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Classics smash estimates at Historics 6 June sale

Highly desirable classics soared past their estimates at the Historics at Brooklands 6 June sale. A Jaguar XK140, Lamborghini Espada, Ferrari Testarossa and Delorean DMC-12 were among the highest achievers from a record number of 190 car and 94 motorcycle lots.

The 1955 XK140 drophead coupe had one previous owner since 1974 and was believed to have covered only 66,000 miles on its original engine. It was expected to sell for £64,000, but eventually found a new home for just over £100,000.

A well-cared for Lamborghini Espada also proved extremely popular, selling for just over £90,000 – £35,000 above estimate. The 1970 grand tourer had been restored in the 1990s under the guardianship of the previous owner, who kept it for 26 years.

A time-warp Delorean with just 24 miles on its clock soared way past its upper estimate of £39,000 to just over £56,000. It was the last DMC-12 built, and has never been registered or driven on the road; it spent its first 18 years stored at a car dealership in Newark, New Jersey.

A diminutive Messerschmitt KR200 bubble car also far exceeded expectations, selling for nearly £23,000 – almost £10,000 above estimate. The two-seater convertible had virtually unmarked cream paint and showed just 6,500 miles on its speedo.

A 1965 Sunbeam Tiger proved even more popular than that, outstripping its estimate by £13,000 to sell for more than £35,000. An ex-press car it was used in its first year in the Laurence Olivier film Bunny Lake is Missing.

There were some bargains among the more modern classics on offer. A one-family owned 1995 Mercedes-Benz S500 with extensive history and 78,000 miles was snapped up for just £880. A three-owner, full-service-history Porsche 928 S4 was sold below its £6,000 lower estimate, and a low-mileage 1980 Suzuki SC100 ‘Whizzkid’ with no reserve went for just under £2,000.

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By Claire Evans

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