Queen's Daimler upstages all-comers at Historics auction

| 3 Sep 2013

A Frazer Nash Le Mans Replica replica topped the results from Historics at Brooklands' sale on Saturday, but it was a Youngtimer Daimler V8 that grabbed all the headlines.

While the 1988 Werner Oswald Kit Nash – complete with FIA papers – sold for what would usually be an eye-opening £112k, the fact that the 2001 Daimler V8 (main pic) from the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust had been the Queen's personal transport and had been modified for her use led to it rocketing past its £25-30,000 estimate to make £45,360.

To put that price into perspective, an immaculate 1998 long-wheelbase Daimler Super V8 (above) went for £9184 in the same sale.

E-types performed well with a 1964 S1 Roadster (above) just topping £100k, £20,000 more than another example from the same year.

A brace of roadgoing rally cars underpinned their in-vogue status with very strong money for them.

A 1975 Ford Escort Mk1 RS2000 sold for £20,496, while a Ford Cortina II Lotus from 1968 was a fraction behind at £19,040.

One of the most interesting prices was the £26k paid for an Alfa Romeo Duetto against a lower estimate of £14k, showing that the boat-tail models have really shot ahead of later variants.

The extraordinary price made a usable example of Fiat's contemporary rival, the 124 Spider, look fine value at £7840.

A pair of high-ranking vintage sales included a 1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB VdP drophead coupé at £95,200 and a 1933 Lagonda 16/80 S-type Special for £53,760.

A trio of Aston Martins also sold, with the most interesting result the just shy of £30,000 raised by a 1971 DBS V8 restoration project.

One of the best-value lots looked to be a £2240 Berkeley T60 coupé with all the hallmarks of being one of the David Ratner modified cars.