Historics at Brooklands
Residing at Brooklands Museum, Britain's most evocative motoring arena, Historics auction house is now firmly established for the sale and purchase of the finest historic, classic and sports cars and motoring memorabilia.
The auction house brings together a wealth of specialist motoring experience and with the endorsement from the Brooklands Museum Trust Ltd, aims to preserve and extend the tradition of some of motoring's' most prestigious names.
Historics will welcome the opportunity to offer advice, expertise and enthusiasm to anyone looking to buy or sell any classic car at auction as well as an interest in renowned marques such as Bentley, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce, Porsche and Jaguar.
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After 18 years of secret development, the DS19 was introduced on 5th October 1955 at the Paris Motor Show. In the first 15 minutes of the show, 743 orders were taken and orders for the first day totalled 12,000 cars. To a France still deep in reconstruction after the devastation of World War II, the DS was a symbol of French ingenuity. It was the first mass-production car with front power disc brakes. It also featured hydro pneumatic suspension including an automatic self-levelling system, variable ground clearance, power-steering, a semi-automatic transmission and a fibreglass roof which reduced weight. It also sported inboard front brakes as well as independent suspension. Despite the rather leisurely acceleration afforded by its four-cylinder engine, the DS was successful in motorsports like rallying, where sustained speeds on poor surfaces are paramount. It won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1959 and, controversially in 1966, after the disqualification of the BMC Mini-Cooper team. The Citroën DS placed fifth on Automobile Magazine's '100 Coolest Cars' listing in 2005. It was also named the most beautiful car of all time by Classic & Sports Car magazine after a poll of 20 world-renowned car designers. In 1965, a luxury upgrade to the DS, the Pallas, named after the Greek goddess, was introduced. This included comfort features such as better noise insulation, a more luxurious and optional leather upholstery and external trim embellishments.Read more
- Low estimate
- 22 000 GBP
To celebrate the final chapter of the classic shaped Mini that began life in 1959, a limited edition of 500 cars were produced and named the Rover Mini Cooper Sport 500. The classic Mini shape was retained but had the additional benefits of more modern mechanics and trim details. The best quality hides were used within the interior; the alloy dashboard, window winders and door handles were all a tribute to John Cooper. All of these last 500 cars were finished with Platinum silver roofs and stripes; every new owner also received a special gift with the purchase of the car. The most important item, however, is the certificate stating the car is a genuine Cooper Sport 500 which also bears the chassis number and the signatures of John Cooper and Kevin Howe, the chief executive of the MG Rover Group.Read more
- Low estimate
- 24 000 GBP
One of the oldest British motorcycle manufacturers, the Birmingham Small Arms Company began building bikes with proprietary power as early as 1903 and by 1909 were using their own engines, starting with a 3.5hp belt-driven single. BSA went on to become one of the most successful of all British manufacturers, both on and off the track. A development of the successful A10, BSA's new range of A50 and A65 twins took advantage of unit construction to modernise the packaging of the engine and gearbox in the late 1950s and would remain in production from 1962 until BSA finally went under over a decade later. The two models shared virtually all common parts with the 500cc A50 having a bore of 65.5mm and the larger 650cc A65's bore 75mm. With a new frame came a new name, the so-called 'Power Egg', a reference to the design of the new unit engine and gearbox. The A65 was sold in a myriad of different versions, including the Rocket, Thunderbolt, Lightning, Spitfire, Hornet and Firebird and was steadily improved over the years.Read more
- Low estimate
- 4 500 GBP
The Vespa has evolved from a single model motor scooter manufactured in 1946 by Piaggio to a full line of scooters and one of seven companies today owned by Piaggio. From their inception, Vespa scooters have been known for their painted, pressed steel unibody which combines a complete cowling for the engine (enclosing the engine mechanism and concealing dirt or grease), a flat floorboard (providing foot protection) and a prominent front fairing (providing wind protection) into a single structural unit. Stylish and efficient, they percolate through every strata of life.Read more
The Volkswagen Corrado is a sporty compact car built at the Karmann factory in Osnabrück, Germany. It was designed by Herbert Schäfer and was manufactured between September 1988 and July 1995. Originally conceived as a possible successor to the Porsche 944, the Corrado has 2+2 seating layout with the car's floorpan based on the A2 platform. The Corrado is recognisable by its wedge profile, flush mounted windows and active rear spoiler that raises automatically when the car exceeds 50mph and automatically retracts at speeds below 15mph, it can be manually controlled from a switch in the cockpit. All Corrados were front-wheel drive and featured various petrol engines variants.Auto Expressmagazine describe it as 'as one of VW's best-ever drivers' cars.Read more
