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Internet bidder pays more than double top-estimate £82,150 for 107 year old Daimler 20hp during Brightwells latest 85% sold £1.3m sale

With a full national lockdown still in place during the 28 March-1 April bidding window, but with consigned classic cars and bikes and their documents on-site at their Leominster HQ, Brightwells sold 125 of 144 entries, an 87% sale rate, for a premium-inclusive £1.4m during an entirely virtual affair with no physical viewing on this occasion and on-line only bidding.
The highest priced seller from the 117 cars offered was a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL with Pagoda-top hardtop, side-facing rear seat option and previously renewed sills and rebuilt engine, for which bidding time ran out after 51 bids had been cast at an over top-estimate £81,500, costing an absentee winner £91,280 with premium.
But the £85,120 paid for 1914 Daimler 20 hp TW20 ‘Bodmin Landaulette’, forecast to fetch £36,000-42,000, was the more unexpected result however. Fit for a Dowager in the day, and very much at home at Downton Abbey, the stately Edwardian had reportedly been cast in the House of Elliot series on Beeb TV.
Another noteworthy change of ownership was the 1950 Jowett Jupiter, one of only four such Specials to have been crafted with aluminium coachwork by Rawson, which attracted 33 bids until sold for £35,800. First owned by Sir Hugh Bell, father of World Sportscar Champ Derek Bell, the Jupiter Special is apparently Mille Miglia Retrospective eligible.
And from the same postwar austerity era, a recently body-off restored 1950 Alvis TB 14 Sports-Tourer has also become a statistical rarity. The 16th of 100 made, but one of less than 30 survivors, made a forecast £33,600.
A much earlier Austin Seven Ulster Sports-Tourer with original 1930 chassis, but non-original supercharged engine, had once been in the Hull Collection, and therefore acquired by JLR, before selling again here for a top estimate £40,320.
Whereas by far the oldest automobile in the sale, a 1901 Locomobile Style 2 ‘Steam Runabout’ had been last restored 1996/7 and included a bespoke trailer for the £27,440 paid, forecast money.
Fresh from a “nut-and-bolt restoration” that had included tasteful upgrades, a £30,000-35,000 estimated 1964 Jaguar Mk2 3.4, a manual with overdrive, pulled 35 bids before achieving £42,448 with premium, a new house record for a Mk2 Jag.
A £14,000 body-restored 1965 Daimler 250-V8 auto meanwhile, guided at £10,000-12,000, made £19,500, and another absentee bidder paid £29,340 for a 1976 Alfa Romeo GT Junior 1600 estimated at £17,000-19,000. A 1948 Armstrong-Siddeley Hurricane Drophead was acquired for £13,780.
There were buyers, too, for all eight MGs, five of them MGBs, led by a pair of period 1953 TD 1250s sold for £17,978 and £16,016, while a near identical, but much more modern 1985-dated Naylor TF 1700 with only 12,000 mileage raised £15,100.
No Brightwells sale would be truly complete however without some Land Rover valuations, and this selling and buying opportunity was no exception, with two Series Ones changing keepers under the virtual hammer, a slightly scruffy, but characterful 1951 80 making £14,560 and a 1953 86 £12,992.
A Coup-ready 1999 Land Rover Defender Wolf with only a peaceful 800 miles under wheel was captured for £30,240. Whereas a 1942 US Ford Jeep restored by ‘Car SOS’ in 2013 for TV changed collectors here for £13,780.
Despite having done 121,000 miles, a £12,000-15,000 guided 1996 BMW 840Ci Coupe realised £17,470 and an 82,000 mile 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII FQ330 £17,450.
The Modern Classic superstar among the relatively newcomers however was a 1998 Toyota Supra MkIV Twin-Turbo Auto, forecast to cost the next owner £20,000-25,000, which, after a sale-topping 63 bids had been logged, finally timed-out at a really bullish £38,200 gross. Although a 2004 Aston Martin Vanquish left hooker with under 10,000 kilometres on the odometer did eventually make £62,000 with charges and heads for a new home in Denmark.
After the car lots had been ‘timed out’ and the auction book for this sale had been closed until the next time, 85% of the 117 entries had sold to 100 absentee bidders for £1,304,043 with premium, an average of £13,040 per classic bought, all on-line.
Additionally, there were buyers for all but three of the 17 motorcycles on offer, the top price being paid for an ex-military 1941 Indian 500 Scout, which had been stationed at RAF Sealand in Wales while the base was under US Air Force Command during WW2, and which was transported away from Brightwells Leominster GHQ for £14,780.

As a mark of respect to the sad death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose funeral takes place at nearby Windsor Saturday 17 April, Historics Auctioneers have rescheduled their 2021 season-opener at Royal Ascot Racecourse, where the sale will now be held Sunday 18 April from 9.30am.
This change of date does not affect viewing arrangements at the Racecourse though , where cars for sale, and their history files, may be physically inspected by catalogue holders Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 April, 9am-5pm each day. The Ascot venue will however be closed on Saturday. RH-E

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Additional Automotive Auctions internet platform offering vendors free route to market added to Silverstone Auctions Group portfolio

With an already experienced team behind it, newcomer Automotive Auctions will provide both buyers and sellers with the same level of service and professionalism as the Group’s established auction houses, Silverstone Auctions and Classic Car Auctions (CCA).
For unlike so many of their competitors, the Silverstone Group now has the facility to offer potential sellers and buyers the choice of both online and event-based auctions and the added benefit of a proven and successful trading history.
Selling with the 9 April launched Automotive Auctions is completely fee-free.
Launched to provide an efficient on-line only process for buyers as well as sellers, who can opt to sell at a time that suits them as they enter a 7-day auction cycle.
Unlike most other internet platforms though, the new website offers buyers a vast range of lots, including classics, race, rally and hillclimb historics, more modern competition and sports and GT cars, supercars, even halfway house hybrids and full-electrics, motorhomes and camper-vans, motorcycles of all kinds as well as the full range of automobilia & cherished registrations.
Silverstone founder Nick Whale commented: “2020 was a huge success for the Silverstone Auctions Group; our team quickly adapted to the pandemic, which resulted in a new hybrid auction format, the Group becoming the new UK market leading classic car auction house.”
The Group Managing Director continued: “2021 looks to also be a year of change with the launch of our online-only platform, Automotive Auctions, as well as our return to live events on the Silverstone Auctions and Classic Car Auctions side. Having the ability to offer our trusted clients a choice of routes to market, with the same high standard of service, is hugely significant.”
Additionally, Motoring TV presenter Mike Brewer has been confirmed as ‘Brand Ambassador’ for Automotive Auctions. Such Ambassadorial Influencers have become a new strata in collector vehicle auction society, Motoring programme presenters Vicki Butler-Henderson carrying out the same role at Historics for some time and Fuzz Townsend hired as a  Youtubing frontman for North West auctions newcomer Manor Classics, whose sales will be reviewed on this channel.
AA's Mike Brewer has been surrounded by cars all of his life, of course, and has a lifelong passion for enthusiast motoring matters. With his expertise, enthusiasm and dedication to the industry, Mike is the perfect choice to host the Automotive Auctions podcast, you can also expect to see him reviewing cars that will be offered for sale on the platform and across their social media channels.
With an established, relevant, and global audience, a team of Silverstone Auctions Group experts, who are bang up to date with the current valuations and a wealth of hands-on auction experience, Automotive Auctions is all set to provide buyers and sellers with what is promised to be a straightforward and professional experience. 
Those looking to sell their car, motorcycle or automobilia can get in touch with the Automotive Auctions team on 01926 929199 or by email Prospective buyers (and potential sellers) have been able to check out the first lots going ‘Live’ from Friday 9 April, the platform’s buyer’s premium being just 5% plus VAT.

Other On-Line Only players however already compete for your business -
The Market, whose transparent process and statistical analysis of prices achieved are regularly reviewed on this website, are already well established in On-Line Only collector vehicle auctioning, of course. They can now also offer a concierge service at their new premises in South Oxfordshire, where vendors classics and their documents are not somewhere else, but on-site, so that they may be physically inspected by prospective buyers before they bid.
In March, 90% of 89 classics on their website sold for £1,845,169, a record in one month for The Market, headed by a 2005 Kirkham Cobra driven only 622 miles sold for £96,500.
Last month, too, a 1966 Jaguar E Type S1 4.2 2+2 Coupe made a way over estimate £75,000, a 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo X50 also a more than forecast £48,248, and a 1995 VW Corrado VR6 Storm £27,250, an i-record for the model.

The Collecting Cars platform meanwhile, founded by dealer and CEO Edward Lovett in 2019 to compete for market share with both traditional auctioneers as well as classified advertisers, claims to have become the sector leader by selling more than 1300 lots for £48m during 2020.
They report another 311 classics sold for £10m in March alone, including 42 Porsches from a reportedly well maintained 968 Boxster 2.7 for £3,950 up to a 2016 911 R with a mere 327 mileage on the odometer for £375,000.
Other changes of ownership published on their site during March were a 1966 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2, in receipt of "extensive body restoration", one of 224 built, sold for £370,000, one of 833 Mazda Cosmo S2s £55,000, and an original UK supplied E30-era BMW M3 Sport Evolution 2-Door, one of the 600 'Homologation Specials', £100,000.
A new record price at auction has been claimed by CC for a Land Rover Defender 90 Works V8 70th Edition, also sold in March for £146,000. Although apparently the highest price paid on this platform so far has been a 1973 Porsche 911 Carerra 2.7 RS, which reportely sold for £538,500 in November 2020.

