Classic Car Auction Report – 13 July 2018

Sale report and prices from our 2018 auction — our most exciting and successful Classic Car Auction to date.


2018 marked the sixth year in which we have run our annual classic car auction. Our first, in 2013 was a huge success and since then the crowds have got bigger and bigger and the interest even greater — so much so that even our CEO had his new camera on the rostrum!

You can see several photos from the day on our dedicated Facebook Page.

To make a good auction you need a good catalogue of entries, and ‘oh boy’ we produced one this year and a huge enthusiastic crowd created an exciting buzz on auction day. We estimate that around 800 to 1,000 people attended on the day.

James Johnson

Finding entries is a real challenge but one I absolutely relish. Meeting fellow enthusiast owners and their cars in the months leading up to the auction is very important in understanding the history of their prized cars and also advising on the prices they will achieve. I am very lucky to thoroughly enjoy my job and talk to nice people about a shared passion.

James Johnson, Associate Director / Auctioneer

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Auction Highlights

Below are some highlights and insights into this years entry list.

1935 Lagonda M45 Pillarless saloon

Where do I start with this car, entered by the widow and sons of its local proud owner who purchased it in 1952.  This was a truly magnificent find that any auction house in the world would be proud of, and one that I will certainly talk about for years to come.  As Classic Cars Magazine put it in their feature of the car coming to Hobbs Parker Classic Auctions “With genuine 90mph performance these were some of the fastest closed cars of their day and to find such an original, few owners example is highly unusual”.

The car had been hidden away from the world, barn stored since at least the 1970’s, the car first came to my attention in the summer of 2012 on a walk back from the railway station with the owner’s son after that year’s Olympic Games.  It was on my radar and last October the phone call came, ‘would you like to come and see the Lagonda’. It was a beautiful, unmolested barn find in the true sense of the words, it needed a lot of work, the true extent of body restoration costs not known until stripped down, the 4467cc Meadows engine needing a full rebuild. By February of this year, it was a confirmed classic car auction entry and national marketing followed shortly. There was huge interest in the Lagonda, an appealing guide price whetting many an appetite.  Bidding was keen and the Lagonda achieved £41,000 + Buyers premium.

1962 – Porsche 356 B

Another local car, from Hythe, this one very much a cherished and useable classic, the Porsche had started life in Bologna, Italy, then spending a great deal of its life in America, the current owner imported it in 2013 and fulfilled a dream of one day owning a 356.  I was lucky enough to drive the car to the auction and then sell it on auction day for £49,000 + Buyers Premium.

1955 – Land Rover Series 1 88″

Arguably Britain’s most iconic car here was an example of one, the original Land Rover. The owners had used it as their wedding car and were emotionally attached to it. Creating much attention the old Landie made £20,000 + Buyers Premium.  This was one of several Land Rovers sold on the day including two one local-owner Series 2 Land Rovers

There really was something for everyone, 1980’s cars have been hot classic car property for a very long time now and we didn’t disappoint bidders on the lookout for a slice of 80’s nostalgia – a clean 1987 Ford Escort RS Turbo sold for £9,400 + Buyers Premium, along with a rare Manual 1987 Mercedes 190E with a touch over 70,000 miles in reassuringly austere contemporary base trim for £4,000 + Buyers Premium.  A useable but scruffy 1986 Ford Capri 2.8 made £3,600 + Buyers premium as it made its way into its enthusiast owners custodianship.

In the  2017 Classic auction I sold a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow for a local customer, at the back of the same Barn as the Rolls was a 1950 Daimler DB 18 Drophead – unused for twenty years and now in need of restoration, at the time the elderly owner hadn’t made up his mind to sell.  This year he decided to enter it and this handsome 1940’s convertible made £7,200 + Buyers Premium.

