Historics set for kick-off with auction of 175 classic cars

Love classic cars AND football, but haven’t made it over to Russia for the World Cup? This weekend’s Historics auction at Brooklands may have the solution…

Sometimes major sporting events and your weekend plans clash. Perhaps this Saturday you want to watch the England vs Sweden World Cup quarter-final, but luck would have it that there are also 175 stunning classic cars going to auction at the legendary Brooklands circuit – and you absolutely cannot miss that, either.

What’s one to do? Thankfully, the team at Historics have foreseen the dilemma and will be screening the big match at the July 7 auction while also selling all those incredible vehicles. We’ve got our eye on these five particular beauties (as well as on the ball)…

1996 Mini Cooper LE; No reserve

Cute, charismatic and evoking memories of sporting success in the Monte Carlo Rally, this Mini Cooper LE in Almond Green comes with a 1.3 fuel-injected engine. It was one of 1700 vehicles built in 1996 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the first Mini Cooper introduced back in 1961.

UK-based John Cooper garages received 200 of these limited-edition Minis, while the remaining 1500 examples – including this one – were exported to Japan. Having returned to the UK a decade ago, it’s covered fewer than 59,000 miles and is in excellent overall condition while still possessing its original aluminium roof rack and polished-walnut dash. A fresh MoT is included in the sale.

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1961 Daimler Dart; Estimate: £24,000-£30,000

Controversial in style, name and speed on the road, and used by the police as high-speed chase cars back in the day, the Daimler Dart SP250 is a British classic that most certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted. This 1961 example comes with a 2.5-litre V8 that delivers a smooth yet peppy 140bhp.

Cosmetically restored back in 2000, it remains in superb mechanical order thanks to a full engine rebuild eight years ago, as well as the fitment of an overdrive gearbox, new windscreen rubbers and a fresh black soft-top. Finished in red with a cream leather interior, it would make for both a speedy and stylish pursuit vehicle.

1952 MG TD; Estimate: £18,000-£22,000

For a more traditional take on sporting pedigree, you’ll be spoiled on account of good looks and superior performance should you to bid on this 1952 MG TD. The most popular of the T-series Midgets, the TD made unashamed use of the best components from the MG models that had gone before it.

Beneath the familiar shape derived from a T-type was the drivetrain from a TC, plus the chassis and independent suspension of a Y-type. The uninformed may scoff at what might look like a ‘parts-bin’ approach, but by the time the Mk2 TD had arrived, the specification of this car spoke for itself.

TD tests by The Motor magazine in 1952 proclaimed a top speed of 77mph and 0-60mph in 18.2 seconds. No wonder some 23,000 TDs were exported to America. This TD comes supplied with a V5C registration document.

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1972 Ford Escort Mexico; Estimate: £38,000-£45,000

It’s not only football that has a World Cup y’know! If you’re a fan of classic motor sport, you may know the Mexico name on the Ford Escort came from the fact that the 1970 Daily Mirror World Cup Rally finished in Mexico City. An appropriate strategy for Ford given its Escorts finished first, third, fifth, sixth and eighth in this event.

As bold in Sunset Red as it is quick off the mark, this 1972 Escort Mexico began its star-studded career in Ford’s advertising literature while being used as a PR car in Sweden. After briefly acting as an experimental car with Ford’s Advanced Vehicles Operation, it then participated as a recce car during the 1973 East Africa Safari Rally, and event from which only two of the six cars sent out returned.

Later bought by a company employee, this Mexico was refitted with its original 1600cc cross-flow engine and converted to right-hand drive. Following a seven-year restoration, a full engine rebuild and upgrade to 1760cc, and having featured in several prominent motoring publications, it now proudly wears the signatures of several significant individuals with Ford connections – including that of Tony Mason, who acted as Roger Clark’s co-driver on the ’73 Safari.

1991 Jaguar XJS V12 Le Mans Limited Edition; Estimate: £22,000-£26,000

Serving as a fearless and indulgent celebration of Jaguar’s success at the Le Mans 24-hours in both 1988 and 1990, the Le Mans Edition of the XJS was something to behold. The XJS was a competent grand tourer, which had accepted the near-impossible challenge of filling the void resulting from the exit of the legendary E-type. With an initial 0-60mph sprint time of 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 143mph, it could once again put virtually all rivals in their place. From summer 1981, doing so became even easier when power was increased to 295bhp with the new High-Efficiency engine.

This XJS is one of 280 Le Mans Editions and features extra leather trim, ‘Le Mans’ motifs on the headrests, boot and foot plates, quad headlights, a ‘growler’ bonnet badge and 16-inch ‘lattice’ alloy wheels. Why not have your cake and then eat it, too? A V5C and current MoT are included in the sale of this special XJS.

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