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Mini and Porsche make strong money at Historics’ late summer sale

Among the 120-plus classics on offer at Historics’ late summer sale were some seriously tempting top-end cars and plenty of affordable classics. Two cars that stood out were a 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera that sold for more than £110,000, and a 1966 Mini Cooper S that topped £34,000.  

The 1966 Mini Cooper S 1275 was restored by John Baker in 2007-2008. A highly genuine car, it had been owned by the vendor since 1978, and was believed to have covered only 43,000 miles from new. It sold for £34,100 – more than £10,000 above its upper estimate.

The 911 was bought by Porsche Brooklands in 2013 in response to a challenge from Porsche GB to buy a project and restore it. The nut-and-bolt restoration was completed in time for the car to be displayed at the NEC Classic Car Show in November 2014. Described as ‘arguably the finest 911 Carrera Targa in the world’, the Porsche sold for £113,300.


A one-owner, unrestored Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud 3 also proved popular. The 1963 car was stored from 1980 until late 2014 when it was recommissioned and gained a new MoT. It was snapped up for £17,820.

Later classics also sold well, including a 1984 1984 Lotus Esprit Turbo, which went for £17,050, and a rare Toyota Land Cruiser HJ47 pick-up that made £15,950.

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By Claire Evans

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