On behalf of our collector vehicle consumers, Classic Auction Review welcomes the new Automotive Auctions internet facility to this independent resource, which will continue to monitor this ever-changing market for absentee bidders, who do so 'On-Line' or by telephone, or who may prefer to physically check out the metal and docs by kicking real tyres in a bricks, mortar or canvas saleroom before bidding in person.
Even though the latest Number 10 Road Map has now at least removed a few of the UK economy's road closures, H&H had already postponed their 14 April sale at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, where their auction will now be held Wednesday 16 May.
'Real Punters' will however again be permitted to physically view the 170 Historics auction cars at Ascot Racecourse 9am-5pm Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 April. Although as a mark of respect to the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose funeral takes place at nearby Windsor, Saturday 17 April, Historics season-opener will now be held from 9.30am Sunday 18 April instead and will, course, be reviewed first right here on C.A.R. RH-E

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98% of classics driven past SWVA rostrum sell at Poole, where there were absentee buyers for all but two of 82 lot entry

Rare 1967 Lancia Fulvia Rallye 1.3 HF in right-hand drive sold for £27,648 with premium 26 March 2021, over £10,000 more than the South West Vehicle Auctions £16,500-17,500 pre-sale estimate after an all internet-bidder battle.
The subject of an older restoration, the Italian Coupe had been fitted with a roll-over bar as part of 2000 road rally prep and Solex carburettors changed to Dellortos during an engine rebuild in 2007.
Many bids were cast, too, for a 1966 Volvo Amazon 131 2-Door Coupe sold in the Dorset firm’s Parkstone auction hall for £7,452, conclusively overtaking the £2,500-2,800 that had been forecast.
A £4,000-5,000 guided 1955 Wolseley 4/44 4-Door in receipt of photo-recorded restoration realised £11,988, a £8,000-9,000 1989 Bentley 8 with 32,500 mileage driven to the sale from Devon £19,368, and a £11,950-12,950 1987 Ford Capri 2.8i 5-speed restored in 2000 an applauded £19,764.
Although a premium-inclusive average of £9,816 was paid per car at this sale, a 1980 Aston Martin V8 Auto for four estimated at £38,000-39,750 sold to a telephone bidder for £63,720.
A more than forecast £32,940 was required for an internet bidder to buy an £18,000-19,000 estimated 1974 Ferrari 308GT4 3.0 that had been restored in the 1990s and had a cambelt change four years ago.
£23,112 was required to beat off 21 telephone bidders and buy a 1972 Rover P5B 3.5 Manual Saloon estimated at £17,950-19,950. A 1990 Porsche 928S auto with 88,000 warranted mileage, guided at £12,500-13,500, made £17,496.
One of the most interesting lots to be driven past the Youtube camera was a Morris Mini Mk2 850 in 1967 that had been fitted with 970S engine, gearbox and disc brakes since 2009. Estimated at £8,700-9,500 in 2021, a telephoned bidder had to bid £16,200 and pay £17,496 with premium to become the fifth owner.
Five more telephone contestants competed for the keys of a 1956 Jensen-Healey Convertible with some blemishes that had been expected to cost the buyer £3,000-4,000, but was eventually won by an internet bidder for £9,288.
A deceased estate consigned Metro Hatchback that had only done a warranted 179 miles since new in 2004 was also bought by an internet buyer versus a telephone bidder for £5,076.
A 1933-1937 Austin Collection also generated huge pre-sale and bidding interest, mainly by telephone players, headlined by a 1933 Austin Six Westminster 16/6 Manual Saloon, one of only three left, which left its £5,900-6,500 estimate far behind when hammered for £23,250 and bought for £25,110 with premium.
The No Reserve 1934 Prototype Thompson Dart Caravan that had been towed by the 88 year old Austin was also captured by the same buyer for £11,070.
From the same source, a 1937 14/6 Goodwood Saloon with still original interior and a 12 1½-Litre Saloon with gate-post damaged wings eventually cost internet buyers £8,208 and £7,020 respectively, both well over their estimates.
An upgraded 1966 Jaguar 3.4 Mk2 from another deceased estate more than doubled its £15,000 top estimate to cost a new owner £32,130.
While a Vauxhall Magnum 1800 Estate (when did you last see one living?), and with 14 reassuring service stamps authenticating the 45,596 mileage since 1977, was an all-internet bid tussle until acquired for £8,424, more than double the lower estimate.
Consigning 23 cars at No Reserve certainly contributed to SWVA's March 2021 UK  topping 98% sale rate. For by the end of the Friday morning and early afternoon session, only two cars were unsold, while a premium-inclusive £785,294 had been spent on 80 classics by 180 Telephone and Commission bidders, not forgetting the 370 who registered to bid on-line. Pent-up demand to consume classic motor vehicles was certainly released at this Dorset Drive-Through where stock so very nearly ran out. RH-E

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Audi Quattro 20V road car achieves record £85,470 during 90% sold £1.62m CCA sale where all 40 cars from major Midland collection sell

Classic Car Auctions Spring Sale, their first sale of what is shaping up to be another unforecastable year, was held Live & On-Line Friday 26 March, when there were absentee buyers on phone and net for 90% of the 131 classics auctioned, spending £1,620,154 with premium on 118 of them, an average of £13.730  per car bought. While 100% of the third tranche of 40 cars being dispersed for a major Midlands-based collection all sold out.
On a Friday in Warwickshire, the top seller, a rare and recommissioned 1990 Audi Quattro 20V in Lago Blue with just over 48,300 miles under-wheel inspired a significant amount of pre-sale attention and bidding until sold for £85,470, a record valuation for the model in an auction.
The sale mirrored the same On-Line format that had been perfected during Year One of Pandemic with most bidding from home by landline, mobile and mouse, or leaving bids on the commission book pre-sale, when professional inspections could be carried out to order over several days.
Mercedes-Benz SLs sold here included a 1963 230SL W113 for £56,610 and a 1987 300SL R107 for £41,070.
The 2000 vintage Rover Mini Cooper Sport had only been driven 117 miles in 21 years before achieving £33,300.
A Daimler 4.2 Sovereign meanwhile sold for £11,988 to a telephone bidder, who, after Jonathan Humbert’s gavel had fallen, informed CCA that his father had sold the car when it was brand new in 1971.
A 1985 Porsche Carrera 3.2 Cabriolet from 1975 Band member George Daniel found a fan with £33,000, and a £24,420 1969 VW Type 2 Westfalia Bay Window Camper longed for some long weekends away.
The 1969 Lotus Elan S4 Special Equipment FHC with faired-in headlights cost the next owner £21,645, and a really sharp 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL500 C126 2-Door consigned by actor Nigel Havers sold for £16,095.
Many of the 40 Jaguars and Daimlers from The Warwickshire Collection were offered ‘Without Reserve’, several exceeding their pre-sale estimates and others attracting more than 20 registered telephone bidders per lot!
The most powerful magnets in the 100% sold concluding session were a keenly contested 1996 Jaguar XJS4.0 Auto Convertible with ‘XJS’ reg sold for £27,195, whilst the so stylish 1983 Jaguar XJS HE 5.3 Eventer by Lynx predictably flew to an orbital £47,730 with premium.
Gary Dunne, CCA’s Sales Manager, told C.A.R.: “These kind of results are testament to the cars offered, our customers and, of course, the team. Last year, the Silverstone Auctions Group, which includes Classic Car Auctions, were recognised as the UK market leaders in the classic car auction industry and this latest sales rate demonstrates why and how we achieved this accolade.”
“We would like to thank our vendors and buyers, old and new, for their continued support – especially with the current restrictions in place. Our next auction will be a two-day sale held Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 June during the seventh London Classic Car Show, which is being held this year at Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex,"
For the Midlands firm's debut in London and the South East, and their first auction where event-starved punters should be able to attend in person, CCA have reduced sellers' commission to a one-off rate of 2.5% and are offering vendors an entry fee package at £495.
Their deal not only includes VAT, but also a space in the auction area before an estimated 15,000 visitors over the Show's three day run, pro-photography, 360 internal and external video shoot, internet-cataloguing and promotion of the sale car with e-blasts, providing secure storage prior to sale and covered transportation to auction site via EM Rogers, bespoke 'virtual viewings' conducted ahead of the event, for which two entry tickets are included, as well as managing enquiries from potential buyers before and during the sale.
CCA's season opener at the end of March was the third of five such ‘Live’ On-Line auctions in a four day run at three locations around the UK that were only allowed to take place ‘Behind Closed-Doors’ .
First was the Aceca-Bristol project record heading H&H sale at their Warrington HQ. Then, there was a 98% sold SWVA Drive Through in Dorset, followed by this CCA sale in Warwickshire, where the new world record price was established for an Audi Quattro 20V. While both Silverstone Auctions Race Retro replacement car sales - during which there were buyers for 58% of Historic competition cars and 84% of road classics - were webcast on YouTube from Stoneleigh Park Saturday and Sunday.
The maths from these sales concluded that 358 collector-classics out of 430 auctioned had sold for a premium-inclusive £11,839,487.
For despite most of the post-Brexit economy still being suppressed by Parliament-imposed regulations and EU mainland consumption depressed by even higher waves of virus and spreading lockdowns, an absolutely extraordinary average of £33,071 was spent by buyers of classic motor cars during this clutch of busy UK auctions. RH-E

