A good few eyebrows were raised in 1997 as the ebullient Eddie Jordan successfully took on the FI establishment in that year's World Championship with rookie Ralf Schumacher and F1 novice Giancarlo Fisichella.
Twenty years later - at Historics 28th auction on March 4th - Fisichella's car, now less engine and gearbox - again caused startled looks as it soared like a rocket to sell to an international bidder at over £94,000… a stunning 400% over estimate.
The strong tempo was maintained throughout the day in a thoroughly buoyant auction that bristled with strong results across the wide spectrum of consignments.
The day closed at a fraction under £3 million, with 80% of motorcars going to new owners, which is very consistent with Histrics' high rate of sale throughout 2016.
Enjoyment is at the root of classic ownership, and so it was smiles all round as a superb 1948 Jaguar Mk IV - first owned by the Deputy Chairman of Jaguars Cars - was purchased by his four granddaughters, 67 years after he parted with the car, which now returns to within ten miles of where it was built.
Another Browns Lane tribute was the magnificent 1954 XK120 SE that fully justified its £125,000 sale price, whilst an original unrestored 1962 E-Type Series 1 Roadster was understandably the focus of strong bidding, settling well over-estimate at £145,600. Eleven of of the 13 classic Jaguars on offer went to new homes.
For aficionados of the original Mini, a super-rare Morris Mini Cooper 970 S was a magnet and so it proved during bidding, the immaculate and superbly-prepared car settling on £56,000.
And for sheer rarity value, there was no beating the one-off 2012 AC Zagato 348 GT Prototype. This sure-fire investment - bearing the legendary crest of Ugo Zagato on its swooping bodywork - sold for a heady £134,000.
As regulars will know, the Mercedes-Benz marque has always featuring strongly in Historics auctions and it was no different on March 4th… and neither - we are pleased to say - was the result, with a clean sweep of all 12 models on offer passing to new owners on the day.
The ex-Michael Crawford's 2004 S500 was especially notable for its quality and interest level and a very desirable, powder blue 1969 280SL didn't disappoint its owner, returning a well over-estimate £58,240.
Historics are now preparing for our next sale which, for the first time, see us at a new sale location other than Brooklands. On May 20th, we will be opening the doors to a major auction of 150 fine classics at Ascot Racecourse - so it will be horsepower of a very different kind at the world-famous venue!
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