Barons has ended the year with its fantastic Annual Christmas Classic auction at Sandown Park.
Santa may struggle to get the entries down the chimney, but any classic car buff would be delighted to find one of them in their garage or driveway on Christmas morning.
Restoration projects are popular at this time of year, giving enthusiasts an excuse to spend time with their cherished classics regardless of the weather. The 1963 Series 1 Jaguar E-type 3.8 FHC was a running restoration that, at £30,000-£45,000 and with E-type prices rising, could prove to be a very rewarding investment in many ways. And Ferrari fans were out in force as excitement grew around the barn-find 1985 Mondial Quattrovalvole V8. We had an interest ourselves but we were battling it out against the guy next to us who was looking to buy it for his son…what a great first car! It has sat on axle stands for 20 years in a garage and, the estimation of £6,000-£9,000 soon passed as the room was full of eager buyers, finally settling for over £15000.
The 1998 Bentley Turbo RT Olympian is one of just four ever built. Produced for Bentley dealer Jack Barclay, it is distinguished by its five-spoke wheels and Olympian boot badge. An ultra-rare example of the most powerful and most expensive of the Turbo R line, carried an estimate of £19,000-£22,000.
Another rare lot was the Davrian MK 7A. Built in Clapham in 1974 but registered in 1998 this bright red sports car has been the subject of a complete bare shell restoration, with a new interior, wheels, tyres, instruments etc. and is in immaculate condition. It is also eligible for historic racing or rallying, so could lead the new owner into a new hobby in 2017.
The 1968 Jaguar 240 is in simply stunning condition and has covered just 53,000 miles from new. This handsome machine currently has a lucrative career as a wedding car, so could offer its new owner an interesting sideline if desired!
German car enthusiasts had plenty to choose from, with a host of Mercedes, including the splendid, and rare, 1996 E220 Convertible Triple Black, the 2003 Porsche 911 Turbo and the 2002 BMW Alpina B10 3.3 Switchtronic.
Check out the full list at Barons Online.
And here’s some great photos from the day itself.