HISTORICS MODEL INVESTMENT







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: December 1, 2011
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Exquisite collection of cars and kits come to auction

Historics at Brooklands will present one of the finest model car collections in the world at its winter sale, with one man’s homage to the Alfa Romeo marque making its collective public debut for the first time.

Historics cars

The historically significant 700 strong ‘Martin Webb Collection’ of cars, model kits and books is a life-long representation of an owner’s tireless pursuit of a passion, and includes three extremely rare, unopened, 1/8th scale Italian ‘Pocher’ kits of the Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza, Alfa Romeo 8C 2600 Mille Miglia Scuderia Ferrari and an Alfa Romeo Spider Touring Gran Sport of 1932, each valued at between £450 - £550.

Historics cars 2011

The collection – in plastic, die-cast, hand-built resin and white metal - covers vehicles from the 1920’s to the present day, in 1/86, 1/43, 1/32, 1/24, 1/20, 1/18, 1/12 and 1/8 scale, with road cars and commercial vehicles as well as Le Mans, Targa Florio, Mille Miglia and Formula 1 all represented.

Martin Webb’s love of the Alfa Romeo stemmed from over twenty years of ownership, and a dream of one day owning a ‘Spider’.  Having joined the Alfa Romeo owners club in 1993 his relentless research resulted in the acquisition of a 1967 Duetto.  The car was subsequently prepared so pristinely it would win numerous concours prizes, further demonstrating his predilection for perfection.

With a large number of books acquired to assist the owner in his fanatical dedication to detail also due to be auctioned alongside the cars and kits, the comprehensive collaboration will be presented across Historics’ next two auctions at Mercedes-Benz World on 18th February, and Brooklands Museum on 26th May.

Historics model cars

Historics at Brooklands Auction Director, Edward Bridger-Stille, spoke excitedly of the collection; “Enthusiasts the world over have had their passion for cars ignited by models and kits, and we hope the unquestionable quality of the Martin Webb Collection, much of which is offered at no reserve, will attract scores of serious collectors and avid hobbyists alike to our forthcoming auctions.”

“We thank Martin’s wife Marianne for releasing this collection for auction and look forward to honouring his hard work,” he concluded.

For more information, and to attend the Historics at Brooklands auction on the afternoon of Saturday February 18th, call 0800 988 3838