In the year they won the Football World Cup, there was a healthy selection of France most iconic cars and Vans.  A 1978 Citroen AK 400 van ( that’s a 2CV van) that had spent most of its life in the dry Spanish climate made £5,600 + Buyers Premium,  a 1977 locally supplied one owner Renault 4 garage find restoration project made £800 + Buyers Premium.  To compliment them was a beautiful 1988 Citroen 2CV Dolly, the car had been driven by the previous owner from Limoges and went on to make £5,600 + Premium under the hammer as well as another Renault 4 and Renault 4 van.

It’s funny how each year produces a lot of one particular car or a shortage of another, this year we had a shortage of Mini’s, most years we’re teeming with them, a couple of years ago I couldn’t find any MGB’s this year we had a good selection including a 1964 MG V8 Roadster and a rare MG RV8.

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Auction Results

Note: All prices include the buyer’s premium.

1962 Porsche 356

Lot 956 - 320 UYF

Sold for £53,900

1962 Porsche 356

1945 Lagonda M45

Lot 945 - AKD 813

Sold for £45,100

1945 Lagonda M45

1996 Ford Escort RS Cosworth

Lot 995 - N675 EYB

Sold for £28,050

1996 Ford Escort RS Cosworth

1955 Land Rover Series 1

Lot 955 - VSV 763

Sold for £22,000

1955 Land Rover Series 1

1994 MG RV8

Lot 938 - M804 OBD

Sold for £15,950

1994 MG RV8

1928 Dodge Victory

Lot 916 - DS 8781

Sold for £13,420

1928 Dodge Victory

1934 Morris Minor 2 Seat Tourer

Lot 950 - BPB 357

Sold for £10,670

1934 Morris Minor 2 Seat Tourer

1988 Ford Escort RS Turbo

Lot 985 - E168 XKL

Sold for £10,340

1988 Ford Escort RS Turbo

1964 MG B V8

Lot 987 - BDE 110B

Sold for £10,340

1964 MG B V8

1994 Range Rover 4.2 LSE

Lot 957 - L10 KBW

Sold for £8,800

1994 Range Rover 4.2 LSE

1990 Jaguar XJR-S

Lot 913 - G69 UAM

Sold for £8,250

1990 Jaguar XJR-S

1950 Daimler DB 18

Lot 948 - GOW 320

Sold for £7,920

1950 Daimler DB 18

1933 Hillman Minx

Lot 974 - ATW 166

Sold for £7,480

1933 Hillman Minx

1983 VW Golf GTI MK 1

Lot 920 - A289 NTR

Sold for £7,150

1983 VW Golf GTI MK 1

1978 Citroen AK 400

Lot 926 - AUE 689S

Sold for £6,160

1978 Citroen AK 400

1988 Citroen 2CV Dolly

Lot 928 - E91 NFH

Sold for £6,160

1988 Citroen 2CV Dolly

1970 MG B

Lot 910 - BUV 213H

Sold for £5,995

1970 MG B

1974 Triumph Stag

Lot 917 - TPJ 615M

Sold for £5,390

1974 Triumph Stag

1966 Land Rover Series 2A

Lot 906 - FKP 871D

Sold for £4,785

1966 Land Rover Series 2A

1998 Mercedes SL 320

Lot 971 - MCZ 4288

Sold for £4,730

1998 Mercedes SL 320

1995 Mercedes SL 280

Lot 977 - M931 UTM

Sold for £4,510

1995 Mercedes SL 280

1987 Mercedes 190 E

Lot 923 - E112 VFJ

Sold for £4,400

1987 Mercedes 190 E

1964 Lambretta L1 150

Lot 978 - DGW 319B

Sold for £4,290

