With mince pies and sherry getting them into the festive spirit ahead of the sale, the auction-goers at Barons’ Yuletide Classic (December 17th) were readied for the excellent mix of cars on offer in the vast space that is the Surrey Hall at Sandown Park. The best performer of the day was the 1964 Lotus Cortina, which was fought over tooth and nail by a number of bidders in the auction hall and a nocturnal New Zealand bidder on the telephone, who had risen at 3am to accept Barons’ telephone call. The bidding finally came down to one hall-based customer and the enthusiast in New Zealand and, at £48,172, inc. premium it was the Antipodean bidder who won the day.Not all deals in the auction room happen when the hammer falls, and Barons proved that the ability to conduct post-sale negotiations is a vital skill for any auction house. The much-publicised 1965 E-type roadster – with its season-appropriate registration number ELF 876C – was sold post-sale, but only around 20 minutes after the gavel had gone silent, and a premium inclusive bid of £36,000 secured the car. Next up was another post-auction sale, again within 30 minutes of the auctioneer stepping off the rostrum, when the 1965 Rolls-Royce Cloud III was knocked down for a very respectable £30,000 inclusive bid. The one owner, low mileage TR6 made a respectable £14,572 inc after being bid to £12,000 under the hammer. Much negotiation was required with the car’s only owner but a deal was eventually done.
The beautiful TR250 was sold at £19,612, again after a provisional bid, while the lovely, LHD, Alfa 1600GT Junior attracted a lot of interest and went for £12,332 and the super 2.0 Spider achieved a respectable £8.412.
One of the nicest cars at the sale was the Bentley TI with LPG conversion, which was in excellent shape and had a particularly high quality gas conversion, with the filler nozzle hidden under the petrol filler door and the tank living in the spare wheel carrier. Finished in Ming blue, this car represented excellent value at £10,294.
Other notable prices included £7.292 achieved for the S2 XJ6L, £6,508 for a 1958 ‘barn find’ Jaguar 3.4SE saloon, £17,932 for a Series Two, 2+2 E-type in need of a lot of cosmetic attention and £4,380 paid for a 1979 Mercedes 350SEL in need of a full repaint. And ‘WNR 30S’ – the last Mini ever to take part in an international WRC rally – sold for £12,332.
All prices quoted above include premium and VAT. Barons’ first event for 2014 is the Classic Winter Warmer on the 24th – 25th February at the Esher Hall, Sandown Park, where Barons will be commencing its 16th year of residence.