Lotus Cortina makes £47.6k
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.