The two headline cars both found new homes, as the magnificent Le Mans-specification 1956 Austin-Healey 100/4 sold for £43,600, while the 1958 Jaguar XK150 drophead coupé achieved £40,250.
Really good cars will always find buyers and the Austin Healey could not be faulted. It had been meticulously restored and was beautifully presented. The XK150 was a nice example, which had been extensively restored from a bare chassis, but it had been equipped with non-standard transmission and other upgrades which can put off the purist, and that was reflected in the price achieved. However, there was a lot of interest in it and with a bit of TLC it will make a splendid car.
The 100/4 had undergone a 10-year rebuild, starting as a rolling shell and a box of parts, with the owner photocopying the entire parts manual and replacing or reconditioning every single part. We displayed it on a large mirror, so that those in the saleroom could judge the quality of the work – even underneath the car – for themselves.
The “quality always sells” point was further proved by the outstanding 1997 Aston Martin DB7 coupé in the Prestige section, which sold for a top estimate at £21,250.
Many of the lots that sold were what could be termed ‘drivers’ cars’, not necessarily immaculate but in good condition, excellent runners and definitely something that the new buyers will derive a lot of driving pleasure from. These included a bright yellow 1972 Triumph TR6 (£8,390), a 1964 Series One Jaguar E-type fixed head (£20,685) and a 1961 Jaguar Mark II (£14,200).
Barons Sandown Park Auction Results
1956 Austin Healey 100 /4 Le Mans £43,594
1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 DHC £40,241
1997 Aston Martin DB7 Coupe £21,244
1964 Jaguar E-Type S1 FHC £20,685
1961 Jaguar MKII 3.8 Saloon £14,204
1978 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II £12,863
1972 Triumph TR6 £8,393
1970 Jensen Interceptor II £8,057
1969 Daimler V8 250 Saloon £6,940
1996 Rover Mini Cooper Sport £6,716
1955 Lincoln (Ford) Capri Sedan £6,158
1977 Bristol 412 £6,046
1967 Austin Healey Sprite MKIV £5,878
1992 Jaguar XJS 4.0 £5,375
1960 Vauxhall Velox £4,481
1971 MG (BL) Midget MKIII £4,258
1976 Mercedes 350SL £3,699
1986 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit £3,364
1965 Panhard BT 24 £3,029
1981 Daimler (Jaguar) S3 VDP £2,805
1990 Mercedes 300CE £2,805
1995 Mercedes E220 £2,526
1995 Mercedes E320 £2,470
1955 Lambretta LD125 £2,246
1994 Daimler (Jaguar) 4.0 Saloon £1,911
1989 Toyota Supra 3.0 Turbo £1,743
1972 BMC Vanden Plas 1300 Princess £1,588
1975 Datsun 260Z £1,338
1989 TVR S2 Convertible £988
1982 Porsche 924 Cabriolet £888
Registration Number 296 ENV £782
Entries are now invited for our Classic, Collectors’ & Sports Car sale on March 22nd – 23rd and the Jaguar 75th Anniversary sale on April 26th/27th – both at Sandown Park.
Cars already consigned for March include an early, RHD, 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto Boat Tail, which has been in the same ownership for 22 years, covered a mere 40,600 miles and been maintained to the highest standards, while the Jaguar Anniversary sale line-up already includes an SSI coupé, a very rare XK150SE DHC Auto and a Vicarage built S3 E-type.