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Partially dismantled Aceca Bristol comes to market for first time in 52 years to set £99,000 resto-record in H&H On-Line auction

The 1960 AC Coupe was one of three fresh to market ‘Garage Find’ restoration projects from the estate of the late Terry Harrison, former rally navigator and club racer, sold by H&H to absentee bidders during their 24 March ‘Live’ sale on the internet for strong money.
The still highly original Aceca-Bristol had been off the road for decade before prompting a bidding battle until hammered down by principal Simon Hope and the H&H auctioneers team to a telephone contestant for £88,000 plus premium, the project being taken on for £99,000 with premium.
Distributed via Ken Rudd of Ruddspeed fame, Aceca chassis BE 786 with more powerful Bristol 100D2 engine, overdrive and front disc brakes was registered ‘1 BMJ’ in 1960 to the first owner, from whom Harrison purchased the Fixed Head Coupe in 1969, using it as a daily-driver and weekend hill climber.
Harrison's circa 1956 Lotus Eleven Series 1 Le Mans Coventry Climax Sports-Racer, crashed by him at Thruxton in 1975, in bits, incomplete and identified by chassis number NW 204, made an impressive £45,000 with premium. The original ‘204’ numbered car is apparently in the US, while another 204 Eleven surfaced on this side of the Atlantic Pond during the 1990s.
The FWA 6577 numbered engine with the project is understood to have been first fitted to GP journalist Gerard ‘Jabby’ Crombac’s Lotus Eleven number 152 before being transferred to  ex-Le Mans 750cc Eleven number 519.
The remains of a second, even less complete Eleven Series 1 project meanwhile, consisting of a chassis sourced from Geoffrey Crossley, a Coventy-Climax FEW 1.2 engine, MOWOG 4speed gearbox and desirable 5.3:1 differential EW engine, raised £28,125.
The whole auction, including automobilia and classic bikes, achieved a sale rate of 85% and grossed a sale total of £1m in a day. From the 82 cars offered, although15 were unsold, 6 were auctioned ‘Without Reserve’, and 57 or 70% did sell for £725,731, most to bidders who had not physically inspected cars in the metal.
Some 800 bidders registered to do so, not only from around the UK, but also casting their bids by net and phone from as far afield as Belgium, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Singapore and the US.
This was only the first of five such ‘Live’ On-Line auctions that took place behind closed-doors in the UK in five days - at H&H in their Warrington HQ, the SWVA Drive Through in Dorset, CCA in Warwickshire and at the two Silverstone Auctions Race Retro replacement sales at Stoneleigh Park - after which another 300 collector-grade cars had sold, 358 in total, for a premium-inclusive £11,839,487, extraordinary in pandemic.
For despite UK high streets being consigned to ghost town history, by the all bad news bulletins, and there being new waves of virus devastating confidence to consume on an increasingly commercially locked down EU mainland, last week and over the weekend, an average of £33,071 was spent by buyers of classic motor cars at the sales. RH-E

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1989 AMG wide-bodied 560SEC 6.0 Merc sells for £146,250 during 82% sold £1.49m Bonhams MPH Drive Through in Bicester Heritage hangar

The top selling 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC - one of just 26 such 5.6 to 6-litre upgraded wide-bodied AMG projectiles - was contested by bidders from Essex to the US, from where one telephone player had to pay £146,250 with premium to win the car at Bonhams MPH 20 March.
A Feltham-built in 1952 Lagonda 2.6 Drophead, sympathetically restored by a previous owner, found the next guardian with the forecast £76,500.
The same money also bought a Sonauto France supplied and still very original 1963 Porsche 356C Coupe. An ex-Sir Freddie Laker 1961 Mercedes 300d ‘Adenaur Limo’ also flew well to achieve a £54,000 result by telephone.
Rare in right-hand drive for the UK market and restored over several years by a previous owner, a 1965 Alfa Romeo Guilia Spider had been driven to market in Oxfordshire from Cornwall before making the required £52,875.
Although the sale of a £40,000-50,000 guided and 2016 Padua fair purchased 1959 Giulietta Sprint GT in left hand drive with 5-speed box option that had been in receipt of a £30,000 restoration in 2020 was abandoned with £34,000 on the screen.
The ultimate Esprit, a large rear winged 1998 Lotus V8 GT with uprated braking package made a more than expected £47,250.
By contrast, Spydersport Ltd‘s own DIY ‘Spyder Donington V8’  conversion for the 4-seater 1979 Lotus Elite, consisting of a Spyder rolling backbone chassis to accommodate a Rover 3.5 V8 engine and 5-speed manual transmission, stored since 2000, was bought for £11,200.
Five bidders competed for a North American market 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk2 lefty with new floor panels, sills, outriggers and body panels sold for £45,000.
Internet bidders were prepared to take on a part-complete Jaguar XK120 Roadster project with some spares that had been shipped to the US in October 1952 and was taken on sight-unseen in Oxfordshire 68 years later for £36,000.
A 1995 Impreza ‘Series McRae’ in Mica Blue with refurbished Speedline alloys in Gold, number 12 of only 200 produced by Prodrive for Subaru, also sold on the internet for £24,750.
While £22,500 bought a really well presented 1966 Austin Mini Cooper 998, a Goodwood Sunday breakfast meet regular, and £20,250 a 2018 restored and utterly mint 1970 Mini 1275GT, a 1994 vintage Mini Cooper in Group A Rally spec with only 2764 mileage that had included the 1996 Network Q Rally was acquired for £16,875.
From the same source as the Rover era Mini Cooper, a stage rally-prepped 1972 Ford Escort Mexico non-runner requiring attention and rear trim, but with potential, was landed for £20,416.
Whilst a now really rare 1965 Saab 96 Monte Carlo 850 2-stroke 3-carb rally car in excellent cosmetic order, that could not be driven across the block and required mechanical recommissioning, ran out of interest at £14,000, £4000 less than the catalogue expectation.
On the day however, £50,000-60,000 was too much for the ex-works 1963 Vauxhall 4/90 ‘4 FTM’ that had not only competed in the 1963/4 Monte Carlo, RAC, Tulip and Welsh rallies, but the 1963 Rally of the Midnight Sun and Spa-Liege as well as the retrospective 1997-1999 Monte Carlo Challenge, 1998 Classic Marathon and three Monte Carlo Historiques earlier this century
There were 9 Land Rovers for sale in the WW2 hangar, the top performer being a 34,500 mile 2013 Defender 110 XS 2.2 TDCi with tail lift that raised a more than estimated £33,750.
Right behind it though was a 1950 Series 1 80ins Landy with canvas tilt and still original chassis that had been treated to ground-up restoration, and which was contested by 4 i-bidders and 2 telephone competitors until won for £32,625.
A rare 1962 Ford Zodiac Mk2 Convertible survivor, with overdrive and servo-assisted front disc brakes option, made £20,250, the top estimate, and a 1953 Consul Mk1 Saloon with original interior for rolling restoration was taken on for £4500 on the saleroom platform.
An ex-‘19 Amphibious Squadron of the Royal Corps of Transport’ 1943 GMC ‘DUKW’ 353 6WD Troop Carrier, a former resident of the deceased Museum of Army Transport in Beverley, Yorkshire, requiring recommissioning before any active service on land or water in the after-life, was very keenly contested by preservationists from Falmouth to Germany before being sold for £32,625, £12,625 more than the top estimate.
A 90 year old Standard 9hp 1135cc 4-cylinder powered 111 chassis meanwhile, topped with 1931 2-door saloon coachwork by Swallow, for revival by full restoration or oily rag preservation, achieved a more than double estimate £14,062, thanks to French and UK bidders on internet and telephone.
Despite having to be held behind closed doors with no punters present, at least this 20 March sale could be ‘Live Streamed’ before cameras, with lots enthusiastically introduced by Gillian Carr and Matt Roberts and illustrated by well shot and fully descriptive videos.
By the end of the Saturday afternoon session, Auctioneers Rob Hubbard and Malcolm Barber had hammered away 82 of the 99 vehicles offered (plus a £8437 Brian James Enclosed Tri-Axle Classic Transporter) to absentee-bidders on-line, commission or specialist-manned phones for £1,487,875, a 12.5% premium-inclusive average of £18,145 spent per lot.
"This has been a very good start to 2021," Rob Hubbard, Head of Bonhams MPH, told C.A.R. "Although the country is in lockdown, the classic and collector's car market is still active and our sale format has once again proved successful."
He was particularly pleased with the global reach achieved."We had bidders from the Eurozone, Canada and the USA, where the AMG found a new home."
While 18 cars did not sell, impressively 82% did, particularly noteworthy being the 33% of them that achieved more than their top estimates. Another 33 went for within estimate band prices, too, while below forecast offers were instantly accepted by vendors of 34% of cars sold.
Subject to local Covid-19 regulations permitting an Open Doors sale with the catalogue-buying public permitted to be present, the next Bonhams MPH sale will be staged 22 May as a traditional 'Live' Drive Through. RH-E

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Divorce settlement drives £1.3m auction sale by Duke’s of 5 Bentleys and a Corvette belonging to West Country Care Homes owner

