High sale prices despite World Cup, F1, Wimbledon and Le Mans

Major sports events didn't deter Historics buyers from spending £2.3m at Brooklands – and the Jaguars, Porsches and Minis performed particularly well

On the most overcrowded Saturday of high summer with simultaneous rival attractions of England still being in the World Cup, F1 qualifying at Silverstone, many playing away at Le Mans Classic and not forgetting Wimbledon, 108 classics were still hammered away for £2.3m (including buyers’ premium) under sun-baked canvas in the grounds of the Brooklands Museum.

That's 62% of the 174 auctioned by Historics – though 34 ‘no reserve’ cars certainly helped the sale stats. However, there were no takers at the £145,000-180,000 suggested for a 1957 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk2. £85,000-110,000 was apparently also too much for the catalogue cover featured 1981 Renault 5 Turbo 1, one of the hottest pocket rockets only a few months ago.

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One of the standout results here however was the £124,320 paid for a 1961 Alvis TD 21 Series 1 Park Ward DHC (below) that had been treated to a Holloway restoration in Brackley in 2014. Other Brits successfully transacted were a Bentley S3 Standard Steel Saloon from one family ownership from new in 1963, which sold for £34,100, and a 1948 MG TC, a 20-year-old restoration, for £24,750.

A 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia (below), driven only 9000km by one owner, was bought for £124,300 by a UK-based Italian in the tent and a Joe Macari-serviced 1977 208GT4 Dino cost the next owner £31,350. Yet another left-hand-drive Ferrari, a 1981 400i auto, also sold here for £19,800.

Having started life as a Jaguar factory-built coupé in 1965, an E-type S1 4.2 (below) that had been rebuilt with a Martin Robey Roadster body tub and a five-speed 'box during restoration in 1989 made £78,100. Meanwhile another S1 4.2 Roadster in left-hand-drive from the same year, restored Stateside before being repatriated in 2012, sold for £47,190.

Top Cat in the tent though was a right-hand-drive from new 1965 S1 4.2 FHC with chassis, engine and gearbox numbers still all matching from ground-up restoration, for which £145,600 with charges was accepted. A below-estimate £49,115 meanwhile secured a 1975 S3 5.3 V12 in period Heather with the more desirable manual shift and hardtop. With 24 entries, more Jaguars were auctioned than any other marque and 70% of them sold too.

Porsches did better than they did in the May sale and six out of nine later-generation 911s from 1986-2010 changed owner-drivers and did so for mid to high estimate prices. The fastest performer was a 2010 911 Type 997 Generation 2 3.8 Turbo, last serviced at Silverstone in August 2017, with 51,320 mileage, sold for £58,850.

The highest price paid of the afternoon, way above the £11,000-16,000 estimate band, was £51,700 for Cobra replica by the Contemporary Classic Car Company. It was fitted with a Big Block Ford FE 390 bored out to 6997cc, cost over £68,000 to build, and had covered only 1071 miles since completion.

Rare in right-hand drive, a 1991 Renault Alpine GTA V6 Turbo Le Mans sold for £33,000 and a 1971 Citroën SM lefty with five-speed manual box and Continental Edison radio cost a Francophile £32,450.

The vendors of 15 Minis with Austin, Morris and Rover badges spanning five decades were using this sale to cash in their assets – and 11 of the entrants were successful in doing so. Among them, a 33,000 miles 2000 Mini Cooper Sport that appeared to be externally standard, but had a supercharger under the bonnet and which sold for £11,550. The top-priced Mini though was a home market supplied 1965 1275S Mk1 with evocative Abingdon registration, which a buyer thought was worth £38,500.

Considering the overcrowded auction and events calendar, Historics sale total and hit rate exceeded the average stats being currently achieved on the UK auction circuit.

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