June 11th sees the summer sale for Historics at the legendary Brooklands Museum in Surrey and we have picked out five gems worth taking a closer look at on the day.
1967 Jaguar E-Type S1½ 2+2 Fixedhead Coupe
In recent years E-Types have risen very strongly in the markets and it’s the iconic car that Enzo Ferrari himself admitted was beautiful. This 2+2 presented in Signal Red with cream leather hide is a great example of the classic. What really stands out is that this is a really usable car with a couple of modern touches including iPod connectivity to make this a car that can be used and enjoyed whilst appreciating in value. At just £30,000 – £40,000 this is a car that represents extremely good value. There’s no doubt the E-Type will continue to appreciate but at this price you can afford to enjoy the car at the same time.
2002 Aston Martin Vanquish (V12)
The Vanquish is still a bargain. £69,000 – £76,000 is nothing for this iconic modern classic designed by Ian Callum, now head of design at Jaguar. This car is just 27,000 miles from new, three former keepers and a main dealer with service history. Skye Silver is the colour to have a Vanquish in and the contrasting Charcoal and Ivory leather will really set the car off. The car has been part of a large collection and carefully looked after in recent years. A great British icon ready to appreciate nicely.
1973 Lancia Fulvia Sport 1600 Zagato
These are pretty little cars and the Zagato body is a classic shape. Just 800 of the sport models where manufactured and in their period these cars saw success at races like the 24 hours of Daytona and the Sebring 12 hours. Condition is described as 10/10, so this car is ready to roll down the Kings Road or the Italian Ligure in unrivalled style. £30,000 – £35,000 is a snip for such a classic car that will turn heads anywhere.
1965 Bristol 408 Mark II
Bristols rarely come to market and are often later cars, here we have a lovely Mark II 408 with a 5.2 litre Chrysler V8 engine coupled to a three speed Torqueflite automatic gearbox. Only 17 Mark II’s were made and this is the tenth finished in Oxford Blue with black hide. This is a very well maintained car and at just £35,000 – £45,000 will be sure to steadily rise in value if looked after.
1989 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5 16V Cosworth
A direct rival for the BMW E30 M3 the Cosworth developed Mercedes 190E 2.5 was a car so many ignored and even today the prices are a fraction of the BMWs. While it wasn’t out and out as raw as the BMW it was still a very capable car and went on in Evo spec to beat the BMW M3 in the DTM race series.
Ayrton Senna also famously raced one in a special one-off event. There’s lots to love and at 14-18k they are still a great investment. This is a later car with full leather Recaro interior and solid service history and a detailed restoration programme. Buy it, store it, make some money.
About the Author
Tim Hutton has been involved in the automotive industry for 17 years, creating ideas and content for premium brands. When not writing about cars, you will find him driving them all around the world. Having learned to drive at seven in a racing car, petrol is very much in his veins.
All photo credits: © 2016 Historics at Brooklands