British classics dominate Sandown Park sale

| 15 Feb 2013

A modified 1959 MGA Roadster estimated to make a lowly £15-20,000 thanks to an engine transplant looks set to be the pick of the lots at Barons’ Esher Hall sale on 23 February if you’re not fixated on originality.

Recently repatriated from South Africa, the sports car was originally fitted with a 1500 engine, which was upgraded to an 1800 MGB powerplant during its restoration 25 years ago.

The replacement unit has covered just 6000 miles and features a Kenlowe fan.

The A leads a list of Abingdon-built machines that includes a 1965 Midget and a 1975 MGB Roadster.

Estimated to make £3500-4000, the Midget has covered 50,000 miles from new and comes complete with numerous bills, plus 16 MoTs.

The B, meanwhile, has been valued at £2500-3000. Totally standard (save for a stainless steel exhaust) the car is MoT’d until August.

The sale will also offer luxury machines from the likes of Jaguar, Rolls-Royce and Bentley, but it is a Daimler Double Six that caught our eye.

It could be yours for as little as £3750 and comes with a bulging history file, fantastic pepper-pot wheels and, of course, a turbine-smooth V12.

While homegrown machines make up most of the lot list there are plenty of overseas highlights.

Particularly hard to miss is a 1960 Chrysler New Yorker. The huge coupe comes with a 413cu in engine that produces a healthy 350bhp.

Thought to be one of two in the country, the V8 is priced accordingly at £15-20,000, but has been completely restored and is rust free.

Finally, a 1963 Ford Anglia Estate offers a desirable blend of cuteness and practicality.

Yours for £4500-6000, the two-owner car was restored in Sweden and has covered fewer than 60,000 miles.

The full lot list is available to view on the Barons’ website.