Barons Classic Car Auctions

Auctioneers of Fine Classic and Collectible Cars

Tony Cavell and Peter Gascoigne have worked in Classic Car sales, restoration and race-car preparation for nearly three decades, working together for the past 20 years, and have been associated with Barons for the past decade.

Tony was a well-known MKII racer and Jaguar race-car preparation specialist, with a string of successes both behind the wheel and as a Race Engineer, while Peter started out racing Minis in 1970 before turning his attention to Classic Cars in the 1980s.

Alongside their classic sales and restoration business, Tony and Peter have built and prepared a huge number of racing cars on behalf of their owners, including Austin-Healey 3000s, XK Jaguars and Ford Mustangs.

One notable machine was ‘1628 VC’, the only surviving ‘works’ Jaguar Mk II racing car. Driven by Roy Salvadori in the early 1960s and subsequently raced successfully by privateer John Sparrow in the British and European Saloon Car Championships, it was in a sad state when Peter Gascoigne discovered it in 1996, having been used for drag racing, with a 7-litre engine shoehorned under the bonnet. Peter and Tony restored the car to its former glory and original specification just in time for Tiff Needell to drive it at the first Goodwood Revival in 1998. And the car then went under the hammer at Barons’ first-ever auction, just a week later.

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“Peter and I are very excited to be in the driving seat at Barons, after working together, both at Barons and before, for many decades,” said Tony Cavell, adding, “we will continually develop and grow the company, but our key strengths of offering value for money to both vendors and buyers, the fantastic sale venue at Sandown Park,our depth of knowledge of the classic car world. Now in our 20th year and though we have brought many improvements to the business, we have remained committed to the same values and continue to offer the same, high quality service at very competitive rates.

Fine vehicles like this Jaguar 1960 XJ150 SE

Our Buying fees are among the most competitive!

Unlike many of our competitors, there are no hidden fees. When we sell your car, we issue payment in 6 working days.Our seller’s commission is just 5% of the hammer price, plus the VAT and return the balance to you. The only other fee is the Entry Fee, which you pay upfront. If we do not sell your car and provided that it has a reserve that reflects the market value, we offer an entry into the next sale, without a further fee. If you have three or more vehicles, to offer, we have special rates, which are very generous.

Not only do we hold your funds in a secure account client account. We carry out all of the necessary checks, including an HPI check and still manage to pay in only 6 working days. We can do this because we do not accept anything but cleared funds. No vehicles leave us until the funds are in our bank. Barons do not operate any Accounts. Unlike many of our competitors, we do not accept payment by cheque, If your car is sold at Barons, it remains sold.

If you are a Buyer you are looking in the right place because we offer one of the lowest buyers premiums in the UK. In terms of fees charged, we are the least expensive of the serious players. Barons charge just 10%. Payment is faster and the service is professional but friendly.

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Our Top 5 Tips to buying at Barons

1: Read the lot listing in the catalogue thoroughly. It will give you lots of useful information such as mileage, chassis number, and MOT expiry date. The description will give information on the car from the vendor, and can include details on the specification, history and condition of the car.

2: Check the history (Provenance) and Documentation. Always check the history file/paperwork for the car, that is available at the histories desk at the auction. If you are unable to attend the auction in person, then give us a call and a member of the Barons team can look at the history file for you.

3: View the Car. Have a good look around the car. All cars are available for viewing in the auction hall, and although they can’t be moved once in the hall, a member of staff can start the engine on request. If you are unable to attend the auction in person, please contact us to arrange an honest and impartial description of the car over the phone, or a Skype or Facetime call.

4: Do your research. Do some research prior to the auction. It’s always worth finding out as much as possible on the particular model of car that you are interested in. This will help you know what to look out for and what to expect from the car that you wish to buy. Knowing market values will also help when it comes to bidding.

5: Talk to us. Ask us for a personal car viewing with a member of the Barons team. This service is free of charge and will help you to evaluate a car thoroughly, especially if you are new to classic cars.

Get in touch or find out more about our Auction events


Auction: 1:00pm, 24 September 2021 at Sandown Park Racecourse
Viewing: Thursday 23 September 2021 3:00pm-7:00pm, Friday 24 September 2021 9:00am-1:00pm


Auction: 1:00pm, 14 December 2021 at Sandown Park Racecourse
Viewing: Monday 13 December 2021 3:00pm-7:00pm, Tuesday 14 December 2021 9:00am-1:00pm

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