Lost and rediscovered in Afghanistan before being driven 5700 miles back to the UK, 1929 Bentley 4½-Litre Vanden Plas 4-Seater Tourer sold for £534,750 including 15% premium to an international buyer on a telephone who out-bid five other contestants.
The 92 year old Brit had been pre-sale estimated by the Dorset auctioneers to cost the next owner £500,000-700,000.
With their No 10-compliant sale still having to be held behind closed doors, offers for the Newton House Collection cars were fielded by the Dorchester firm from phone and internet, via the and easyliveauction platforms.
A 1956 Bentley S1 Continental HJ Mulliner crafted Fastback Auto guided at £300,000-400,000 was bid to £295,000 and cost a buyer £339,250 with premium. Whilst a £140,000-180,000 estimated 1935 ‘Derby Bentley’ 3½-Litre Manual Drophead Coupe by Thrupp & Maberly realised a premium-inclusive £144,900.
While two more Bentleys, a £200,000-300,000 1962 S2 Continental HJM 2-Door and a £80,000-90,000 2007 Azure 4-Seat 2-Door Convertible were neither hammered ‘live’ nor post-sold, a 2014 Continental GT Speed Convertible did make a more than top estimate £77,050 and a 1959 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Roadster Manual Lefty sold for a within forecast £57,500.
Having bought their Jacobean mansion and estate, which straddles the Somerset-Dorset borders, in 2007, Robin Cannon ‘split’ from his wife Jane in 2019, since when Newton House - for sale with an ‘asking price’ of £5.95m - has reportedly now been sold.
The 67 year old vendor’s collection had been housed in a climate-controlled 12-car man cave, while Newton House Gin, which cost £35 a bottle, was distilled on the estate.
After more than a year of locked down domestic imprisonments, and as the courts begin to clear a backlog of pre-pandemic divorce hearings, many more adult toys may have to be sold to meet a projected glut in such settlement claims.
The stats for market watchers from Duke’s 11 March ‘Bijoux Dispersal’ were 6 out of 8 classics offered sold, a 75% sale rate, for £1,286,850, an average of £214,475 with premium being spent per car bought.

On YouTube meanwhile...
North of the Scottish border, at Errol in Perthshire, most of the classics consigned by Morris Leslie for their 13 March ‘Behind Closed Doors’ Sale were driven (or pushed) past the rostrum in front of YouTube cameras
Top seller of the 39 cars sold from 55 offered was a 1962 Jaguar E Type 3.8 Fixed Head, estimated at £65,000-75,000, which just sold for £65,038 with premium.
Whereas a £35,000-45,000 guided 1986 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth 3-Door realised a better than forecast £53,213. A 2001 Ferrari 360 Spyder also out-performed its £37,000-42,000 estimate to sell for £43,000, and a 2006 Bentley Continental GTC Convertible sold for within £28,000-32,000 estimate £30,906.
By the time 10 post-sales had been gathered in, 39 of the 55 cars had sold for £374,428 with premium, a 71% sale rate and an average of £9601 had been spent per classic acquisition. RH-E

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Maradona Porsche Type 964 Cabrio scores more than double top estimate £413,713 during Bonhams Motor Cars first fully digital £3m auction

Bonhams ‘Les Grandes Marques du Monde à Paris’ Sale, held as a fully digital auction, the first sale in this format for Bonhams Motor Cars, concluded 10 March 2021 by when bidding time had run out for 36 cars sold for 3,560,975 euros (£3,052,056 with premium, an average of £84,056 spent per car).
Football legend Diego Maradona’s rare 911, which received worldwide pre-sale attention, grossed 483,000 euros (£413,713), nearly doubling its high estimate.
The late icon’s toy shared the top price in the results with a 1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series 2 Fixed Head for four also sold for 483,000 euros. Bids could be placed over seven days between 3-10 March on the Bonhams website and through their new app.
 “Combining our celebrated service and expertise with an innovative state-of-the-art technological offering, this was Bonhams Motor Cars first-ever digital-only auction,” said Paul Darvill, European Auctions Manager.
“We doubled the number of registrants and attracted bidders and buyers from 37 countries, 47% of bidders being new clients to the auction house. The market has great resilience and enthusiasm is enduring. We anticipate On-Line Only sales will become an important part of our calendar from now on.
Offered at auction for the first-time, Diego Maradona’s 1992 Porsche 911 Type 964 Carrera 2 Convertible with the ‘Works Turbo Look’ - delivered new to ‘El Diego’ in November 1992 and viewable in Belgium in 2021 - achieved 483,000 euros (£413,713), against an estimate of 150,000 - 200,000 euros, making more than double its high estimate.  
For the infamous World Cup winner, this had been a tricky time, both on and off the pitch. For having served a 15-month ban, he returned to playing football for Sevilla, in what proved to be his last season in Europe.
Maradona had rented the villa of Juan Antonio Ruiz Roman, Spain’s most famous bullfighter, and took delivery of the silver top-of-the-range Porsche on 6 November 1992. Only 1,200 variants of the 964 Carrera 2 Convertible with ‘Works Turbo Look’ were produced in a two-year run.
A supercar of its day, the 911 was powered by a 250bhp 3.6-litre Carrera 2 engine with a top speed of 260km/h. For within half an hour of taking delivery, the footballing legend reportedly cruised through the historic centre of Seville, famously jumping red lights and speeding up to 180kph. After just one season however, the waning star left the club in June 1993.
His Porsche meanwhile was sold to a private owner on the island of Majorca who owned it for 20 years before it passed through the hands of several private collectors. It had been catalogued as being practically original and yet in well-preserved condition, having covered circa 120,000 kms (75,000 miles) since new.
Unsurprisingly, a Porsche with Maradona provenance attracted attention from around the world, although it did share the top spot on the results with the original English Gentleman's Express, the DB4 being the fastest and most powerful British production car of its day. It was also the first Aston Martin to carry the 'Superleggera' all-aluminium bodywork by Carrozzeria Touring and the first to be powered by Aston’s all-new 240bhp six-cylinder 3.6-litre engine.
Delivered new to France in 1960, the DB4 had not left the French capital, where it could be viewed before selling for 482,000 euros (£413,950 with premium).
James Knight, Group Chairman of Bonhams Motoring said, “I was particularly pleased that the Aston Martin DB4 achieved such a good result. It demonstrates clearly the abiding interest in the marque, which we now find is increasing apace. The result comes hot off the heels of the very successful price we made for the DB4GT that sold at Bonhams’ Legends of the Road Sale last month in the UK.”
Other internet highlights included – a 1959 Porsche 356A T2 1600 Super Convertible D by Drauz in Belgium sold for 253,000 euros (£216,707); a French resident 1987 Ferrari 512BBi Coupe, one of 1007 with recent cambelt renewal, achieved 184,000 euros (£157,695); and a Belgian Henri Chapron certificated 1971 Citroën DS21 IE Décapotable maintained by Bart Kochen made 172,000 euros (£147,839).
A 1952 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe with Abbott of Farnham coachwork for four that had been supplied to New Zealand and had also ended up in Belgium fetched 126,500 euros (£108,253); a French consigned and resident 1926 Salmson GSS Sports-Tourer meanwhile sold for 115,000 euros (£98,559); and a Belgian-based 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 2.6 Mk1 Mulliner of Brum bodied 2+2 Hatchback, an older restoration for mechanical recommissioning at least, was taken on for 115,000 euros (£98,554).
The 2014 Belgium Historic Porsche Cup winning 1974 911 3.0 Carrera RSR Rep up rated to 325bhp was acquired for 109,250 euros (£93,578); and a 1955 Jaguar XK140 SE Drophead , one of 2310, that had started life in the US and was in Belgium found 109.250 euros (£93,578).
By the time bidding time had run out and international computer mice had gone elsewhere to click and collect, 36 or 54% of the 67 classics on the web had sold under the digital gavel, whereas best offers fell short of reserves for the other 31 unsold cars, all but two of which were left-hand drive.
For unless hooked on Maradonna memorabilia, pandemic malaise continues to globally depress unvaccinated consumers, it would seem. RH-E

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Bond Bug makes record £29,160 at ACA, where 750 registered to bid on one platform and 93% of 171 cars sell for £1.7m

