The entry list for Barons’ sale at Sandown Park on September 15th features an eclectic mix of cars spanning 10 decades, turning the saleroom into something of a ‘pop-up’ motoring museum.
The sale is headlined by an extremely rare 1936 Alvis Speed 20 SD drophead coupé with Vanden Plas coachwork. One of five such examples built, just three are believed to still be in existence, and this is the only car of its type registered in the membership list of the Alvis Owner Club. It comes with a complete record of owners since its manufacture nearly 80 years ago, and still drives very well and performs strongly. Estimate: £100,000-£130,000.
Another rarity is the unrestored, highly original 1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal V8 Bertone Coupé, which has covered just 38,000 miles in over 40 years, and has been barn-stored since 2011. Whilst the bodywork is in need of renovation, the car is in excellent mechanical health, thanks to the careful nurturing of its three owners, and the all-important Type 33 engine howls into life at the first turn of the key. Estimate: £21,000-£25,000.
Classic commercial vehicles have become highly collectable in recent years, and the 1962 Austin A55 Half Ton on offer at Barons is just the type of machine to catch a collector’s eye, not least because it has covered just 3,700 miles from new and even runs on its original Dunlop cross-ply tyres! It was purchased new by the vendor’s father, who had a provisional licence, so only drove it when accompanied. The only items which have been changed on the vehicle since 1962 are the exhaust, service items and the rear brake shoes. Estimate: £18,000-£22,000.
The name ‘Auto Union’ immediately conjures up images of those legendary Silver Arrows race cars of the inter-War era. However, there’s an Auto Union of a rather different type in the sale – a 1964 1000S De Luxe. A ‘must’ for Audi fans, this very rare car runs on a mixture of petrol and oil, thanks to its two-stroke engine. Estimate: £7,500-£9,000.
The 1973 Opel Manta 1.9 Berlinetta is another rare beast, particularly in such immaculate condition. Prior to its current ownership it had been the hands of one family since new, and had stood in a barn for nearly three decades before the vendor acquired it. He has re-manufactured the car from its bare component form, and a complete portfolio of the work is provided with this ‘better than new’ car. Estimate £12,000-£15,000.
The Ford marque is particularly well represented in the September 15th sale, with some fine examples from 1917 to 1987. The oldest Ford on offer is the 1917 Model T – in black, naturally! The estimate for this sprightly machine, which is just two years off its centenary, is £10,500-£12,500. Its fellow Fords include the 1955 Consul £5,500-£7,000, 1963 Anglia 105E (£7,000-£9,000), 1983 Cortina Mk 5 1.6 Crusader and 1987 Escort 1.4L. The Cortina has just 10,000 miles on the clock, and the Escort has 11,000. These cars carry estimates of £3,500-£4,500 and £3,000-£4,500 respectively.
And a Ford of a very different nature can be found in the form of the head-turning 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback GT350 Hertz tribute car, which was painstakingly restored by Hurst Mustang in California just 3,700 miles ago. Estimate: £33,000-£37,000.