August 29th sees the next Historics auction at the world famous Brooklands Museum, home of the world’s first ever purpose-built, banked motor race circuit. After the hedonistic excitement that was Pebble Beach here is an opportunity to make some shrewd investments without the world watching you. We have hand-picked a few character cars that should only increase in value and return great driving enjoyment.
First on the list is this 2004 Mercedes-Benz CL 65 AMG. While its subtle looks might not grab you, what if we said that the engine in this car is the same layout as fitted to the current Pagani Huayra! In 2004 the list price for this car was a rather steep £142,453.20, today its estimate is just £10,000 – £14,000, good value when you’re not the person taking that initial depreciation hit! Under 40 units were sold in the UK and only 777 worldwide making this car a rarer sight than a Porsche 918. This particular example is in excellent order with a stamped service history, most recently updated at Mercedes-Benz Ascot where the car also sailed through its MOT. This car is a great investment, just don’t be surprised if there’s a bit of a bidding war.
Zagato are famed for their wild body designs and the SZ is is no exception. This 1990 Alfa Romeo SZ ‘Il Mostro’ was a real ‘Marmite’ car when unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1989. Based on the Alfa Romeo 75, just over 1000 SZs were built, all but one in red, with a grey roof and a tan leather interior. While this car isn’t completely original, it is excellent value at £20,000 – £24,000 with just 58,000km on the odometer. Supplied with a SZ number plate and an indoor silk car cover, this is a great opportunity to add a brutalist styled, Zagato bodied, Italian classic to your collection.
If you really want to turn heads down Bond Street then this is the car for you. One of the first ever Jaguars. SS Cars Ltd was founded out of the Swallow Sidecar company and gradually started to create two-seater bodies to fit Austin and Morris cars. In 1931 Swallow launched its own car, the SS1. The real talking point of these cars was the value of them, when they looked so beautiful. Something that stayed true for many years with cars like the Jaguar E-Type that sold for far less than the equivalent Ferrari of the time. So, here we have an immaculate 1937 SS Jaguar 2.5 litre saloon. Comprehensively restored in 2002 and then displayed in a museum for 12 years the car was recently purchased and brought back to England where it has been fully registered and comes with 10 months MOT. At an estimate of £40,000 – £45,000 this is surely a car that will continue to strengthen in value and will never go out of fashion.
Finally keeping the British theme running is this gorgeous 1975 Bristol 411 Series 4. Here is a car that is perhaps not for everyone, but for those who know, it is an opportunity to acquire one of the coolest cars you can buy. Why so? Well it’s the last British-owned luxury car brand – yes they still exist today. Bristol owners tend to be extremely wealthy and discreet with only the most stylish of celebrities owning them. The headquarters are in Kensington, in fact you will have probably spotted their showroom at the bottom of Kensington High Street. So what is a 411 Series 4? Well it’s powered by a 6.5-litre Chrysler V8 and capable of a top speed well over 140mph. This particular example is in fine condition and has a Tidal Sand Gold exterior with contrasting black Connolly hide interior. £29,000 – £32,000 is the estimate for one of the coolest badges in the business.
“Once again, the Historics team has done an excellent job assembling a tremendous consignment of fine classic cars to our late Summer auction… As ever, we have aimed to represent the wide spectrum of interest across the classic community in terms of marque, year and value of consigned cars and I sincerely hope there is something that attracts your gaze. I hope to see you there.”
Edward Bridger-Stille – Auction Director, Historics at Brooklands’
This is just a sample of the 130 vehicles that will be offered at the Historics sale at Brooklands Museum on Saturday 29th August. For further information and images visit www.historics.co.uk