Apart from the mega price paid for the 1973 Bug that has been stored for 42 years until 2019, when totally restored, only 700 miles ago, other noteworthy valuations recorded at the Norfolk firm’s first 27 & 28 February ‘Drive Through’ weekend of the locked down New Year, included a 1974 Jensen Interceptor III driven a warranted 25,000 miles by one owner sold for £73,440.
After several days of socially-distanced trade appointments had been accommodated, the highest priced Fast Ford to sell on-line and telephone behind closed doors in King’s Lynn this time was an upgraded to 300bhp 1986 Sierra RS Cosworth with 69,000 recorded mileage sold on the internet for £59,400.
Right behind the 3-Door though was a 1962 Jaguar E Type S1 Roadster stalled project. In many bits and without seats and glass, the former US resident had been guided at £40,000-50,000, but was taken on for £56,700.
A 37,870 mile 1998 Land Rover V8 that had celebrated the 50th Anniversary in Japan, from where it had been repatriated in 2019, fetched a way over £25,000 top estimate to sell to one i-bidder for £38,880. A 2003 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante with 50,797 warranted mileage was bought for £32,400.
A No Reserve 1981 Ford Fiesta 1.3 Supersport Mk1 with 81,000 recorded mileage had been extensively restored with Recaro seats in 2011 and cost the next owner £24,840 in 2021. Driven 106,000 miles since 1987, a Capri 280 Brooklands Mk3 with 3.2 motor made £18,900, more than top estimate.
After many years inactivity, a well presented 1953 Bentley R Type was sold to one telephone bidder for a more than estimated £25,830 and a 2010-2017 stored 1990 Porsche 944 S2 Turbo sold to another for £23,220.
Much shown and diligently preserved, a 1972 Lancia 2000 Sedan had served an ex-Ghandi movie cameraman well before selling to the fourth owner on a Sunday in Norfolk for a more than double top estimate £21,840.
Restored in 2015 and 2016, and better than when it was new in 1981, a Monte Carlo S2 Spider from the same Fiat-owned marque had somehow survived the Comecon sourced steel rot that ravaged so many of its siblings to warrant a £20,790 result. A 1975 Alfa Romeo GT 1600 Junior in recent receipt of renewed sills and floor pans meanwhile made a double top estimate £20,250.  
A shining 1973 Morris Mini Moke had been shipped from Australia in 1982, since when it had changed hands nine times before doing the same here via a phone for £18,630, £3630 more than forecast. A high-spec BMW Mini John Cooper Works, which had been driven only 6490 miles since new in 2004, sold in front of a YouTube audience for £14,850, more than £6500 over top estimate.
The oldest cars to cross the block were a good looking 1930 Riley Nine Special sold to a telephone bidder for a within estimate band £23,760,  a 1932 Wolseley Hornet Special with Jarvis body for a below forecast £21,600 and an executors entered 1930 MG M Type which had to be pushed past the cameras, but still realised £17,550.
There were buyers, too, for the remains of all three 1957-1960 Heinkel-Trojan Microcars, which were bravely swept up for £2970, £2214 and £1010. A No Reserve Sinclair C5 trike with charger and weather gear sold under the hammer for £863.
Whereas the newest lot to cross the block with only 2864 mileage, a 2004 Subaru Forester being thinned from a collection was keenly contested until sold to an internet salegoer for £14,040, £6000 more than the guide.    
By Saturday lunchtime, 1357 were viewing Day One of the Drive Through webcast from Norfolk on YouTube, which inspired much absentee e-comment from as far away as Thailand to Melbourne in OZ, from Lhasa to Germany.
One Irish Republic punter complained via his keyboard that Brexit bureaucracy was impeding his former access to being able to buy UK classics at auction. Others cheerily contributed comment from “Sunny Clacton and Blackpool” as well as Hartlepool, which a YouTuber proclaimed was “The Caribbean of the North”.
100% of the preceding automobilia sold out both days. A Beckmeter Mobiloil Shot Delivery Petrol Pump was acquired for £1,121 and a Wayne Skeleton Petrol Pump for £920. A strictly ‘decorative’ Penny Farthing’ style bike was wheeled away for £1380. Being 246cm long x 100cm high, a ‘Duckhams 20-50 Lubrication Service’ sign in aluminium really was particularly large for £604. £4590 was required to retain the ‘RRX 6’ reg.
In summary, Day One saw 74 cars, 91% of the 81 offered sell for £523,342 including 8% premium and only 7 unsold. Halfway through the Day Two session, 2016 YouTubers were goggling 84 or 93% cars sell for £1,170,204 with premium and only 6 failing to sell.
Anglia Car Auctions season-opening weekend stats therefore amounted to 158 cars or 93% sold for a premium-inclusive £1,693,546, an average of £10,719 being spent per classic bought, and just 13 cars or 7.6% unsold.
More of the same, with viewings by trade-only appointments and a bespoke preview-video service before sale days held behind closed doors, but in front of high quality cameras, will again take place over slightly rescheduled 1/2 May and 26/27 June weekends.
By when, and with a great deal of luck, some Government restrictions may have been lifted and our pent-up demand released, so that the maturer boys and girls may be permitted to have days out at the races or auctions. RH-E

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White Gloves worn in West End after 1937 Bugatti T57S clears £4m and DB4 GT project nearly £2m during 100% sold sale

A rare 1937 Bugatti Type 57S, which had been off the road and out of sight for the past 51 years, sold for just over £4m during the ‘Live and On-Line’ Bonhams’ Legend of the Road  sale at the international auction house’s flagship New Bond Street London saleroom Friday 19 February. 
The desirable pre-war supercar, the fastest road car of its time and one of only 42 produced, was the physical centrepiece of a carefully curated sale of just six collector vehicles, all of which sold in a 100% sold sale totalling more than £7m with automobilia.
By mutual agreement however, a £700,000-900,000 guided and Ferrari Classiche certificated 1965 275GTS Convertible, one of 19 in right-hand drive, had changed hands pre-sale for an undisclosed sum.
The much promoted and traditional catalogue cover starring Bugatti had been preserved since 1969 in the North Staffordshire workshop of its late owner, respected engineer and Bugattiste Bill Turnbull, and was presented in exceptionally time warp condition, with largely intact black paintwork, cream leather interior and original open-top 4-seater coachwork.
New Zealander Turnbull had embarked on a painstaking restoration project, which was his life’s work, the 57S was offered as a very advanced project in progress, close to completion and only in need of some final re-assembly. With the other 57S already in museums and known collections, this was almost certainly the last hidden away example to come to market.
With bespoke coachwork by Corsica of London to the specification of its first owner, shipping magnate Sir Robert Ropner, the 57S was built on a special lightweight chassis previously used on one of three Bugatti works 1936 Type 57G Streamliner ‘Tank’ Sports, which contested Grand Prix in 1936 and set high speed records, with such drivers as Jean-Pierre Wimille and Pierre Veyron at the wheel.
Estimated to realise £5,000,000-7,000,000, but auctioned Without Reserve, bidding opened on one telephone at £2,600,000, and in £200,000 and then £50,000 increments, auctioneer Malcolm Barber’s gavel finally determined new ownership of the ‘DUL 351’ registered 57S chassis 57503 after £3,600,000 had been bid in the saleroom, costing the next owner £4,047,000 including buyer’s premium.
Sholto Gilbertson, Director Bonhams Motor Cars UK, said: “This Sleeping Beauty was certainly one of the most important pre-war Bugattis. The Type 75S offers an exciting opportunity for its new owner to complete Bill Turnbull’s ambitious and exacting restoration.”
The Aston Martin DB4GT dispersed here had been supplied new in 1960 to Syd Greene and son Keith’s Gilby Engineering, whose cars raced in 12 F1 World Championship GPs 1954-1962. Consigned by the executors of the late David J Picking, in whose family ownership the ’36 HYL’ registered 0113 had been for some 54 years, the all numbers still matching GT had been last on the road in 1983.
Offered as a stalled restoration project on wheels, part-rebuilt and dismantled, but with nearly all its original parts present, including period push-button radio, both body and chassis had been expertly restored by Bodylines in 2010. The potential of the £1,400,000-1,800,000 estimated challenge inspired an eight-way bidding battle on camera between masked specialists manning socially-distanced lecterns in the saleroom until a winner had bid £1,750,000 and paid £1,975,000 with premium.
One of only 85 examples of the Frazer Nash TT, named after the short-lived British firm’s success in the Northern Ireland Tourist Trophy in 1931 and 1932, and aimed at the ‘sporting motorist’, the 1934 dated TT Rep chassis 2109 with the correct-type Meadows 4ED engine in the sale had been forecast to cost a buyer £200,000-250,000.
Topped with open 2-seater body by AFN, ‘AMT 411’ was tested by its first owner in high speed and reliability trials, and then in VSCC races by the recently deceased Ian Trainer, who kept the car for more than 50 years.
Having been off the road for at least the last 10 years, ‘AMT 411’ had recently been re-commissioned by marque specialists Blakeney Motorsports before being seriously contested by three internet bidders, who never let any telephone bidders into their scrap, until one had won the car for £253,000 with premium.
The car section opening 1955 Jaguar XK140 Roadster, the 21st of only 74 right-hand drive cars, had been upgraded with 3.8-litre competition engine formerly used by legendary Jaguar saloon racer Albert Betts and Getrag 5-speed transmission, although both original 3.4 engine and 4-speed gearbox were also included. Restored by CKL Developments in 2012 and with interior re-trim by Barton & Son including Reutter buckets, the Coventry Cat from long-term family ownership of more than 50 years was rehomed during the sale for £92,000 with premium, albeit £38,000 below the £130,000 lower estimate sought.
The brief evening session ended with a 1913 Panhard et Levassor 2.2-litre 12hp X19 for two sharing a bench seat, again offered from the Bill Turnbull stable. In Bill’s ownership for more than 65 years, the Panhard had been extensively restored by him and was offered with fantastically-detailed archive. £40,000-60,000 had been suggested, but the No Reserve car was knocked down for £28,000 most fittingly to a telephone bidder, an old acquaintance of Turnbull in New Zealand, who had driven the car in 1962 and for which he paid £32,200 with premium. 
The preceding Automobilia section also had a 100 per cent success rate, with the majority of lots selling in excess of their top estimates, including a Bugatti Type 57/57S gearbox, which achieved £24,000, and a Furet-Gergovia 1200kg jack, to suit Bugatti Type 57/57S, also offered from the Turnbull estate, which soared past its top estimate of £400 to realise £3,060.
James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Chairman, said: “This sale shows that exceptional examples of rare and pedigree collectors’ motor cars are attracting strong interest and bids from passionate collectors and enthusiasts. 
"It also proves the effectiveness of our proven Live and Online format - Bonhams innovative response to the global and local restrictions resulting from Covid-19 - which still enabled spirited bidding from around the world.”
The next auction to be staged by Bonhams Motor Car Department is their first fully digital ‘Les Grand Marques du Monde à Paris Sale', for which bidding by mouse opens 3 and closes 10 March, when time runs out. RH-E

