Bargains galore at Sandown Park sale

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Topping the sales chart at Barons' 28 April sale with a hammer price of £45,500 was a 1963 Jaguar E-type 3.8 fhc. Finished in Carmen Red, the Series 1 car had just two owners from new and was sold with a photographic record of a restoration during the early '90s. The E-type was described as being in excellent condition and comfortably beat its upper estimate of £42,000.

Also proving popular with the room was a 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk3, a late car which had been repatriated from America in the late '80s. Again benefiting from a full restoration, the Healey was also converted to right-hand drive. Since then, it had remained in the charge of the same family. It sold on estimate for £34,000.

Falling short of its lower estimate was a 1952 Jowett Jupiter, which eventually sold for £22,000; it was expected to fetch as much as £27,000. Despite its poor performance on the day the car had an interesting connection to the Bradford factory, having been entered in the sale by Phil Green, the firm's head test driver from 1951-'53.

There were plenty of budget classics for price-conscious punters, too. One of the biggest – and smallest – bargains of the day was a 1970 Austin Mini Cooper S, which sold for just £10,000 – some £6000 shy of its upper estimate. The car had been in its owner's possession since new and was one of just 792 made from 1970 to June 1971. Its unusual colour of Bronze Yellow may not have been to everyone's taste.

Returning to the '50s was a 1951 AC 2-Litre Sports Saloon, an interesting car that sold for £6200. The two-door car had been the subject of a partial restoration, which included the replacement of the rear Ash frame structure. New headlamps, carpets and tyres were also fitted.

A tidy-enough looking 1965 Jaguar Mk2 3.4 also looked good value at £6400. Finished in British Racing Green, the previous owner had spent £8000 in recent improvements. It was fitted with a modern radio, Moto-Lita steering wheel and Daytona wire wheels.

In total 29 classics found new homes, though 17 lots failed to sell including a 1973 Ford Escort Mexico, 1957 Ford thunderbird and 1970 Morris 1000 pick-up.

Barons' next sale will take place at Sandown Park on 23 June. 

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