Lo­tus Cortina makes £47.6k

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

A sen­si­tively re­vived 1965 Morris Mini Cooper 970S – of which only 963 were man­u­fac­tured – fetched a heady £56,000 with pre­mium in the His­torics auc­tion mar­quee at the Brook­lands Mu­seum, where buy­ers spent £2.885m on 76.5 per cent of the 128 clas­sics in the cat­a­logue. A run­ning and match­ing num­bers 1962 Jaguar E-type road­ster 3.8 project sold for a way over fore­cast £145,600.

An­other Coven­try cat that also per­formed well at this sale was a 1954 XK120 SE Road­ster, repa­tri­ated from the US in 2011 for body-off restora­tion and con­ver­sion from left- to right-hand drive, which went for £128,800, £38,800 more than top es­ti­mate. A re­stored to orig­i­nal spec MkIV 3½-litre sa­loon that had been first reg­is­tered to Jaguar Cars in 1948 and used by Deputy Chair­man Arthur Whit­taker was bought by his three grand­daugh­ters for £69,440.

Some of the more note­wor­thy val­u­a­tions for main­stream as­sets in­cluded the £58,240 paid for a 1969 left-hand-drive Pagoda-roof Mercedes 280 SL au­to­matic that had mi­grated from New York in 2013 and had been guided at a rel­a­tively con­ser­va­tive £33,00038,000, and the £47,600 re­sult of a fas­tid­i­ously ac­cu­rate 1963 Ford Lo­tus Cortina MkI – show­ing just 63,000 miles – that had been reshelled dur­ing the 1990s and for which £34,000-42,000 had been fore­cast prior to the sale.

While more than £11,000 over the pre-sale es­ti­mate, a po­tent £40,040, was re­quired to own a gen­uine right-hand drive Tri­umph TR2 from 1954, the year that sim­i­lar ‘Long Door’ TR2s fin­ished 28th on the Mille Miglia and fifth in class in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Model el­i­gi­bil­ity for Premier Cru ret­ro­spec­tives like this is clearly con­tin­u­ing to boost auc­tion per­for­mance.

‘A 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE went for £38,800 more than its top es­ti­mate’

Re-shelled Lo­tus Cortina made £47.6k.

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