Unrepeatability is one of the market’s biggest pulls – but only if the right punters are in the room
1992 Lancia Integrale Evo 1 £142,000 RM Sotheby’s, December 6, New York
This incredible result might see a few Integrale owners visiting shipping agents’ websites. But though it might provide some boost to the market for them, this was an unrepeatable example. One of only 400 Giallo Ferrari editions, it was a highly original Italian-market car that’d done just 4030 miles. And it had novelty value because Evos have only just become eligible for US import under the 25-year rule.
1983 Ford Escort RS1600I £32,200 Bonhams, December 6, London Olympia
With just 164km (around 100 miles) from new, this was a proper collectors’ piece, albeit in lefthand drive because it was sold new in Norway. It’s been with the same owner since, too, so the provenance was impeccable. Condition was as you would expect – all original apart from the tyres. So the surprise here was that it didn’t make more, given the big numbers achieved by Silverstone for fast Fords at its NEC sale.
1960 Jaguar XK150S 3.8 fhc £186,300 Bonhams, December 2, Bond Street
Just when you think the wind has gone out of the XK market, a result like this blows in to confound the pundits. Of course the 3.8S is the ultimate XK150, and with only 115 right-hook coupés made it has rarity on its side, but the £130-160k estimate had looked fair. Then again, find another as sharp with only 51k miles and original apart from a few discreet and well-chosen upgrades. There’s life in the old cats yet.
1960 Austin-healey 3000 MKI £41,440
Brightwells, November 29, Leominster Substantial modifications to a classic invariably leads to a substantial loss of value. This ’Healey was fitted in period – when they were just cheap old sports cars – with a 3.8 Jag engine and flared arches. That ought to have made it a pretty hard sell, but the potent result obviously had several buyers intrigued. It actually sold for more than a correct MKIII with a recently rebuilt original engine.
1995 Jaguar XJS 4.0 £11,000
Barons, December 12, Sandown Park Dismissing Barons’ £4500-6000 estimate as an enticement, the price paid here was still a big chunk for any six-pot XJS with fixed roof and 85k miles. Yes, the 4.0 was arguably the best of the breed, but beyond that was this car’s mechanical double-whammy. In the twilight of the XJS’S long career most were being bought with autos, but this had both a manual ’box and factory Sports suspension. Seen another?