W124 is the Mercedes-Benz internal chassis designation reference for the 1985 to 1995 version of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Due to the high cost of German engineering and build quality, the model was designed to last many miles with awards won by high mileage versions. Much of the 124's engineering and many of its features were advanced automotive technology at introduction and incorporated innovations that were adopted throughout the industry. It had one of the lowest coefficients of drag of any vehicle at the time due to its aerodynamic body that included plastic moulding for the undercarriage to streamline airflow beneath the car, reducing fuel consumption and wind noise.Read more
With a name reminiscent of the 500 Mondial race cars from the 1950s, the Ferrari Mondial was a replacement model for the Ferrari 308 GT4. The Mondial was the first Ferrari where the entire engine/gearbox/rear suspension assembly was mounted on a detachable steel subframe, making engine removal for a major rebuild or cylinder head removal much easier than it was on previous models. The steel coachwork was taken care of by Carrozzeria Scaglietti and built over a lightweight steel box section space frame. The Mondial 8 is considered one of the marque's most 'practical' vehicles, due to its 214hp, proven drivetrain, four seats and relatively low cost of maintenance; major services can be performed without removing the entire engine/transmission subframe. Read more
- Low estimate
- 28 000 GBP
The CL Class is the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz car range. It continued to follow the same development cycle as the S-Class though riding on a shorter wheelbase and offered with only the higher-output powertrains. It was the first Mercedes to feature Active Body Control, Bi-Xenon headlights and, on the early V12 models such as this one, it employed Active Cylinder Control. This shut down one bank of cylinders under light engine loads enabling it to achieve better fuel economy than the V8 CL500. Not bad for a car with a six litre V12 developing 367bhp and yielding a Soyuz-launching 0-60mph time of 5.9 seconds. It is as a Grand Tourer that this model is primarily designed for though. With more rear seat space than many executive saloons, a huge boot and a truly cosseting driving environment, the CL is one of the most soothing cars you could hope to take on a long trip. The performance is remarkable and the turbine-smooth V12 is, frankly, epic.Read more
The first Morris Mini Traveller was built on 29th March 1960 but not despatched until 27th July 1960 to Welder Ltd. Unlike Morris Mini saloons, which came out of the Cowley plant, all Travellers were built at Longbridge. The first cars were available in the same paint colours as the Mini Saloons of the time. The interior also matched that of the saloon with a white speedometer housed in a single round cowling and two-tone seats. Costing £623, the estates were available only in a De Luxe trim level which included a recirculating heater, bumper overriders, silver insert round the screen and chrome sill edging, filler cap and wheel trims. Two wing mirrors were fitted as standard, since this was a legal requirement at the time for estate cars, but a rear view mirror was an optional extra, as were seatbelts! The rear floor pressing of the early estates resembled that of an extended saloon with the battery being retained in its traditional Mini location in the boot. One of the most interesting things about the very early Traveller and Countryman cars was the internal fuel tank. It was positioned on the lefthand side in the rear of the car and was trimmed to match the boot. These so-called internal tank cars are easily recognisable by the filler cap being just underneath the rear window on the lefthand side of the car. Production of the internal tank cars was so limited that these have become the most sought after of all Mini estates.Read more
- Low estimate
- 9 000 GBP
Manufactured between 1967 and August 1969, the MG C was intended as a replacement for the Austin Healey 3000. The engines produced 145bhp and were fitted with twin SU carburettors. The body shell was revised around the engine bay and to the floorpan but externally the only differences between the MGB and the MGC were a distinctive bonnet bulge to accommodate the relocated radiator and a discreet teardrop to allow clearances for the carburetors. Read more
Even before he won his first County Art Prize at the age of eight, Paul Karslake was immersed into the Art World. Paul's father, Mike, was a renowned architectural model maker. From Mike, Paul was taught business ethics, form and perspective - attributes so lacking in many of today's working artists. Paul travelled to the United States in the late 1970s for what he imagined would be a three week holiday; he ended up staying four years! Soon after arriving in America, Paul was working for Los Angeles Art Studios, CBS Television and Disney, with whom, years later, he was to work on the Euro Disney Project. In 1990, the Wiggins Group Plc. commissioned Paul to produce a 650 ft. long artwork hoarding for their South Quay site in London Docklands for which he was awarded The Evening Standard Environmental Award. In the same year, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (F.R.S.A.). Under the guidance of Derek Johns, ex-Director of Sotheby's and Old Master dealer in St. James's, Paul decided to further strengthen his ties with the Fine Art market. In 1995, he undertook a commission for some very large still life paintings for the restaurant that became Gordon Ramsay's 'Petrus', in St James's, London. He followed this in 1998 with a solo exhibition at Derek Johns Ltd., in Duke Street, SW1. Paul's depth of talent is further exemplified when viewing his work on other mediums, including design and artwork for the Virgin F1 racing cars and monumental scale commissions on commercial aircraft, coaches and even the Radio 1 roadshow trucks. His paintings of iconic and popular figures, from the likes of The Rolling Stones, Johnny Depp, Sir Michael Caine and Grace Kelly are hanging in the homes of the famous and infamous and form part of many corporate and private collections in the UK and beyond. Paul is passionate about sharing and explaining his skills and takes an active part in supporting children wishing to do work experience, also tutoring at schools and demonstrating at Art Groups. Read more