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Over £8m spent on internet on 8 classics in UK, including £2.75m on 1961 AM DB4 GT, during 100% sold Gooding US sale

Gooding & Company, the Santa Monica California auction firm that has sold many of the highest value collector cars, realized £8,453,500 at its ‘Geared On-Line’ UK sale, bidding commencing 28 January and timing out 5 February. The American firm achieved a 100% sell-through rate with two cars selling for more than £1 million and the average paid per car amounting to £939,278.
"We are delighted to have a 100% sell-through rate in our second-ever UK auction," states Gooding & Company President and Founder, David Gooding. "This auction not only demonstrated the impressive strength of the car market, but also the company’s global reach. While the European Sporting & Historic sale also proves the success of our Geared Online series."
The nine-car collection, all displayed and viewed by interested parties in a storage facility in Potters Bar, Hertforshire, and consisting of fine examples of major collectible marques, saw Aston Martin take home the top sale, with a 2020  RSW restored 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT, one of 75 and one of 30 in left-hand drive, for which £2,000,000-2,500,000 had been estimated. realise a final price of £2,750,000 inluding premium.
The 1967 Brussels Motor Show Ferrari 275 GTB/4 with new interior became the second-highest selling car at a price of £1,870,000, £1,750,000-2,000,000 had been forecast, followed by an immaculate 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, from the final years of production with alloy block and disc brakes, for which £900,000-1,200,000 had been suggested, but which sold for £935,000.
The second Aston Martin in the sale, a £750,000-1,000,000 1963 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible,a right-hand drive car in receipt of Adrian Johnson restoration in 2008, fetched £836,000 after a lengthy back-and-forth between prospective owners.
The nine-day sale also included a 1930 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre 4-Seater Sports Tourerby Vanden Plas that was guided at £450,000-650,000, but which achieved £539,000, a 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Pointed Tail Two Seater by Hoffman and Burton, estimated at £400,000-600,000, that sold for £627,000, and a British Racing Grreen made 1950 Bentley B Special Speed 8 on a MkVI chassis with B80 Straight Eight on 4 carbs, which had been estimated to cost £225,000-300,000, but for which £214,500 was accepted.
A pair of pristine Rolls-Royces rounded out the on-line only auction with a £600,000-800,000 estimated 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Drophead Coupe by Freestone & Webb selling for a way under forecast £396,000, and a £450,000-650,000 guided 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental by Barker, a veteran from the 1932 RAC and 1933 Monte Carlo Rallies, for which £286,000 was accepted. Once the wheels of choice for the discerning and dashing automobilist pre-WW2, Rollers like these have become less fashionable than once they were.
Cars sold and their prices –
1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT £2,750,000
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 £1,870,000
1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster £935,000
1963 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible £836,000
1931 Bentley 8 Litre Pointed Tail Two Seater £627,000
1930 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Sports Tourer £539,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Drophead Coupe £396,000
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental £286,000
1950 Bentley B Special Speed 8 £214,500
Geared Online – The Phil Hill Automobilia Collection “A Life in Racing” –
Gooding & Co’s next sale will be The Phil Hill Automobilia Collection. The second of the three sales dedicated to legendary American race car driver, Phil Hill, will focus on the celebrated competitor’s life in racing. In total, over 300 lots charting the life and successful racing career of Phil Hill will be available for the first time ever at public auction will time out 'Without Reserve' 19 February.
Highlights include a Herbert Johnson Racing Helmet (Estimate: $80,000-$110,000), Phil Hill’s Le Mans 1962 Winner’s Trophy (Estimate: $20,000-$40,000), a Rolex 'Zenith' Daytona Ref. 16520 (Estimate: $30,000-$50,000), and a Shelby Cobra Team Jacket, c.1963 (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000).

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Brexit red tape will mean time-consuming Carnets and VAT taxation of previously free movement of classics between UK and EU

All sectors of the collector car industry are being hit by greatly increased paperwork as vehicle movements from the UK now require not only a Carnet, but a swingeing 40% (of Vehicle Value) Bond to be presented at the border, plus 20% VAT payable on cars purchased in Europe and imported to the UK.
UK classic car businesses, including auctions as well as classic eventers and tourists, all seek some urgent clarity from the small print writers.

It was at 11 pm on December 31 2020 that the United Kingdom definitely ended the transition period from Membership in the European Union and began trading under terms agreed with the EU just a few days before. The result has been increased red tape and a fair amount of confusion, reports John Mayhead of International Motor Insurance Brokers Hagerty, who monitor the global car market. “For after years of speculating about the potential impact of Brexit on the UK classic and collector car world, we are now experiencing it first-hand.”
“Any new system was always going to cause confusion at first, and Britain’s new relationship with the EU comes with a raft of new bureaucracy, where almost none previously existed,” said Hagerty’s Head of UK Valuations.
“We could plan for a no-deal, as we knew what that would look like” said Peter Bonham Christie, founder of Straight Eight Logistics, one of the UK’s historic vehicle transport firms “but we only found out what was in the treaty a week before we had to put it into practice, and now about 90 percent of my working life is spent working with the customs agency.”
Every vehicle movement from the UK now requires an ATA Carnet. An Access/Temporary Access Carnet is like a passport for goods, a bond that guarantees that your items won’t disappear after they enter the country. While an ATA costs just a few hundred pounds, a returnable bond payment of 40 per cent of vehicle value also has to be presented. Even if the value of a car is only £10,000, the bond is £4000; for a £1m vehicle it is £400,000.
Newly introduced costs and paperwork are also affecting British exporters. Julian Majzub of classic-specialist manufacturer Blockley Tyres told Hagerty “The paperwork, aggravation, increase in costs, real delays and inconvenience to customers will impact us. Obviously, we’ll make the best of it, but I’ve now got quite a heavy monkey to carry on my back that my competitors don’t.”
Dealers serving the enthusiast market have not been greatly affected: It’s a quiet time of the year for classic sales, and British buyers tend to favour right-hand drive cars from the home market. For those selling more expensive cars though, things are different. 
“Our business is very international,” said international collector car dealer Max Girado “The new rules are quite draconian, and everyone is getting used to them. With time we will all adapt, but from a business perspective, Brexit has not helped us in any way.”
Dealers of more modern collectable cars have their own specific issue - the addition of a 20 percent value-added tax (VAT) to the import of used cars from Europe that are less than 30 years-old. “This is a real problem,” said Edward Lovett, dealer and founder of the Collecting Cars internet platform. “A buyer searching for a rarer modern performance model might typically have looked in Europe. Now that comes with a hefty additional cost.”
UK-based auction houses have historically held sales all over Europe and also welcomed EU-consigned cars to British auctions. Now cars (and their sales rostrums, speakers, and other paraphernalia) will have to be temporarily imported, with all the extra paperwork that entails. But, have sales been affected?
Mark Perkins, founder and managing director of Historics auction house set an optimistic tone when asked about its Monaco sale scheduled for 23rd April. “Significant collector car consignments have already been sourced from UK vendors, together with serious consignment interest received at our UK and European offices by non-UK domiciled vendors. Three months before the sale, it’s too early to comment meaningfully on bidder registration but that again will give us some useful insights into UK/International buying patterns.”
Many in the industry claim the rules aren’t clear. Whether UK historic vehicles are still exempt from EU low-emission zone regulations, whether spares can be boxed together under one carnet, and what happens to them if they’re used rather than new; the answers are impossible to find in official literature and will only be discovered later, as the rules are tested.
However, the current COVID crisis could be unexpectedly acting in the industry’s favour as lockdown has given breathing space to many as they investigate how it all works.
Some fear that COVID could be shrouding the true depth of the crisis.  “How much of the downturn we have yet to feel is COVID and how much is Brexit?” asks Julian Majzub. “The British Government say everything is down to COVID, but when the country comes off furlough in June, we’ll see the state of things and where unemployment really is.”
John Mayhead, Head of UK Valuations, concluded “It’s a fair prediction to say that summer 2021 may be a watershed for the UK historic vehicle community. What effect this may have on the average enthusiast is yet to be seen, but most seem determined to work around the problems and get back to normal as soon as possible. The UK has always been a mainstay of the classic car industry and it seems our industry is determined to succeed; whatever barriers are put in front of them“

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1972 Le Mans winning Matra makes 6.91m euros (£6.01m) and 1.97m euros (£1.72m) Group B 1988 Audi becomes world's top priced rally car

