As predicted, Bentleys dominated Historics at Brooklands’ 26 May sale, with an R-Type coming out on top at a cool £100,000.
A 1933 Vanden Plas was the second highest seller at £98,000, but there was a Bentley for every budget. A 1937 Sport Special sold for £47,500, while the much talked about – and in dire need of help – ex-Woolf Barnato 3.25-litre Derby made £9755. In fact, all 12 Bentleys that crossed the block found new homes.
A Jaguar picked up where the Bentleys left off, with a 1959 XK150S going for £70,000, but an XK120 Drophead coupé, an XK140 and an XK150 Roadster all failed to sell.
Porsches were popular, too, with a 1971 911S (below) selling for £53,000, a 1964 356SC for £34,000 and a 1984 911 Carrera Sport going for £14,250.
Saturday was trumpeted as a day for the youngtimers, with a number of modern classics going under the hammer. A Ford Fiesta 1.3 Supersport sold for a healthy £6600, while a Volkswagen Golf GTI went for £1800 and a Mini 1.3 Sprite achieved £2800. A 1.6-litre Peugeot 205 GTI that carried a £4-6000 estimate failed to sell.
Rally cars also featured, with an Integrale up with no reserve and selling for what looked like a steal at £3300. Meanwhile, an Audi quattro restoration project was snapped up for £1200 by TV presenter Helen Chamberlain.
A Honda NSX – another modern classic – went for a tempting £13,000, while a 1989 Mercedes SL500 sold for £3400. A Ferrari Mondial T Convertible (below) failed to find a buyer.
By the end of the day a total of £1,159,070 had changed hands, with Historics achieving a 58% sale rate. It was the third auction in a row in which the firm had reached a total in excess of £1million.
Auction director Edward Bridger-Stille said: “In what is an increasingly crowded auction calendar, it’s encouraging to see so many people continuing to turn to Historics to satisfy their classic car curiosity, and we’re already looking forward to another balmy day at Brooklands for our next sale on September 1st.”