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Historics Auctions 2020

December 11 @ 9:30 am - December 12 @ 2:30 pm

1968 Triumph TR5

1968 Triumph TR5 sold for £38,488 at the 26th September 2020 auction


With its home at the Brooklands Museum, Britain’s most evocative motoring arena, Historics auction house is now firmly established for the sale and purchase of the finest historic, classic and sports cars and motoring memorabilia.

Historics independent auctioneers brings together a wealth of specialist motoring experience and with the endorsement from the Brooklands Museum Trust Ltd, aims to preserve and extend the tradition of some of motoring’s’ most prestigious names.

Historics also hold Classic Car auctions at the near by Mercedes Benz World attraction and Ascot Racecourse.

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Historics’ front-running auction venue this year, Ascot Racecourse, has been announced as the location for its major, open-to-public winter sale on Saturday, 28th November.

The return to the world-famous venue comes ten weeks after Historics rousing public autumn sale there on 26th September, which returned an 80% sale rate on a gross of £4.6m.  Its 2020 opener in March was also staged at Ascot, just one week before the pandemic lockdown.

Throughout the year, Historics has successfully stuck to its policy of staging public-facing auctions where possible with strict observance of all prevailing COVID-19 conditions, and the Winter sale will be no different, supported as ever by live online bidding via its partner Bidpath.

Historics founder and Managing Director, Mark Perkins, commented: “We appreciate the support, experience and guidance of Ascot Racecourse during these unprecedented times, working together to stage our open-to-public auctions, and equally we applaud the wonderful commitment of our legion of loyal supporters.”

Historics 2020 auction swansong will again include a minimum of three viewing days and take full advantage of the open nature of the venue to display the 150+ varied entries and create the socially-distanced auction hall, in accordance with all prevailing conditions.

The ten-year old auction house, well-known for its eclectic mix of entries, won’t disappoint with its varied winter sale consignment, echoing that of the autumn sale which featuring 47 different marques spanning nine decades, from eminently collectible to wholly affordable.

Illustrating the point, early entries include an exquisite 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Mk I (£260,000-£300,000)  that includes with it invoices totalling over £300,000, an equally collectable 1957 Bentley S1 Drophead Coupe in H.J. Mulliner style (£200,000-£230,000), impeccably crafted by Racing Green, whilst on the affordability stakes, a wonderfully-original, two-owner 1965 MG 1100 with just 26,500 miles is offered enticingly without reserve.

Historics is accepting late entries to the sale on 01753 639 170, or e-mail auctions@historics.co.uk.

Results from the September 26th Auction
  • 186 classics (including 11 classic motorcycles) presented at sale, after four withdrawals
  • 149 lots sold, delivering an 80% sale rate
  • Total gross with commission and VAT: £4.47million
  • Three viewing days (with social distancing and track and trace) attracted approx. 750 visitors
  • Sale day attendance (again with social distancing and track and trace) was 900+ in the course of the day
  • Online registered bidders:  821 from 31 countries (437 from 22 countries at Historics March 2020 sale at Ascot Racecourse)
  • 72 lots sold to successful online bidders, accounting for approximately 50% of the hammer total
  • Of the 172 classic car entries amongst the total consignment, the greatest proportion sold above top estimate:
    • Sold above top estimate: 30%
    • Sold within estimate: 21.5%
    • Sold below bottom estimate: 9%
    • Sold without reserve: 14.5%
  • Mercedes-Benz was the most prolific marque, with 25 bought to sale, from 1958-2011. 22 sold – an 88% sale rate.  This included a 10,000 mile 1989 300 SL Roadster that soared to over twice estimate (£25,000-£30,000) and settled at £70,184 – believed to be a world record auction price
  • Aston Martin: 6 sold of 8 consigned, including a 1967 DB6 that sold above top estimate  (£175,000-£195,000) at £220,740 – a 75% sale rate
  • Jaguar: 16 sold of 21 consigned – a 76% sale rate
  • Bentley: 6 sold of 9 consigned – a 66% sale rate
  • Ferrari: 3 sold of 4 consigned including a brace of Testarossas (1987 & 1990) which sold robustly (£68,486 and £82,636)
  • MG: 7 sold of 8 consigned, including a V8-engined MG B Roadster that exceeded its top estimate, finishing at  £21,382
  • It was a clean sweep sale of 4 Lamborghinis, including two Jalpa models – one a restoration project (£20,720) whilst a brace of 2007 and 2011 Gallardos also sold well mid-estimate
  • Rolls-Royce:  8 sold of 10 consigned – a 80% sale rate, including a very fine 31,000 mile 1998 Silver Seraph (£40,186)
  • The prize for the most unusual entry would have gone to a professionally-crafted road-going ‘recreation’ of a 1967 Lotus 49, the bespoke Honda motorcycle engine, line-astern two-seater selling at top estimate for £26,036
  • The singleton Vauxhall entry – a 1956 Vauxhall Cresta E –  soared to what is believed to be a record auction price at £53,760
  • Ditto a singleton Maserati at the sale was exceptional – the 1975 Maserati Merak, with just 2,136 miles since new – rushed to £62,260
  • Whilst an early, one-owner 1977 Porsche 930 Turbo sold for £97,500, on the more affordable spectrum a 2004 Boxster 986 will have delighted its new owner at £3,962
  • The ex-Sir Stirling Moss Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9 sold above top estimate at £20,160 (Est: £13,000-£16,000)

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