Affordable Classics from Jaguar Land Rover Sale Report
One of the most widely promoted and eagerly anticipated classic car auctions ever staged on these shores, there was never any doubt that the Brightwells/Jaguar Land Rover Affordable Classics Sale was going to be quite an event.
A unique combination of 100 ‘everyman’ classic cars, 150 rare and fascinating pedal cars, 15 remote control model aircraft plus a smattering of boats, caravans and campervans, all amassed by one collector over many years and all to be offered at no reserve, it added up to a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ buying opportunity that garnered headlines across the globe. The Brightwells website alone attracted over 178,000 visitors in the two weeks prior to the sale, while external news sources and social media websites helped spread the story far and wide, coverage of the event even making it onto Russian websites.
Come sale day itself and well over 2,000 people descended on the historic surroundings of Bicester Heritage to bid in person, while internet and phone bidders also took part from over a dozen countries including Austria, Australia, Belgium, France, Republic of Ireland, Germany, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Slovakia, Switzerland and America. Thanks to months of careful planning the whole operation ran like clockwork, and by the end of a marathon seven-hour selling session on a bright and chilly March afternoon, every single lot had successfully changed hands to give a 100% sell through rate.
The first 20 lots were comprised mainly of small toy cars from the likes of Corgi, Dinky and Matchbox, top price going to a pair of Triang circus and milk lorries which raised £396. Next up were the 150 pedal cars spanning virtually the whole history of the motoring age which ranged in price from just £55 for a modern BMW Z4 Roadster made of plastic to £9,020 for a highly detailed miniature vintage Blower Bentley on a metal chassis and complete with electric motor. Three other vintage Bentleys made around £2,650 apiece, while a miniature AC Cobra made £5,610, an electric 1950s-style Ferrari Barchetta made £5,720 and a pair of pre-war-style Austin Twin Cam single seaters by Pathfinder raised some £3,330 apiece.
Following the pedal cars were the 15 model aircraft where results ranged from £220 for a First World War single seater monoplane to £1,980 for a large remote control Avro Lancaster in 617 Squadron ‘Dambusters’ livery. A Hawker Hurricane and a Spitfire with wingspans of around 10ft made £880 and £770 apiece while a truly enormous Hercules also made £880, its appeal no doubt limited by its giant “Where on earth will I put that?” 20ft wingspan! Next up were three caravans and a couple of boats, a sleek 1960s Riva-style Piantoni Runabout with a big V8 engine topping the results at £8,580.
Shortly after 3pm it was time for the main course, 100 classic cars mainly of the type once commonly seen on the roads of Britain in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s with a smattering of older and more exotic models thrown in for good measure. With an average sale price of around £4,000 there really was something for everyone, top price of the day going to an extremely rare 2002 Mercedes CL63 AMG Coupe, one of only 26 made with a 439bhp 6.3 V12 engine and only 32,500 miles on the clock which fetched £22,660.
The three other Mercedes models also sold well, a 1993 320CE Cabriolet with under 20,000 miles indicated raising £16,500 while an identical car with 40,000 miles made £15,400 and a 90,000 miles 1982 280CE Coupe fetched £8,800. The only other two German offerings also sold well, an exceedingly rare and handsome RHD 1963 Borgward Isabella Coupe in need of full restoration raising £7,810 while an equally rare but even more dilapidated c.1960 Goggomobil T Saloon made £2,310.
The rest of the car section was dominated by bread-and-butter models from the likes of Austin, Ford, Humber, MG, Morris, Rover, Standard and Vauxhall, many of them with low-mileage or few owners but all in need of varying degrees of recommissioning or restoration following several years in storage. Relative rarities included a smart 1952 Austin J40 Sports with a rebuilt engine and retrimmed interior which raised £15,400, a scruffy but apparently sound 1952 Austin A70 Pickup which made £9,020, a tidy 1989 MG Metro Turbo at £6,600 and a Maestro Turbo at £5,940 and a rather neglected 1978 Vauxhall Chevette 2300 HS which fetched £12,100.
Surprising many was an extremely shabby Morris Minor Million, one of only 350 made to celebrate the millionth Moggie rolling off the production line in 1961, which fetched an impressive £7,920 despite being in need of full restoration. The oldest car on offer was a 1937 Austin Seven Opal project which made a healthy £12,320, while a wonderfully ‘shabby chic’ and original 1938 Peugeot 402 fetched £6,600.
Estate cars were particularly well-represented with no fewer than three Abbott-bodied Ford Zodiac Estates which raised between £1,100 and £3,100 and four Vauxhall estates including a rare 1960 Velox Friary which made £9,900 and a 1964 Victor FB Deluxe which raised £6,820. A rare 1974 Rover P6 350 Estourer estate with Panelcraft bodywork, one of only around 150 made, also did well at £10,560. Most interesting of all though was the 1972 Reliant Scimitar GTE, a one-off prototype fitted with a Ferguson four-wheel drive system in scruffy but highly original condition which struck many as perhaps the bargain of the day at a modest £14,300.
To view the results of the Sale in full, please visit the past results section HERE. Brightwells’
next Bicester Classic & Vintage Sale will take place on 11th April 2018.
All the prices given above include the 10% buyer’s premium