Helen becomes the first female classic car auctioneer

Helen becomes the first female classic car auctioneer

Barons is the first UK classic car auction house to feature a lady auctioneer when Helen Gascoigne brought the hammer down on a selection of lots at the Yuletide Classic Sale at Sandown Park on December 15th.

Helen is the daughter of Barons director Peter Gascoigne, a senior lawyer by profession but adding another string to her bow by combining her love of classic cars and knowledge of the family business to become a classic car auctioneer.

In a year of ‘firsts’ for Barons, which has included the company setting its highest-ever price for a car sold at auction, it is only fitting that the season ends with another first, the introduction of a lady auctioneer.

In Helen’s words, it’s an opportunity to immerse herself even more into the world of her beloved classic cars:

“I grew up with cars from an early age; I was brought home from the hospital in a Porsche 911 and on it went from there. My mother, little brother and I spent every other weekend being transported to all the different race circuits in England and Wales to watch Dad race his Jaguar 420, which was great fun.  I have lost track of how many ridiculous but lovely cars I have had (I have had more than one Alfa…) and am very lucky to have had the opportunity to see and drive so many beautiful classics. Top of my Christmas list would be a navy blue Mercedes Pagoda. I’d even forgo the heated seats in my SLK for one of those. I would probably even swap my brother for one!”

Yuletide Classic Car Auction

Barons’ Yuletide Classic auction featured a diverse range of classic and collectors’ cars to suit all tastes and pockets, making it the ideal ‘shop’ for anyone looking for that perfect four-wheeled Christmas presents for themselves or a very lucky loved one.

Top of the list was a bright red 1961 Jaguar E-type S1 3.8 Flat Floor Roadster, which would look magnificent loaded with festive gifts as an alternative sleigh for Father Christmas (£100,000-£120,000). Equally handsome were the 1960 Bentley Continental S2 (£85,000-£105,000), 1964 E-type 3.8 S1 FHC (£65,000-£85,000), Ferrari F355 F1 Spider (£60,000-£75,000), 1978 Aston Martin V8 convertible (£55,000-£60,000) and the 1959 Jaguar XK150 (£40,000-£55,000). And few cars are prettier than the 1956 Rolls-Royce Hooper-bodied Empress Line (£30,000-£33,000), while the 1980 Teal Bugatti aluminium replica is now old enough to be a classic in itself, its styling so evocative of the pre-War Bugatti racers (£37,000-£45,000).

Classic cars for smaller budgets

There are always plenty of hugely desirable cars in these auctions for enthusiasts with smaller budgets. Fiat 500 anyone? Minis are always popular with buyers, and the 1973 Harvest Gold Morris Mini will have found a ready home by now with just two lady owners from new and just 20,000 miles on the clock. MGBs also make excellent first classics too.

For more information about future auctions please visit Barons or phone 08454 30 60 60.

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