Continentals upstage Brits at Barons' Heritage sale


Barons' British Heritage and other classics sale at Sandown Park on Tuesday (18 September) looked to have some potential bargains for enthusiasts.

An ex-USA 1969 Jaguar E-type S2 Roadster with "sensible upgrades" – and which was pictured in the October 2011 issue of C&SC – made £32,500 on the hammer, which seems a very reasonable price in the current climate.

As was one of the last Daimler V8-250s, which made an under-guide £3200 plus premium. The fully road-legal 1968 car was said to drive very well.

Although the lots were primarily British classics, the two top sellers weren't.

Top of the heap was a German, a Mercedes-Benz 190SL (main image) that was bid to £42,000, while second place was secured by the £38,000 hammer price for a 1939 Hotchkiss 686 Riviera drophead coupé.

The primrose E-type mentioned above was best of the Brits, just ahead of a 1969 Ford Escort Twin Cam, built to period spec to compete in the RAC Rally of Great Britain, which accrued £26k (plus premium) against an estimate of £31-34,000.

There was a £10,000 drop to the next lots, which also looked good value: a delightful 1948 Rover P2 12 Tourer at £17,700 and, just £200 behind, a 1950 Bentley MkVI.

Quite apart from the Twin Cam, the strong prices for run-of-the-mill Escorts with rally potential continued in Surrey with a 1974 four-door MkI 1300 making £8200 plus premium and a 1971 four-door 1300L auto (below) making just under £5k.

The magic is clearly yet to rub off on last-generation Escorts: a 1995 RS2000 sold for £1300.

Nearly 20 of the 45 car lots failed to find new homes.

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