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26th April 2018 
Page 4 - News. Alvis TE21 Drophead Coupé

An additional venue for Historics

The Ascot Sale 20th May 2017

Record price achieved for an Alvis TE21 at auction - £156,800

Share the success by calling John Williams on 07967 203007

Page 4 - News. Jaguar sisters

An emotional result at the March sale

A classic 1948 Jaguar sports saloon, first owned by Arthur Whittaker, the Deputy Chairman of Jaguar Cars, has been re-united with his family 67 years after he parted with it.

During Historics at Brooklands classic car auction in Surrey on Saturday, 4th March, Whittaker's four granddaughters - Lucy, Sally, Sarah and Charlotte - who discovered the car's impending sale purely by chance a fortnight earlier - fought off rival bidders to make it their own, settling on £70,000 for the jet black classic.

It will return to the eldest granddaughter Lucy's family home in Kenilworth, just miles from the former Jaguar factory in Brown's Lane, Coventry where it was originally manufactured 69 years ago.

"Once we discovered grandad's Jaguar was for sale, we just had to go and see it", said Sally. "We had no intention of buying it, but sitting in it before the sale brought back so many fond memories of family outings in his cars that we decided we just had to bid for it," she continued.

"We'd never bought a thing at auction before, but were determined to take it home if we could afford to," added her sister Lucy. "It was all a bit of a whirlwind and suddenly, the hammer came down and it was ours."

After Whittaker parted with the car in 1950, it passed through the hands of a number of owners before a complete, meticulous restoration started in 1982 by the owner of the day. Twenty two years later the car was finally completed, latterly by classic Jaguar specialist, David Davenport, returning it to its spectacular condition that remains today.

A supreme tourer in its day, Whittaker's car was one of the last to be produced. It was specially trimmed in pigskin hide, complementing the stately burr walnut dashboard and fittings, and left the Brown's Lane production line complete with a rare sunroof.

Powered by a silky smooth 3.5 litre six-cylinder engine, the Jaguar Mk IV is revered for its graceful lines and magnificent presence, dominated by huge dinner plate headlamps flanking the imposing chrome radiator.

Will it become a museum piece?...Not if Whittaker's granddaughters have their way. "It's just too lovely to leave locked away. The plan is to share enjoyment of the car amongst all our families, including grandad's seven great grandchildren. I'm sure that's what he would have wanted too. All we need now is the picnic hamper and a bit of un!"

Page 4 - News. Rover Mini Cooper Sport 500 dash

2000 Rover Mini Cooper Sport 500 - Less than 500 miles from new sells for extraordinary money!

Now sold for £23,800!

Page 4 - News. Lotus Elan Plus 2 - Ex Graham Hill

For Sale - 1968 Lotus Elan Plus 2 - Ex Graham Hill - Offered with No Reserve

Sold for £23,520

Page 4 - News. Ronnie Peterson's Lotus Elan Plus 2

An important Lotus is offered at the Historics at Brooklands sale on Saturday 11th June 2016

For Sale - 1972 Lotus Elan Plus 2S 130/5 (Chassis #1) Ex-Ronnie Peterson.

Please see our Cars for Sale page for full details of this very important Lotus offered by auction on 11th June at the Brooklands museum, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

Now sold - £72,800

Page 4 - News. 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Turismo by James Ypung

The Historics at Brooklands final sale of 2015 ends in success - yet again

With doomsayers moaning about a soft market and prices going through a period of re-adjustment, it is re-assuring to note that the sale on Saturday was not only packed but there were hands in the air and cars banged down for strong prices.

Described by many as the best car in the sale, the beautifully presented Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Turismo achieved a strong £168,000 whilst a Ford Model A Phaeton made double its estimate. The 'no reserve' Alfa Romeo GTAm reached a very creditable £36,400 whilst the fabulous Dolphin America, surely a Goodwood invitee, attracted strong attention and good money at £53,760. The Porsche 356C Outlaw, selling at a credible £49,280 will surely look a bargain in a year or two.

These successes can certainly be put down to high quality consignments and a great location but equally important, market liquidity has not really dropped off as far as we can see. With a sale rate of 71% and a massive 36% gross increase in gross revenue compared to August this year to £2,47m, this certainly represents a strong end to the year for Historics.

What is certain is that good quality classic motor cars with a sensible reserve will, in most all cases, exceed client expectations.

Page 4 - News. Iso Rivolta Lele

How to Buy and Sell at Auction Seminar - Brooklands Thursday 12th June 2016

Whether you are new to the classic car scene or an old hand, buying and selling at auction may be a daunting prospect, especially if you have never experienced the process before. Even the most experienced will have unanswered questions. Don’t worry, are team here at Historics are here to help. John Williams, who has delivered classic car courses and seminars for over 10 years and Fabian Hine, one of the most experienced auctioneers in the business will be delivering two seminars during our viewing day on Friday 27th November at Brooklands. Armed with the knowledge, we aim to make the auction experience an enjoyable and successful one for buyers and sellers alike.

For buyers, you will be taken through all aspects of the auction process that will include; registration, bidding methods, provisional bidding (what this means), payments and collection (if you are successful). For sellers, the process you will go through to get you car to auction and useful tips on preparation, one of the most important and often most neglected aspects that often result in many good classic cars failing to sell. Your time with us will end with a question and answer session. One thing that John Williams and Fabian Hine has learnt most over the years is that, there are no stupid questions and many so called experienced auction attendees, including dealers, are surprised at what they learn.

Why not take advantage and join us at Mercedes-Benz World - Brooklands on Friday 27th November at either one of our Seminars.
Times: 11.00 am and 5.00 pm on the first floor.

A catalogue admits two people.

