taken on for £45,650. A 1966 Mk2 3.8 on wires with factory-fitted sunroof, all-synchro box and overdrive, brake upgrade and power-steering, sold for £22,550.
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The oldest American to get hammered here, and by far the largest to accommodate at any new home in the UK, was a 1930 Nash 494 Straight Eight Sedan. The RHD model had been driven fewer than 100 miles since restoration, and made £44,000 – forecast money. The earliest automobile on offer was a 1926 Morris Cowley Bullnose Tourer. It appeared to be pleasantly patinated following restoration in the 1990s, and sold for £15,125.
A previously restored 1972 Triumph TR6 outperformed its pre-sale estimate by more than £10,000 to sell for £28,325. Even sharper cosmetically, and mechanically overhauled, too, was a 1972 GT6 on Minilites. It sold for £17,325 – again, more than the guide price.
An MGC GT on steel wheels with ye olde hubcaps – a very late example from 1970, which had been driven 77,000 miles – had the benefit of a Downton cylinder head and triple SU carbs. It sold for £17,050, £4000 more than the top estimate.
Another genuine Mk1 Mini Cooper S – the 54th from last 1071S, produced in 1964 – was guided at £35,000-40,000. It inspired much interest, to the point where it was knocked down for £39,000, forecast money. It cost the next investor £42,900 with premium, which was well above the £11,768 average spent on classics at this auction.
Classic Cars for Sale
1965 Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon 13 Window Painted in L360 Sea Blue and L680 Cumulous White original factory colors 12 volt electrical system New electric wiring harnes New head lights and tail lights Brand new german hella front turn signals Horn, turn signals and interior lights in working condition. New ignition switch New battery New alternator New coil New starter Rebuilt
On the interior you have a clean dash, instrument panel, non-corroded buttons and switches. The rubber flooring in front is not worn out but clean. The drivers seat corner seam is separated as photographed but would be a very cheap and easy fix for an upholstery shop to fix. The seat is not torn. The rear carpet is clean but does have some wear in the fabric from people getting in and out. Ag
Wonderful condition An older body-off frame restoration that presents very well! Previous national event award winner Recently released from long-term ownership (25 years) Rare & desirable 1939 Cadillac Series 61 Convertible Coupe One of only 5,913 Series 61 Cadillacs built for 1939 Matching numbers engine & chassis Stunning color combination Options Include: Dual Side
Meteor Grey Metallic with Black leather, 3.4 litre S engine with 6-speed manual gearbox, Huge specification –PAS, ABS, PSM Porsche Stability Management, PASM Porsche Active suspension Management, PCM Porsche Communication Management with Satellite Navigation, On board computer, E/windows, E/mirrors, Automatic dimming mirrors, Rain sensor, Hard backed Sport seats, E/seats, Heated seats, Memory se