MINI COOPER S
Believe it or not, one of the most exciting finds in the whole series is a decrepit old carcass of a car, crammed with old squash bottles and draped in dust in a garage. But this is a true diamond in the rust, because it just happens to be a bona fide Mini Cooper S. Which, as any classic car buff will tell know, is one of the rarest and most sought-after motors in British history.
A souped-up, super-duper spin-off of the original Mini Cooper, this is pure Swinging Sixties cool on four wheels. It won the Monte Carlo Rally on multiple occasions, and Mick Jagger was just one of the celebrity owners of this legendary model. Indeed, the speed and nimbleness of the Mini Cooper S also made it a hit with the British police, who used it as a plainclothes vehicle. You can see why the Mathewsons are just a tad excited when they stumble across this piece of history...
FORD SIERRA RS COSWORTH
Once given the dubious honour of being Britain's most stolen car, the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth certainly looks like a toy for boy racers, with its big, fat whale tail rear spoiler and sheer amounts of oomph. This 80s icon gets pulses racing when it turns up on Bangers & Cash, reminding car geeks of the days when it wowed the crowds at both rally and track events.
A beefed-up, swaggering sibling of the safe and cuddly Ford Sierra, the Cossie's enduring appeal lies in the fact that it's basically a supercar for ordinary folks. Top Gear was certainly impressed back in the day, with then-presenter Quentin Willson memorably describing it as a "a rummage sale-priced adrenaline pump that will happily chew the coattails of a Porsche 911 or trundle the kids to and from school." It was a bit of a bargain when it first hit the roads, but how much will it fetch as an antique in the 21st Century?
Even people who don't know too much about cars will probably feel as thrilled as the Mathewsons when they auction off a Jaguar MkII. True, it's been sitting in a garage for decades, but the sheen of its name alone still gleams brightly. This grand, stately vehicle sums up 60s Britain just as much as the more "swinging" Mini, and actually proved quite a success in motorsports too.
Indeed, its speed and power made it as much of a hit with criminals as racing drivers, with the MkII establishing a cool/dodgy reputation as the getaway car of choice for British mobsters. One man who favoured the Jag was Roy James, a promising racing driver who embraced villainy and became notorious as one of the Great Train Robbers. Still, the most famous fan of the MkII was on the side of the angels: Inspector Morse, whose passion for the car rivalled his love of opera and real ale.
It's not just classic British cars that turn up in the Bangers & Cash auction room. Brace yourself for some cute and quirky continental numbers too, like the Goggomobil. Sounds like a children's toy, and to be honest it looks like one too. This German microcar looks frankly adorable: a diminutive, smoothly contoured lozenge of a vehicle, that has that unique 1950s retro-futuristic look that charms collectors today.
Produced by Hans Glas GmbH, a company that started out making farm equipment in the 19th Century, these tiny cars may have been overshadowed by the likes of the Mini and Volkswagen Beetle, but Goggomobils have developed quite a cult following thanks to their adorable aesthetics. Fun fact: the unusual name derives from "Goggo", which was the nickname of the grandson of the company boss.
Now here's a car that makes the Goggomobil seem as ordinary and prosaic as a Mondeo by comparison: the Bond Bug. Arguably one of the most striking vehicles to appear on Bangers & Cash, it looks either cool or absurd, depending on your point of view. As orange as a bottle of fizzy pop, and shaped like a UFO crossed with a wedge of cheese, this pointy three-wheeler is a peculiar product of 1970s ingenuity, and sets tongues wagging among the Mathewsons.
It was specifically marketed as a "fun" car when it was first released, and to be fair it can reach a respectable 76 mph. And, while some onlookers in Bangers & Cash may scoff, it's worth remembering one very impressive fact: Luke Skywalker's famous landspeeder in the original Star Wars movie was built around a Bond Bug chassis. When it comes to the auction, will the force still be strong with this one?