With a diverse and impressive range of cars already consigned, the early entries for Barons’ Autumn Classic (October 27th, Sandown Park) indicate that the auction house’s strong run of sales in 2015 is set to continue.
The sale is headed by a very fine 1962 Bentley Continental S2, which was built for the celebrated musician, nightclub owner and bandleader Edmundo Ros, a huge star worldwide from the 1940s to his retirement in the 1970s. Once a familiar sight around the streets of Knightsbridge, London, this handsome Tudor grey Bentley has been the subject of considerable restoration, and comes complete with a comprehensive history file, including original Bentley build sheets and correspondence with Edmundo Ros. Estimate: £85,000-£105,000.
The Bentley is followed by a magnificent, concours-winning 1965 Series One E-type Jaguar convertible, which spent most of its life in New York, returning to the UK in June 2014. Estimate: £70,000-£90,000. The sale also features a later E-type – a 1971 S3 V12 FHC – which has had a superb bare metal respray. Estimate: £23,000-£27,000.
Early entries also include a very rare 1984 AC 3000 ME, which has covered less than 10,000 miles in over 30 years. Offered in ‘time-warp’ condition, it is believed to be one of the last half-dozen cars to leave the famous Thames Ditton factory. It is chassis number 176, and the final chassis number was 182. Complete with its original registration number 1984 ME, it carries an estimate of £20,000-£40,000.
Italian Prancing Horse glamour comes in the form of a 1984 Ferrari 400i convertible with just 16,600 miles on the clock and a head-turning 1996 F355 GTS. Estimates: £39,000-£45,000 and £45,000 to £55,000 respectively.
Other notable early lots include an immaculate Citroen 2CV which was totally restored at a cost of nearly £12,000 back in 2007. Prior to restoration it was a one-owner barn-find, discovered in France, and it is believed to date from 1957 at the latest, as it bears the original ripple bonnet and a hood that descends to the rear bumper, a feature which wasn’t available after 1957. Estimate: £7,000-£9,000.