Project cars and classics with great history set to star at Barons

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There's huge variety and some very tempting estimates for Barons' sale at Sandown Park tomorrow (Tuesday 25 February).

With Series Land-Rovers very much in demand, even the £12-15,000 put on a 1958 S2 88in doesn't look unreasonable. The appeal of this particular example is that it has covered just 36,000 miles from new, has been in one-family ownership for the past 30 years and is said to be totally original.

Rather less practical, but coming with a bit of celebrity glitter in the form of first owner George Hamilton, is a 1987 Wood & Pickett Mini Park Lane Cabrio. This rarity is valued at £14-16,000.


Two 1953 projects particularly grabbed C&SC's attention. The first is a Bentley R-type described as a "rolling restoration" and, if it is usable as-is, presents huge value for money at £10-12k.


The second is one of the most desirable post-war Rileys (main image). The RM Roadster may be in need of complete restoration, but at £6-7k for one of the sought after 2.5-litre convertibles it is a car that we would happily take a chance on.


A couple of fully restored classics also caught our collective eye. One is a 1964 Lotus Cortina that has been in the registered keeper’s ownership for 30 years (£35-£45k) while a 1970 Jaguar E-type S2 Roadster at £63-73,000 would be a lot cheaper than buying a similar model and having the works done yourself. In the case of the Jag, it is an "older" restoration (2004), but it has covered fewer than 2000 miles since and comes with the desirable Bermuda hardtop.


Another lot high in the car-for-money stakes is a 1972 T2 Bentley that was almost run by Leyland boss Michael Edwards (it was ordered for him when he was at the Chloride Group, but he left before delivery) and, according to the guide price, could be yours for as little as £9500.


Possibly our favourite car in the auction, however, is a fabric-bodied Rover 10/25 Riviera Weymann saloon (£8-10k). The reason we like it is that it had just one owner from 1930 (when it was registered) to 2008, even though it spent 40 of those years in storage.

See the full lot list here. 

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