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Lotus Cortina sparks bidding battle at Barons

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1964 Lotus Cortina

1964 Lotus Cortina

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.

1965 E-type roadster

1965 E-type roadster

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.

Year   Make   Model    Sold @ 1964 Ford Lotus Cortina MKI £48,172 1965 Jaguar E-type S1 4.2 Roadster £36,000 1965 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III £30,000 1968 Triumph TR250 £19,612 1970 Jaguar E-type S2 2+2 Coupe £17,932 1971 Triumph TR6 £14,572 1978 Leyland Mini – ‘WNR 30S’ rally car £12,332 1972 Alfa Romeo 1600 GT Junior £12,332 1933 Ford Roadster £12,000 1973 Bentley TI £10,294 1980 Porsche 911 3.0 SC £8,692 1976 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider Veloce £8,412 1978 Jaguar XJ6L 4.2 S2 £7,292 1958 Jaguar MkI 3.4 SE Saloon £6,508 1988 Bentley Turbo R £5,164 2002 BMW M3 Convertible £5,052 1990 Mercedes 500SL Convertible £4,828 1989 Jaguar XJS V12 Convertible £4,492 1979 Mercedes 350SEL £4,380 1993 Rover Mini Cooper £4,350 1979 Mercedes 450SLC £4,156 1994 Jaguar XJS 6.0 Coupe £4,044 1963 Jaguar MKII 3.8 Saloon £4,044 1962 Morris Mini Minor Deluxe £2,812 1989 Mercedes 420SE £2,140 1992 Volkswagen Corrado VR6 £1,916 2003 MG TF Convertible £1,804 1960 Austin Gypsy £1,392 1993 Mercedes CE Sporting £1,192 Bentley Suitcases £324.50