Lister Jaguars lead Historics Brooklands auction

Listers storm into new homes at Brooklands, where 107 classics changed owners for £2.84m during the highest grossing UK auction in May

All three headlining Listers from the Historics tent at the Brooklands Museum have now sold. The catalogue cover featured Lister’s incredible 211mph Storm Coupe, changing hands for £150,000 in a post-sale.

The 1990 Lister XJS 7-litre V12 Coupé, driven only 3354 miles in 18 years, went under the hammer for £86,900 whereas a stern looking 1993 Jaguar XJ12 saloon was captured by another bidder for £63,800. This one was a curiosity, with the new custodian grabbing quite a bargain – the XJ12 was the automotive equivalent of a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’, as it was fully loaded with £69,389 worth of Lister upgrades!

Although the Royal Wedding was in full swing only a few miles away, and thanks to more telephone and on-line contestants, 107 cars, 66% of the 163 on offer, still sold for £2.84m with premium. That equates to an average of £27,852 per classic paid, making this the highest grossing UK sale day in May.

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But while there were buyers for six out of seven Bentleys, four out of six Ferraris and 15 of the 24 Mercedes, only 11 (or 46%) of the 24 Porsches were successfully sold.

Perhaps stealing the show was a UK supplied W111 Series 220SE Cabriolet from 1965, with a £52,250 performance. That’s £4250 more than the guide!

The Dino GT4 2+2 was the first production Ferrari with a midship V8 and the first to be penned with angular lines by Bertone, rather than Pininfarina’s more curvaceous 308. It makes the GT4 2+2 a sought after collectors' item, which makes the final sale price of this one something of an oddity. A 1975 208GT4 with the 2-litre engine, based on the 3-litre twin cam V8, was acquired here for £32,780, more than £5000 below the lower estimate.

Whereas a 1960 Austin-Healey Sprite ‘Frogeye’, admittedly an extensively restored Mk1 with bonnet, one-piece rear shroud including wings and door skins all fashioned in aluminium, and David Vizard-spec 1098 engine with stronger 1275 box, raised a more than top estimate £26,400.

A Ford Zodiac Mk2 Saloon in 1962 cool two-tone, with a spotless 2.6-litre engine bay, sold for a within-estimate band for £18,700. A 1973 Capri Mk1 1.6 made the necessary £14,190 and an 18,099k from new 1969 Cortina Mk2 1600GT LHD, in unrestored ‘time warp’ condition, found £11,110.

While a previously repainted 1968 Jaguar E Type Series 1½ Roadster in LHD with original interior, one of the last to be allowed in to the US with triple SU carburettor fed 4.2 engine, made £59,400, top estimate money. Finally, a RHD, though incomplete, 1962 S1 Fixed Head project with still matching chassis and 3.8 engine numbers was bravely uplifted for £29,925. Good luck was not included.

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