With three sales in five weeks, Barons has a busy time ahead in June and July, and the Barons team has amassed some superb entries. The intense auction action kicks off with British Heritage, Classic and Sports Cars at Sandown Park on June 4th, and is followed by the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club Automobilia and Motor Car sales at Burghley House on June 25th. Completing the trio is Barons’ inaugural Connoisseurs’ Classic Car Collection event at Tattersalls at Newmarket on July 12th.
Sandown Park, June 4th
Entries for June 4th include an immaculate, ‘time-warp’ 1985 5.3l Jaguar XJ-S TWR. In ‘as-new’ condition, this one-owner car has covered less than 30,000 miles, having been stored, unused, since 1990. It offers a remarkable opportunity for a Jaguar collector, at an estimate of £16,000-£19,000.
The 1959 Jaguar Mk IX is a handsome beast, resplendent in two-tone green paint. Once part of the collection of the former Lord Mayor of London, Sir Anthony Joliffe, it used to be on display at his private motor museum in Buckinghamshire. Estimate: £17,000-£21,000.
The 1929 Dennis Flat Bed Lorry, which started life with Trowbridge Dairies, would make an unusual and charismatic London to Brighton Run machine – certainly one could take quite a picnic on the flat bed! Estimate: £14,000-£17,000.
Keeping to the British Heritage element of the sale there is also the head-turning, red 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 FHC £32,000-£34,000), the stylish 1965 Austin Healey BJ8 £33,000-£37,000), and the 1965 Triumph TR4A IRS restoration project, which is awaiting an enthusiastic new owner to return it to the road (£6,000-£8,000).
The outstanding 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray, with 5,000cc of pure American muscle power under the bonnet, has an estimate of £43,000-£47,000, and another American beauty going under the hammer is the rare, right-hand drive 1939 Chrysler Royal (£10,000-£15,000). In spite of its US marque, this was actually assembled in the UK, at the Chrysler factor in Kew, so still qualifies as ‘British heritage’!
The three-owner, 1979 Ferrari 308 GTB was originally bought as a rather splendid 40th birthday present. By 1997 it was in the hands of its third owner (the son of the second) but, rarely used, it has been kept almost full time in storage since then, only being taken out to be serviced or used a few times a year. Estimate: £65,000-£80,000.
Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club at Burghley House, June 25th
This is the first time Barons has held a sale at the RREC’s hugely-popular annual international gathering at beautiful Burghley House. The auction starts with an automobilia sale, featuring dozens of items to gladden the heart of any Rolls-Royce or Bentley owner. There is a vast range on offer, including the Royal Warrant for H. J. Mulliner, signed by Queen Mary in 1938 (£1,000-£1,500) and even a Triang Sharna Corniche pedal car which is still boxed and has never been sat in (£1,500-£2,000).
A fine array of Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars is being brought together for the car auction. Entries so far include the 1962 Bentley Continental S2 built for the then world-famous Big Band leader Edmundo Ros (£85,000-£105,000) and a beautiful 1965 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur (£115,000-£135,000).
Early vehicles in the sale include the 1926 Phantom 1 Open Tourer Pullman De Ville by Barker previous owned by Lord David Sainsbury (£90,000-£110,000) and the gloriously Art Deco 1936 Bentley Vanvooren Closed Body 4 Seater Pillarless Saloonwhich has only ever been registered to its original owner, Monsieur Jean Paul Boucheron of Paris (£80,000-£100,000).
Barons’ Connoisseurs’ Classic Car Collection, Tattersalls, July 12th
Not surprisingly, the entries for Barons’ inaugural sale at the world’s oldest bloodstock auctioneers boast a fine pedigree themselves.
The pristine 1955 Bentley S1 was ordered new by Jack Barclay for the 1955 Earls Court Motor Show. Originally a saloon, it was subsequently converted, at vast expense and using all-aluminium panel work to a stunning two-door convertible. Estimate: £235,000-£265,000.
The 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II is highly original and has travelled just 29,000 miles. In wonderful condition, it carries an estimate of £380,000-£450,000.
The 1954 Bentley Continental R-Type Fastback on offer at Tattersalls is also very original. Used on a regular basis, it has been in the same family ownership for over 40 years. £750,000-£1,000,000.
Other early entries for Barons at Tattersalls at Newmarket include four iconic Ferraris with strong appeal for Ferrari collectors and investment buyers alike – a 1971 Dino 246 GT (£250,000-£320,000), 1971 365 GTB Daytona (£410,000-£510,000), 1965 330 GT 2+2 (£220,000-£270,000) and a 1989 F40 (£720,000-£820,000).