In a crowded Paris saleroom, Artcurial’s Three Musketeers, orchestrated by Maitre Poulain and flanked by Motor Cars MD Matthieu Lamoure and Pierre Novikoff, enthusiastically sold the 4.5-7.5m euros estimated Le Mans 24 Hours winning 1972 Matra Sports for 5,000,000 euros under the gavel, amounting to 6,907,200 euros (£6,078,736) including premium and French tva on the lot.
To loud and webcast applause, the Henri Pescarolo/Graham Hill driven Matra-Simca 670 - Museum-displayed for many decades by owners Matra Automobiles, but recently demonstrated by Beltoise Junior on video on track at today’s Le Mans circuit (image above by Phillippe Louzon for Artcurial) - became the highest priced Matra ever.
All 40 voitures auctioned in the Retromobile replacing 5 February’ Parisienne 2021’ billed sale could be previewed in a really well presented exhibition setting, including the world’s most selectively curated Group B Rally Car Collection from long term static-display at Le Manoir de l'Automobile at Loheac, led by the 1988 Race of Champions Audi Sport Quattro S1.
All the Group B greats - Michelle Mouton, Juha Kankunen, Timo Salonen - had tamed this, the ultimate Works Rally Quattro (rather than the even more extreme 1984-1987 'Pikes Peak Sport Quattro S1 Specials'), which went on to change hands for the first time since 1989 for 1,968,000 (£1,731,840), over twice its pre-sale estimate and the highest price paid at auction for any rally car worldwide.
Timo Salonen had also driven the Michel Hommell and Olivier Quesnel Collection’s Peugeot 205 Turbo 16, one of 19 Evo 2 versions, on the 1986 Swedish Rally and Bruno Saby won the Tour de Corse in the car, before it overtook its 800,000 euros top estimate to make an applauded 951,200 euros (£837,056 with premium), a record price for a Peugeot 205.
While Bruno Saby had rallied the Miki Biasion driven Martini-livered factory team 1986 Lancia Delta S4 which realised 788,000 euros (£694,144), top estimate money. The Martini advertising 1985 Lancia 037 Evo 2 Coupe, once in Olio Fiat colours when driven by Fabrizio Tabaton, was landed for 533,600 euros (£469,568), just over lower estimate.
The Didier Auriol 1986 French Rally Championship winning 1985 MG Metro 6R4 with ‘C206 JMB’ UK registration failed to reach the 280,000-360,000 euros suggested and was unsold with an insufficient 240,000 euros (£211,200) on the bidding screen.
The 1985 Renault 5 Maxi Turbo however, the most powerful 2WD Group B R5 Turbo, that had been rallied, crashed and a winner in the hands of multiple World Champ Carlos Sainz in period, did make a more than guide 649,600 euros (£571,648) to much applause. While the Renault Clio Maxi FIA Homologated ‘Kit Car’ driven by Jean Ragnotti during the 1985 French Rally Championship sold in the room to a masked buyer for 182,120 euros (£160,266), more than forecast.
Big euros cars that failed to excite sufficient telephone interest, waving hands or clicking mice included the 4-5m euros guided 1932 Bugatti T55 with Van Vooren Roadster coachwork, the winner of the first Lyon-Charbonniere Rally, a 3.8-4.4m 1957-63 raced Porsche 550A Speedster and a 1.4-1.8m 1954 Bentley Continental R HJM, one of 12 in LHD.
There were five price-significant Aston Martins sold in this, the first major test of the second year in pandemic for the EU mainland market. For a well below 1.6-2.4m estimated 1,324,000 euros (£1,165,120) bought the ex-Peter Livanos 1959 DB4 GT, one of 75 4 GTs that had been in vendor ownership since 1994. While a below 1.2-1.6m euros estimate 1,128,000 euros (£992,640) was accepted for the 1965 Los Angeles Motor Show Short-Chassis Volante.
The 1964 Paris Motor Show stand exhibited DB5 Vantage, one 25 in LHD, was auctioned ‘Without Reserve’ and went for 788,800 euros (£694,144). A 1961 DB4 with DB5 engine changed hands again after 25 years for 243,600 euros (£214,368), the lower estimate, and a 1955 DB2/4 Mk1 Drophead went for a close to lower estimate 243,600 euros (£214,368).
The next day’s Automobilia sale, held in two sessions with the mainly Ferrari-themed artefacts displayed in the Fine Arts gallery setting of Hotel Dassault saw 94% of lots sell for 905,554 euros (£796,888).
A highlight of the former collection of Giuseppi 'Beppe' Neri, friend of Enzo Ferrari and the emblematic figure of the 'Il Cavallino Restaurant' for over 35 years, was the last F1 V12 engine built by Ferrari at Maranello, which found a new owner with 169,000 euros (£148,720). While a Tipo 056 F1 motore fit for a well dressed man den also changed hands for 41,600 euros (£36,608), well above estimate.
Following a long bidding battle on the internet, telephone and in the room, one of the two sections of bodywork from Alain Prost’s Ferrari 641 finally sold to a bidder in the room for 143,000 euros (£125,840), over seven times their estimate.
The second part was dedicated to another enthusiast’s cache of Workshop Memorabilia, comprising spare parts, catalogues and manuals. Many lots fetched prices well over forecast, including five pairs of Ferrari mechanics’ overalls that raised 11,050 euros (£9724). Far too pricey to actually wear anywhere other than in a very well dressed paddock bar or at the right party.
Before any post-sales were concluded, ‘live’ and under the hammer, 26 cars, 65% of the 40 offered, had sold for 17,634,280 euros including premium (£15,518,166 in Brexit currency), but without TVA on same added, which remains custom and practice for French auction houses. The average spent per automobile bought at this sale was a premium-inclusive 678,242 euros (£596,853), a quite extraordinary amount in the most extraordinary of times. RH-E

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Mecum sell 2,230 cars for record $141m (£103m) in Florida at 89% sold Drive-Thru at Kissimmee and 100% Punta Gorda sell-out

The 2021 edition of the world’s largest Collector Automobile Auction was the most successful sale in Mecum company history. For 10 days at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida, the Wisconsin auctioneers drove their vendors’ cars across the block, despatching 2,030 of them to new homes to achieve an Oldtimer Economy boosting 89% sell-through rate and overall sales of $122.9m (£89.7m) – the highest single auction total ever achieved in Mecum’s 34-year history.
Less than a week later, Mecum took the auction action just 2.5 hours southwest to Punta Gorda, where the company auctioned the Muscle Car City Museum Collection at ‘No Reserve’, sending 200 more collector cars into the hands of eager enthusiasts bidding both on-site and from the comfort of home.
Mecum Kissimmee 2021 was held January 7-16, the Friday 15 sale was the largest single-day total in company history, as the very well attended day’s sales reached $34m (£24.8m) with Carroll Shelby's personal 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra - the Holy Grail chassis CSX3178, ex-Shelby Estate, Legendary Motor Co restored, most atmospheric image above by Mecum- becoming the annual event’s top seller and taking the crown as the most valuable 427 Cobra ever sold at public auction with a $5.94m (£4.34m) final sale price.
The bids poured in from those on-site at the auction as well as from those bidding remotely by both internet and telephone, and the combined synergy of strong bids coming in from every avenue available created a symphony of sales and an overall sell-through rate of 89%, the highest ever achieved at a reserve-based auction and sustained over a 10-day period.
Friday January 8 meanwhile marked a ‘Single-Day Reserve Auction’ best for Mecum who sold 92% of cars offered.
Runner up to the nearly $6m (£4.4m) sale of CSX3178 was a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Roadster, unique in Tuxedo Black, raced in period and offered from the ‘Special Exhibition Mecum Gallery Collection’, that brought $2.5m (£1,825,000).
Five more vehicles broke the million-dollar mark as well, with another 1967 427 Cobra, restored chassis CSX3318, selling for $1.38m (£1,007,000), two 1956/57 Mercedes-Benz 300SLs, a matching numbers Gullwing with original belly pans selling for $1.57m (£1,146,100) and a Hjeltness Restorations restored Roadster with Bosch FI $1.21m (£883,300), A 1966 Ferrari 275GTS reaching $1.35m (£985,500) and a 1965 Iso Grifo A3/C Bizzarrini, one of 12 A3/'Competition' racers built by the factoryreaching $1.18m (£861,400).
Private collections were another auction highlight with more than two dozen being dispersed and some of the finest assemblages bringing in top dollar.
The headlining Larry Carrell Collection saw all 32 of the vehicles sell under the hammer for a total of $3.14m (£2,292,200), while the Michael Fux Collection also achieved a 100% sell-through and $852,500 (£622,325) in total overall sales.
The Marshall Goldman Collection was was another especially notable group that reached $2.42m (£1,766,600) as all 23 cars sold under the hammer, and the Aaronson Estate Collection brought $1.06m (£773,800).
Mecum kept the Florida auction action going strong with the offering of the Muscle Car City Collection in Punta Gorda the following weekend January 22-23. Another massively successful event, the collection auction saw all 200 vehicles, plus all Road Art and Memorabilia offered, hammer- sold for $18.4m (£13,432,000).
Top-selling cars included a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod sold for $368,500 (£269,005), a 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro for  $297,000 (£216,810) and a 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible Resto Mod that brought $253,000 (£184,690).
These were unprecedented valuations for such muscular US stock on the greener side of the Atlantic pond. But then this was Florida, one of the ‘Republican Red’ won territories, which has become a sanctuary for ex-President Trump in exile, and where Petrolheads can still play with their V8s.
The Biden-Harris regime however, who immediately re-joined the Paris Climate Agreement, have already directed their Department of the Interior to pause oil and gas drilling leases on Federal lands and water.
For under the new Administration, homeland drilled oil, previously regarded as the lifeblood of the nation, will no longer be protected by the new occupants of The White House, who may next attempt to extinguish automobiles with exhaust pipes.
In the meantime, and in the here and now, The Mecum Kissimmee 2021 Top Ten shows just how much consumers are prepared to pay for their hobby-mobiles -
1. 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster $5,940,000 (£4,336,200)
2. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Roadster $2,500,000 (£1,825,000)
3. 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing $1,567,500 (£1,144,275)
4. 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster $1,375,000 (£1,003,750)
5. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS $1,347,500 (£983,675)
6. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster $1,210,000 (£883,300)
7. 1965 Iso Grifo A3/C Bizzarrini $1,182,500 (£863,225)
8. 2018 Ford GT '67 Heritage Edition No.174 $990,000(£722,700)
9. 1971 Plymouth Cuda Convertible $962,500 (£702,625)
10. 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster $935,000 (£682,550)
While those that made ‘The Muscle Car City Collection Top Ten’ chart were surely inspirational too -
1. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Resto Mod $368,500 (£269,005)
2. 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro $297,000 (£215,810)
3. 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible Resto Mod $253,000 (£184,690)
4. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Resto Mod $231,000 (£168,630)
5.  1961 Chevrolet Impala Convertible $220,000 (£160,600)
6. 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible $214,500 (£156,585)
7.  1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro $209,000 (£152,570)
8.  1968 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible $209,000 (£152,570)
9.  1965 Chevrolet C10 Pickup $198,000 (£144,540)
10. 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Z16 $187,000 (£136,510)
Clearly consumer demand for all of the above has been pent-up in many US States during pandemic paralysis and pre-occupation with losing or winning the Presidential Election.
Mecum's next ‘Live’ traditional format auction event will be ‘Glendale 2021’, which has been scheduled for March 18-20 2021 at State Farm Stadium, where, on past form, some 1200 vehicles are likely to cross the block. For more details on their upcoming auctions, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder, best advice has to be visit or call (262) 275-5050 for more information.
Whether the same rush of enthusiasm to physically check out the metal again and wave hands at auctioneers in sweaty tents and characterless exhibition halls will happen with the same volumne of hullabaloo on this side of what has become a largely 'Virtual' planet' remains to be seen.
For so many of us, clicking away with an obedient mouse in lockdown has become easier, faster and so much cheaper than venturing out and about in the real world. Many of our batteries may be just too flat to accept charge.

