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Full Preview: Historics August 2014, Brooklands

Historics has lined up an enticing mix of affordable and exotic lots for its 30 August sale at its usual Brooklands venue. Among the rarer cars on offer is a 1969 De Tomaso Mangusta with a lower estimate of £210,000. The 4.9-litre Italo-American supercar offers a counterpoint to recent bevy of Ferrari sales, though Historics has a small number of Ferrari included in its lot list.

Prime among the Ferraris on offer from Historics is a 1972 Dino 246 GT finished in Giallo Fly yellow to five some respite from the red sea at Monterey’s recent auctions. An original UK right-hand drive car, this Dino has been fully restored and comes from long-term ownership, so the estimate of £190,000 to £220,000 looks entirely achievable.

Another established certainty is the Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupe on offer with an estimate of £105,000 to £115,000. Built in 1952 and originally sold new in the USA, this car has had a full restoration and looks good value in the face of rising prices for all things 911.

A number of Jaguar E-types appear in Historics catalogue, but there are also four Jaguar XJS models of varying ages and types. The XJS is now attracting greater interest in the wake of steeper E-type prices and most intriguing from Historics’ lots is an XJR-S model with 6.0-litre V12 engine. However, a 1985 V12 coupe being sold at no reserve could offer a low cost way into classic Jaguar ownership and the promise of increasing values as this model gains popularity.

Mercedes is also well represented in Historics’ sale with plenty of R113 Pagoda SLs and no less than nine R107 SLs of different ages and engines sizes. Disproving the idea that all R107 SL prices have moved beyond the affordable end of the market is Historics’ 1984 SL380 in pleasingly original metallic Sea Blue. It comes complete with hard-top, full history and in good condition for an estimate of £4000 to £7000.

If you don’t want to be part of the SL herd, how about being a Ferret owner? Historics has a 1964 Daimler Ferret Scout Car on offer with an estimate of £9500 to £12,500. It has been treated to some additional chrome brightwork from a previous life as a promotional vehicle, but this could be removed and it comes with original radio helmets for the commander to talk to the driver.

Other unusual lots include a 1950 Bedford OB bus that has been converted into a motorhome with very modern interior, which is estimated at £70,000 to £90,000, and an ex-police 1964 Daimler SP250 Dart that has its original bell for £45,000 to £50,000.

If four wheel doesn’t float your boat, Historics also had a 1966 Glastron Bat Boat in its entry list. Imported from the USA, this replica Bat Boat has a Mer-Cruiser engine, flashing red light and Bat accessories for an estimate of £36,000 to £42,000.

By Al Suttie

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