Entrance to all Historics at Brooklands classic and sports car auctions are by catalogue only, each catalogue will admit two people for both the viewing and auction day but will also admit you to either the Brooklands Motor Museum or Mercedes-Benz World (for whichever location said auction is held at).

Auction catalogues can be bought at the entrance both on viewing and auction day however if you would like to buy now and reserve your copy please contact Historics on 01753 639170. Four auction catalogues can be bought at a discounted rate of £100 and will ensure entrance throughout the year.

Page 4 - News. 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE DHC

Europe's largest sale at Brooklands Saturday 6th June 2015

One of Europe's largest classic motor car and motorcycle sales at Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey on Saturday 6th June attracted huge crowds and resulted in the sale of 4.1 million pounds worth of classic machinery finding new homes..

To consign a car to the next available auction, please contact John Williams on 07967 203007. Consigning a car will entitle two people entrance the auction will also admit you to either the Brooklands Motor Museum or Mercedes-Benz World (for whichever location said auction is held at).

Page 4 - News. 1936 Triumph Dolomite Straight Eight

Huge crowds attend the Historics at Brooklands March sale

Historics at Brooklands once again proved that well prepared motor cars in the right condition and sensibly reserved will achieve great results for their vendors. For example: a 1979 Maserati Khamsin achieved £128800 incl. commission.

Huge crowds attended the first sale for Historics in 2015; in fact, the catalogues sold out within an hour of the doors opening on Saturday morning, proving, once again, that the market is as buoyant as ever.

147 car were offered on the day with nearly 80% finding new homes. Of the 14 cars consigned by John Williams, 13 found new owners - a staggering 92% success.

If you wish to take advantage of what John Williams can offer you in terms of catalogue description, photographs and presentation, then please contact john on 07967 203007 or 01380 812862. John will be glad to assess your car with no obligation anywhere within the UK.

Page 4 - News. Kop Hill start

Kop Hill 2014

If you have not yet discovered this event then you are truly missing out.

Picture - John Williams at the start in his Triumph Spitfire GT6R Le Mans.

Page 4 - News. Jane Russell

Famous stars were the attraction at Mercedes-Benz World on Saturday 30th November 2013

Historics last sale of 2013 was held at Mercedes-Benz World, Brooklands with once again a fabulous result achieved. The Anouska Hempel 1935 Austin Taxi, offered at 'no reserve' and requiring re-commissioning, achieved a staggering £28000 including commission. Prior to the sale, there was a rush of commission bids with several other interested parties registering to bid on the telephone and ibidder. Other highlights included the ex Lofty England Series One E-Type FHC achieving just above the estimate. The Mercedes-Benz 500E exceeded all expectations with a new owner taking the car away at £22400, well above the top estimate.

Once again, John Williams has consigned interesting cars and achieved results at or above the vendor's expectations.

John Williams is now excepting entries for the next sale. Please contact John on either 01380 812862, 07967 203007 or email him at

We hold our sales at the Brooklands Museum near London which is well situated by road, rail and air links with many buyers being attracted from all over Europe. We are also able to facilitate telephone and internet bidding so that our clients are able to purchase from around the world or if they cannot make the sale.

Please call John Williams on 01380 812862, 01380 813552 or 07967 203007 to discuss your requirements.

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Historics firmly on the map with opening of a second office

The specialist classic and sports car auctioneer Historics at Brooklands, has emphasised its growing reach and breadth of appeal by opening a second regional office in the UK.

Following its fourth successive £1million+ sale in September, Historics - hosting quarterly auctions at the world-famous birthplace of British motoring, Brooklands - is eager to build upon its success, and will now operate a resource catering specifically for enquiries from the South West of England and Wales.

Funded solely by private investment since its formation in March 2010, Historics has become firmly established within the classic car auction firmament, and is currently accepting consignments for its eleventh sale, on Saturday November 24th.

Managed by a team of dedicated classic car experts and enthusiasts, with an unrivalled range of experience across many areas of the automotive industry, Historics has long championed its position as a truly inclusive auction house.

With Historics demonstrating its global reach, having sold vehicles into Europe, the U.S, the Far East and Australasia, the addition of a second UK office in Market Lavington near Devizes, is a sign that the auctioneer remains as committed as ever to catering for customers closer to home.

Overseeing the new office, John Williams – the auctioneer’s classic British and Italian car aficionado – has built a reputation over many years for finding and bringing exceptional quality motor cars to the classic car market place and is ideally positioned to discuss the benefits, such as competitive commission rates as well as a 14 day payback guarantee, of buying and selling at auction via Historics.

Commenting on the latest business developments, Historics’ Auction Director Edward Bridger-Stille explained; “Whilst our head office is well equipped to handle any enquiry, our new facility will provide another base from which we can visit potential customers, who in turn, can be rest-assured that they have an expert in the field nearby, to answer any question or query they may have regarding the sale or purchase of a classic vehicle.

“For too long, the ‘auction experience’ has been seen as ‘exclusive’, and we’re eager to look further afield and extend a warm welcome to an even greater number of potential customers”, he concluded.

To discuss the sale or purchase of a vehicle or automobilia at the forthcoming sale on Saturday November 24th, or one of the four auctions scheduled for 2013 soon to be announced, interested parties in the South West of England and Wales should contact John Williams on 01380 812862, or e-mail

A large percentage of the cars consigned by John Williams are sold. This high level of sales success is achieved by clients taking advice from John regarding preparation, presentation and an acurate and realistic estimate of value.

You may be interested to know that 'Historics' have 96% accuracy on estimated values presented for sale; a tribute to the knowlege and expertise of the staff.

Why don't you take advantage of this service and contact John now if you wish to sell your vintage or classic car?

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