The Diablo, or 'devil' in Spanish, was built between 1990 and 2001; it was the first Lamborghini capable of attaining a top speed in excess of 200mph. Its power came from a 5.7 litre, 48-valve version of the existing Lamborghini V12 featuring dual overhead cams and computer-controlled multi-point fuel injection, producing a maximum output of 492hp and 428 lb/ft of torque. The vehicle could reach 62mph in about 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 202mph. It was rear wheel drive and the engine was mid-mounted to aid its weight balance. In 1995, this model had a safety car role in Formula 1, most notably at the Canadian Grand Prix where, fortunately, it did not need to be officially deployed. Using a Pontiac Bonneville as the donor car, this Lamborghini Diablo Evocation is remarkably well built using many original Lamborghini parts including seats, lights and parts of the dashboard. The Pontiac 3.8 litre, V6 engine is coupled with an automatic transmission thus alleviating notoriously heavy clutch. With prices for the Lamborghini Diablo on the rise, mainly because it is seen as the last true Lamborghini, a niche market has been created for those who covet the raging bull's aggressive looks and Italian flair without breaking the bank. Offered for sale with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until November 2017.Read more
- Low estimate
- 10 000 GBP
The first 'S-class' Mercedes-Benz arrived in 1968 in the form of the 280 S and 280 SE which were large comfortable sports saloons offering powerful touring capabilities and luxurious interiors with space to seat five occupants. Known as the W108/109 models, they were constructed on 108" wheelbase and the new S-Class saloons were much heavier than earlier models. The styling was updated using a thoroughly modern design featuring the attractive stacked layout of the headlights which was popular during the period. Although the 280 was usually powered by a 2.8 litre, straight six engine, Mercedes-Benz, rather confusingly, added a V8 engined 280 SE to the model range. The 280 SE 3.5 had a 3.5 litre, V8 engine and came with both automatic and manual transmission and power steering. These saloons were well equipped and extremely powerful. The 280 SE 3.5 would reach a top-speed of 125mph and offered effortless high-speed cruising mated with supple ride comfort. Between 1971 and 1972, Mercedes-Benz produced 11,309 examples and they have always been popular with collectors and enthusiasts alike.Read more
The TVR name is derived from 'Cerberus', the three-headed beast of Greek legend that guarded the entrance of Hades. The car itself was designed from the start as a four-seater; however, the interior is designed so that the passenger seat can slide farther forward than the driver's seat. TVR have referred to this as a '3+1' design. Like all TVRs of the Peter Wheeler era, the Cerbera had a long-travel throttle to compensate for the lack of electronic traction-control and very sharp steering. Prior to the Cerbera, TVR had purchased V8 engines from Rover and then tuned them for their own use. When Rover was purchased by BMW, the chairman of TVR, Peter Wheeler, didn't want to risk problems should the Germans decide to stop manufacturing the engine. In response, he engaged the services of race engineer, Al Melling, to design a V8 engine that TVR could manufacture in-house and even potentially offer for sale to other car manufacturers. Wheeler also undertook the design of a Speed Six engine to complement it.Read more
- Low estimate
- 11 000 GBP
The sleek superformed aluminium body of the DB9 was initially designed by Ian Callum but had also been significantly influenced by the next director of AM design, Hendrik Fisker. It was powered by a third generation version of the now familiar 6.0 litre, V12 and has a top speed of 186mph. The DB9 was the first of what was to become a long line of production Aston Martins to use VH architecture; using superformed parts in the chassis and footwell as well as the body panels. The individual die-cast, extruded or stamped aluminium elements of the VH platform are bonded with strong adhesives and self-piercing rivets to make a lightweight but stiff backbone. The DB9 body shell weighed 25% less than that of the DB7 but has double its torsional rigidity. This process also allowed Aston Martin to retain high levels of engineering accuracy in producing a car at a higher volume, ensuring chassis performance to match the engine power. Aston Martins have always made the interior of their cars to be very special places. The fine detail of finishing is typified by the starter button made of glass and sand etched with the Aston Martin wings logo.Read more
- Low estimate
- 25 000 GBP
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