1964 Lambretta L1 150

1984 Ford Capri

Lot 1004 - A878 LRE

Sold for £3,960

1983 Porsche 924

Lot 924 - A619 OPW

Sold for £3,960

1983 Porsche 924

1993 BMW 850 CI

Lot 989 - K633 WUT

Sold for £3,740

1993 BMW 850 CI

1979 VW Transporter

Lot 992 - T20001

Sold for £3,630

1979 VW Transporter

1972 Land Rover Series 3

Lot 963 - EKK 985K

Sold for £3,410

1972 Land Rover Series 3

1974 Fiat 500

Lot 922 - FRB 309L

Sold for £2,970

1974 Fiat 500

1928 Austin 7 Fabric Saloon

Lot 949 - YC 5791

Sold for £2,970

1928 Austin 7 Fabric Saloon

1979 Renault 4 Van

Lot 953 - ETH 626V

Sold for £2,970

1979 Renault 4 Van

1986 Ford Escort Cabriolet

Lot 1002 - C318 TPG

Sold for £2,805

1986 Ford Escort Cabriolet

1993 Mercedes 190 E

Lot 927 - L54 TGH

Sold for £2,750

1993 Mercedes 190 E

1982 Renault 4

Lot 933 - URM 669X

Sold for £2,750

1982 Renault 4

2002 Ford Mondeo

Lot 954 - LK52 CKX

Sold for £2,750

2002 Ford Mondeo

1989 Ford Escort Cabriolet

Lot 1000 - G140 VRO

Sold for £2,365

1989 Ford Escort Cabriolet

1990 Ford Escort Cabriolet

Lot 904 - G656 XRY

Sold for £2,255

1990 Ford Escort Cabriolet

1990 Mercedes 190 E

Lot 942 - G737 WKK

Sold for £2,200

1990 Mercedes 190 E

1986 Toyota MR2

Lot 915 - C735 MHG

Sold for £2,090

1986 Toyota MR2

1992 Toyota Hi-Lux

Lot 959 - J911 VSX

Sold for £2,090

1992 Toyota Hi-Lux

1979 MGB GT

Lot 902 - GFJ 151V

Sold for £1,980

1979 MGB GT

1979 VW T2 Camper

Lot 946 - GVW 400T

Sold for £1,980

1979 VW T2 Camper

1984 Piaggio Vespa

Lot 979 - A719 WEV

Sold for £1,650

1984 Piaggio Vespa

1987 BMW 316

Lot 1003 - D574 JCL

Sold for £1,540

1987 BMW 316

1958 Land Rover Series 2

Lot 940 - 648 DKR

Sold for £1,595

1958 Land Rover Series 2

1960 Land Rover Series 2

Lot 941 - FYC 203C

Sold for £1,485

1960 Land Rover Series 2

1998 Volvo S70R

Lot 907 - R421 KAB

Sold for £1,210

1998 Volvo S70R

1999 MGF

Lot 951 - V68 FKW

Sold for £1,210

1999 MGF

1990 BMW 318i Touring

Lot 918 - H965 BNA

Sold for £1,100

1990 BMW 318i Touring

1977 Renault 4

Lot 921 - SKK 408R

Sold for £900

1977 Renault 4

1994 Jaguar Sovereign

Lot 980 - L801 FPK

Sold for £900

1994 Jaguar Sovereign

1990 Nissan Micra

Lot 983 - G327 TPN

Sold for £800

1990 Nissan Micra

1997 Saab 9000 CSE

Lot 965 - P715 URF

Sold for £750

1997 Saab 9000 CSE

1992 Honda Prelude

Lot 901 - J144 DCD

Sold for £650

1992 Honda Prelude

2001 Peugeot 406 Coupe

Lot 986 - Y496 LJB

Sold for £600

2001 Peugeot 406 Coupe

1983 Talbot Samba

Lot 991 - MGK 847Y

Sold for £400

1983 Talbot Samba

1995 Ford Escort

Lot 988 - M157 LPC

Sold for £400

1995 Ford Escort

1987 VW Golf GTi

Lot 932 - E194 CFG

Sold for £400

1987 VW Golf GTi

1989 Nissan Bluebird

Lot 972 - F378 TNO

Sold for £325

1989 Nissan Bluebird

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