Following a strong October sale, Barons is ending the year in festive style with its Annual Christmas Classic auction at Sandown Park on December 13th. 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 is 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 looking for a project could get to work on the barn-find 1985 Mondial Quattrovalvole V8. It has sat on axle stands for 20 years in a garage and, at £6,000-£9,000, offers an affordable and enjoyable entry into the world of Ferrari ownership.
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, this carries an estimate of £19,000-£22,000.
Another rare lot is 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 (£8,000-£10,000).
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! Estimate: £20,000-£25,000.
German car enthusiasts have plenty to choose from, with a host of Mercedes, including the splendid, and rare, 1996 E220 Convertible Triple Black (£12,000-£14,000), the 2003 Porsche 911 Turbo (£33,000-£40,000) and the 2002 BMW Alpina B10 3.3 Switchtronic (£4,500-£6,000).