Coys’ forthcoming Oxfordshire sale is something of a bumper one. The catalogue is packed with over 120 entries, including 23 meeting the fine criterion that is the ‘Jaguar Legend’.
And of the non-Jaguar listings, buyers can choose from an eclectic mix of classics that range from a 1965 Volkswagen 21-window Samba Bus (£24,000 - 28,000) to a 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K (£280,000 - 350,000). Along the way, there’s a £110,000 - 130,000, 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Playboy Roadster and a 1992 Schuppan 962 CR at ‘Refer Department’ - it’s certainly varied.
The Jaguar section is headed by a fine 1965 E-type ‘Lightweight’, at £110,000 - 120,000, and includes examples of all the famous Coventry company’s classic models; XKs, ‘E’s, an SS100, an SS90, Mk IV, Mk V, and budget XJ and XJS – they’re all there.
Joining the 1937 Jaguar SS100 (£175,000 - 200,000) in Coys’ customarily extensive pre-War selection are a 1936 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Open Tourer (£110,000 - 135,000), a 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II (‘Refer Department’) and a 1937 Riley 12/4 Lynx Sprite Open Tourer, an elegant sporting roadster in the best British tradition for £38,000 - 45,000.
Moving a little more up-to-date, the auction results could well be headlined by the 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster estimated at £400,000 - 500,000. It’s joined by slightly more affordable drop-tops from Stuttgart which include a 1963 220SEb Cabriolet (£65,000 - 80,000) and a 1956 190SL for £55,000 - 65,000. That other Stuttgart car-maker, Porsche, is represented by four cars, including an example of a Classic Driver office favourite, the 1962 356 B Cabriolet, reasonably estimated at £55,000 - 65,000.
If your automotive interests veer more to the Italian, however, why not bid on the £35,000 - 40,000, 1987 Ferrari Testarosssa (one of two in the sale, as well as a Boxer)? Or the all-time classic, 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider for £24,000 - 30,000?
Given the beautiful Cotswold stone British location, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, though, let’s finish on some quintessentially British cars.
In addition to the high-quality pre-War cars from Jaguar, Bentley Rolls-Royce and Riley, there are two Aston Martins (a 2007 V8 Vantage for £36,000 - 45,000 and a RHD, automatic gearbox 1968 DB6 at £90,000 - 110,000). The 1985 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible (£35,000 - 45,000) is a LHD model in Porcelain White, while the navy blue, AC-engined 1955 AC Aceca represents possibly one of the last chances to buy one of these cars sub-£100k (Est. £80,000 - 100,000).
And for British quirkiness, there’s the amazing 1965 Peel Prototype P50 micro-car at £22,000 - 26,000, one of several space-saving, fuel-efficient entries in the catalogue. I look forward to seeing the successful bidder driving it back to London on the M40, post-event.
In addition to the motor cars, Coys will offer a selection of automobilia and fine sporting guns. There will also be the usual concours – always a popular distraction at Coys’ Blenheim sales.
The auction will take place at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP. Sale on Saturday, viewing Friday, 13 July.
To see the complete lotlisting of the Coys 14 July Blenheim sale, please click here.