Auction insider: 205GTI makes £26,250 at Barons

Final UK sale of the year sees ‘original’ Mk2 3.8 Jaguar sells for £42k and 'one lady driver' Peugeot GTI make nearly £27k

The final sale of the year on the UK auction circuit was unaffected by the recent white-out that stopped play in many parts of the country, although eight classics in the Barons catalogue did fail to make the journey to Sandown Park for weather-related reasons.

The noteworthy performers at the Surrey racecourse were a Jaguar Mk2 saloon and a Peugeot 205GTI.

The one owner from new 1964 Mk2 3.8 manual (with overdrive, high-ratio steering rack and close-ratio gear options) was in remarkably original condition, having been preserved in storage for the last 27 years. Recently re-commissioned and guided at £22,000-28,000, and with all numbers still matching, the villain’s getaway wheels of choice was hammered at £38,000, to cost the second owner £41,800 including premium.

The 205GTI 1.9 meanwhile had also only been driven by one driver since new in 1989, when the hot hatch became the vendor’s company car, which she purchased from them in 1997 upon leaving their employ. Still original, apart from recent alloy wheels refurbishment following inevitable kerbing, the 21,200 mile French original had been estimated at £18,000-22,000, but fetched £26,620 with premium.

By far the most viewed lot was a seriously deconstructed ‘barn found’ Alvis Speed 20 with the frontal remains of Cross & Ellis Tourer coachwork, plus the rear end with some other panels from a Speed 20 Saloon. With engine, gearbox and differential present, but many items missing, the 1934-dated and really hopeless-looking project was forecast to raise over £10,000, but was very bravely swept up for £13,200.

In stark contrast, and contrary to recent auction form, there were no takers for both Jaguar E-type Series 1 3.8 fixed heads. A 1962 coupé, acquired from an insurance company after a fraudulent claim and fully rebuilt, was bid to nowhere near the £130,000 required, and a previously restored 1963 FHC with 60 invoices and 165 old MoTs on file ran out of interest well below the £60,000-plus sought.

Very nearly unique was a GRP-bodied Frisky Prince 3-Wheeler powered by a 328cc Excelsior Talisman Twin, one of only two known to the Frisky Register, the other one being resident in the US. Owned by one family for 56 years, the miniature finned coupé had been hatched in 1961 at Petbow in Kent and had been forecast to make £13,000 or more. On the day though, the £9000 provisionally bid in the room was accepted and the rare Microcar changed owners for £10,175, one of 29 of the 59 classics to do so for a sale total of £252,645.

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