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Barons Sale 14th September 2004 Sandown Park, Esher

As usual Barons will offer an attractive mix of affordable classics and modern supercars at their next Sandown Park sale. It’s a ‘British Heritage’ event so what better car to lead in on than this 1970 Series II E-Type FHC at £13,500 -15,500?

This very late E-Type is believed to be in excellent condition having recently benefited from a cosmetic restoration, including a full repaint, detailed interior work, full "Bell" stainless steel exhaust and full service. The cost of these works exceeding £8,500. “The E-Type”, say Barons, “offers outstanding value at the moment, the model is probably the least expensive it has been for many years - but this state of affairs cannot remain for long and prices are set to rise again.” Barons may well be right, they did make a lot of them but in the right colour, the right condition and specification it’s one of the best classic cars in the world. (Look at the latest exhibition in the Design Museum for example).

Rolls-Royce is another seminal marque. Three examples are in the sale, a 1977 Silver Shadow I at £6,000 - 8,000, a 1981 Silver Spirit, £5,500 - 7,000 (two good cars at reasonable money) and a pre-war car, a 1927 20 H.P. Three Quarter Coupé for £23,000 - 30,000, a car with only three owners in its 77-year life. MG is represented by several examples of ‘B, including a pretty Iris Blue 1964 roadster with 3-bearing engine and steel wheels for £10,000 -12,000 and the 1959 MGA Roadster, believed to be the subject of recent restoration, for £10,000 - 12,000.

Moving slightly off-topic (British Heritage that is) a cracking late entry is this 1966 Porsche 912 for £3,500 - 5,500, while for those with Gallic preferences why not bid on the 1987 Renault-Alpine GTA Turbo for £3,750 - 4,750? The Pearl White may be a little 1980s for some, but there’s nothing wrong with a black leather interior and mid-mounted 2450cc turbo-V6. With an apparent 77,000 miles on the ‘clock’, and just 1,500 miles from its last service it looks an attractive buy. While for a totally international feel, Barons have a 1971 Plymouth Road Runner 440RT, a real American ‘Muscle Car’ that, at £13,000 - 15,000 is probably significantly cheaper than on the ‘other side of the pond’.

Mini fans will love the 1971 Mini Cooper 1275cc S, £4,500 - 6,000, while the Triumph Stag has its loyal following, Barons will oblige with a Tahiti Blue 1977 Stag II for £3,000 - 4,000.

All great stuff and, as always, plenty of choice for all budgets and tastes.

1959 MGA Roadster

1966 Porsche 912

1971 Plymouth Road Runner 440RT

1962 Daimler Dart £9,750 - 11,500

1977 Triumph Stag II £3,000 - 4,000

1927 Rolls-Royce 1927 20 H.P. Three Quarter Coupé £27,000 - 30,000

Remember Barons are now able to offer pre-auction viewing on the Monday preceding their sales. This extra viewing period will run from 3pm to 7-30pm on the Monday and will be in addition to the 9am to 1-30pm currently offered on the sale day. Sales commence 1-30pm.

Barons are accepting entries for the September 14th sale right up to the last minute. To view the latest lotlist, with car details and estimates, in colour in the Classic Driver Car Database please CLICK HERE

Barons (Auctioneers) Ltd
Quayside House
23 St Johns Street
Southampton SO45 6BZ

Tel: +44 (0)23 8084 0081
Fax: + 44(0)23 8084 7164
Email: [email protected]

Text - Steve Wakefield
Photos - Barons