With that in mind, classic car auction specialist, Historics at Brooklands has served up the perfect antidote to those ‘same old’ Christmas gifts, with a fascinating choice of unique retro automobilia at its major sale at Brooklands, Surrey on Saturday, November 30th.
With a price range from No Reserve to thousands of pounds, the eclectic collection of 161 different automobilia lots assembled by Historics - alongside the sale of 128 fine classic motor cars - has something that will bring a smile to even the most eccentric and ‘difficult’ on the gift list…
Top billing has to be a genuine Concorde windscreen - perfect for regal high-flyers. Removed during a re-fit to one of British Airways ‘planes in the 70’s, it is sold with both serial and part number authentication. (Est: £900-£1,100).
For more off-the-wall gifting, the original Ford GT40 front and rear bodywork from the very early chassis P/1004 takes some beating. The car to which it was fitted was first owned by Shelby American, and was raced in Rob Walker colours by Bondurant/Magioli at the 1965 Le Mans 24 Hours. (Est: £7,000-£9,000).
To pamper those who yearn to re-live their childhood flying model aeroplanes but on a grown-up scale, two mighty, fully-working flying models aeroplanes - a US Navy Mustang Fighter plane and a twin-engine WWII Douglas Dakota are just the job. Each is superbly hand-built, with a wingspan in excess of two metres (Est: £700-£900). Flying lessons are not included.
But if more squeezed for space, the festive gift of an exquisite 1/18 scale 1938/9 Auto Union Type ‘D’ model by CNC, as driven by Nuvolari, will delight. CNC models are by far the finest 1/18 scale models available in today's market, featuring over 1,000 hand assembled parts (Est: £240-£270).
The arrival of Prince George means finding a gift for the child who has (just about) everything, and so for the likes of the Prince - and for those who have never grown-up - Historics is also offering the greatest motoring fun you can have without needing a driving licence… a Jaguar ‘D’ Type half-scale petrol driven car by Watsonian (body number CC90), powered by a 50cc petrol engine (Est: £3,250-£3,750).
Or for those known to be yearning for a little light exercise - and a serious investment opportunity - an original 1949/50s Austin Pathfinder pedal car, based on a 1930s Austin 7 Special, surely hits the spot. Built by BMC, these are much sought after and increasingly hard to find. (Est: £4,250-£5,250).
Bookworms with a passion for motorsport will be kept quiet for years to come with the gift of 33 Autocourse Annuals, for each year from 1978-2011 (Est: £200-£250), while a good selection of affordable and original Ferrari brochures in fine condition are a coffee table ‘must have’ (Est: £90-£145 each).
The Historics line-up also includes a wealth of affordable, unusual and rare treasures - from racewear and helmets worn by A-list racing drivers, through a plethora of signs, badges, bonnet emblems, books, prints and photographs – and even a bespoke prototype polished aluminium bicycle.
All automobilia will come under the hammer at Historics at Brooklands’ winter auction venue, Mercedes-Benz World, near Weybridge, Surrey on Saturday, 30th November, from 10.00am, with viewing on the previous day.