Saturday 3 November 2012

Auction watch: Historics at Brooklands, 24 November

Historics at Brooklands has its last sale of 2012 at the end of November, and is looking to finish the year on a high. The lot list for the sale continues to grow – it is approaching 100 – and there’s plenty of action for those with an AROnline taste in cars.

Most of you will know that it is AROnline’s settled position that the Vauxhall Cavalier Mk1 is the best British-badged mid-sized saloon of the 1970s, but probably a few less will know that this car was also something of a Capri-beater in period, too. The Cavalier was available in Coupe and Sportshatch form, both of which were essentially Opel Mantas in a more sober suit for those who didn’t need to be quite so obvious…

Historics is offering a very nice Coupe in its sale. It’s a 2000GLS automatic has only had two owners from new and has covered less than 1000 miles since 1995, with a total mileage of 79,600. The seller has described the engine and gearbox to be in ‘excellent condition throughout and driving beautifully when warmed up’. This Vauxhall car comes with V5C registration document, the old V5 registration document showing the ownership change, an MoT test certificate from 1995 with the mileage of 78,707 and second MoT certificate dated 2006 when the mileage was 79,547. Estimate is a salty £2800-3800, and expect bidding to peter out before this…

Of more interest, though is this wonderful curio, for those who love Rover P6s (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) Genuine US-spec models are as rare as rot-free Rover 100s in the UK, so this ex-California car (estimate £7000-9000) is going to attract significant interest. The Rover P6 Nada was restored in 2001, and is fitted with a 3.9-litre engine for a little extra urgency. As it’s an ex-California car, and will have been fitted with significant anti-smog gear, it probably needed a little help. It’s an award-winning example of a great car, and for those who like the US specification changes, well worth a closer look.

Other cars that attracted our interest at the sale include a 1961 Standard Vanguard Vignale £4250-7500), and a 1978 Jaguar XJ-C by Lynx Engineering. The sale catalogue is online, all estimates and details included.

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