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1955 D Type sells for $6m in Arizona, where RM Sotheby’s sell 89% of cars for $35m and 50% of bidding was on-line

The D Type Jaguar purchased new in in 1955 from Bernie Ecclestone by the late Peter Blond, who successively raced it in period, but who succumbed sadly to Covid in an Oxford hospital only very recently, was sold to a telephone bidder at the RM Sotheby’s Friday 22 January at Scottsdale for a within guide $6,000,000 (£4,380,000).
Our thanks to the auctioneers for the supply of the illustrative image (taken by Patrick Ernzen, who we are pleased to credit) of this year’s top priced Scottsdale car which heads this Review.
It was at the wheel of XKD 518 that Privateer Blond achieved second and first place finishes at Snetterton in June 1956, followed by another win at the Norfolk circuit in September. During hectic 1956 and 1957 seasons, car and driver also raced at Aintree, Silverstone, Oulton Park and Goodwood, where Blond finished ninth in the Goodwood Trophy.
The well documented car was sold by Blond to Jonathan Sieff in 1957, raced by Jean Bloxham in 1961, and subsequently owned by John Coombs and, later, by Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant.
Retaining many of its original components, and in BRG for a while, the car had then been returned to the ex-factory Bright Red with matching interior, one of only a very few of the production D Types to have been turned out in this colour combo at the old Browns Lane works in the once Coventry Motown.
A great car, with super and uninterrupted history, which duly set the 2021 price in public auction at $6m (£4.4m) for a privateer D Type. Not a works or Ecurie Ecosse team car, sure, but car and back story would tick most collector-driver boxes. And eligible for everything, everywhere too.
Second in the RM Sotheby results at Scottsdale this year was a 1937 Bugatti T57SC Tourer, one of eight to have been bodied by Corsica, only two of which were four-seaters. Retaining original chassis, engine, gearbox differential and body, the elegant automobile had been in the Judge North and General Lyons collections before transacting here for £4,735,000 (£3,456,550), the lower estimate with premium.
The final place on the webcast valuations podium was occupied by a 2020 vintage McLaren Speedtail, the first of the most technically advanced and fastest McLaren road models to have sold in public auction.
With central driving position and three-seat configuration, and one of only 106 produced (in tribute to the 106 McLaren F1s), 1035hp 250mph Speedtail ‘Number 36’ flew into new ownership for $3,227,500 (£2,356,075) with premium.
Premium price hunters for any of the other 105 Speedtails however will be only too aware that $3,500,000-4,500,000 (£2,555,000-3,285,000) had been sought for the highly MSO-optioned, only 20 mile supercar auctioned.
Whereas a 2019 McLaren Senna, the 95th of 500 produced with bodywork in ‘Dramatic Visual Carbon Fiber’, and just 450 miles on the odometer, had been catalogued at $1,000,000-1,300,000 (£730,000-949,000), but sold to another absentee bidder for $1,044,000 (£762,120).
A Ford GT in ‘Lightweight’ option spec meanwhile, also new in 2019 and estimated to cost a bidder $900,000-1,200,000 (£657,000-876,000), did achieve the $967,500 (£706,275) suggested though.
The at least $2,600,000+ (£1,898,000) sought for a 2019 Koenigsegg Regera, like the Speedtail, the first to chance its chances at auction, and with fewer than 200 miles on the odo, ran out of interest in public with $2,240,000 (£1,635,200) on the bids screen. According to their website, $2,700,000 (£1,971,000) would buy it post-sale.
Another big bucks headliner to run out of road after an insufficient $2,200,000 (£1,606,000) bid had been called in Arizona was a 2003 Ferrari Enzo in Giallo with 11,400 miles under-wheel, for which $2,250,000-2,500,000 (£1,642,500) had been sought.
A 1954 New York World Motor Sports and Geneva Motor Show exhibited Ferrari 375 America however, one of three of the 4.5 V12 powered Coupes bodied by Vignale, sold for a within guide $2,557,000 (£1,866,610).
While one of 14 Ferrari 250 GT Coupes to have been alloy-bodied by Carrozeria Boano between 1956 and 1958 had all numbers still matching and the reassurance of Classiche certification. Forecast to fetch $1,200,000-1,400,000, it sold for a close to top estimate $1,352,500 (£987,325).
$1,066.500 (£777,450) bought a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster on repro Rudge wheels. Recently reunited with its original motor and with benefit of discreetly installed power-steering, it had been estimated to cost the next owner $1,000,000-1,200,000 (£730,000-876,000).
A pair of pre-WW2s made strong money, a CCCA Full Classic 1932 Cadillac V16 Convertible Coupe by Fisher with spare wheel on the back, one of only 14 built, of which only four survive, surpassed its top estimate of $850,000 (£620,500) to sell for $1,022,500 (£746,425).
Another CCCA Full Classic, a multi-award winning 1933 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Convertible, a completely matching numbers example and one of only two left, brought in $819,000 (£590,570).
A rare sighting on the road or at auction was a $600,000-750,000 (£438,000-547,500) estimated 1993 Geneva Salon stand shown Cizeta V16T. Styled by Marcelo Gandini and one of nine completed, this one had been ordered new by the acquisitive Royal Family of Brunei and, with 983k on the clock, was valued by the next owner at $665,000 (£485,450) with premium.
Another car to exceed the $525,000-575,000 (£383,250-419,750) forecast, and by a long way too, was a 1998 RUF 911 Type 993 Twin-Turbo R 3.6 490bhp AWD, which rocketed to a final $764,000 (£557,720).
“It was tremendous to start the year off on such a positive note given that we were the sole remaining auction company to host a live event for the annual Arizona weekend. In working with the local authorities and the capable team at OTTO, we were able to safely welcome clients back to the live auction format,” said Gord Duff, RM Sotheby’s Global Head of Auctions. 
“Our team worked extremely hard to ensure that the auction preview and event itself provided a safe atmosphere for clients to inspect cars in-person. Additionally, we saw that the added benefit of our preparation, which included thousands upon thousands of additional detailed photographs, condition reports and documentation on all cars, all available to our clients in advance of the auction, truly helped make those who weren’t there feel comfortable bidding, whether via telephone, internet or absentee.”
By the time the rostrum lights had been turned off at the Otto Club in Scottsdale, RM Sotheby’s had sold 71 or 89% of the 80 consigned cars on their website for $35,000,000 (£25,550,000) with premium, an average of $492,958 (£359,859) being spent per car bought.

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1966 Ferrari 275GTB Long Nose sells for just under $2m (over £1.4m) during 74% sold Gooding $7.2m (£5.25m) Timed-Out Scottsdale replacement

After their clients’ 34 cars had ‘Timed-Out’ from 10am 22 January, having been on-view on-line for four days, Gooding’s top selling Ferrari, one of only 107 ‘Long Nose’ 275GTB Fixed Heads was still in unrestored condition after 43,000 mileage since new in 1966. Pre-sale estimated by the auctioneers to cost the next owner $2,000,000-2,400,000 (£1,460,000-1,752,000), with the final click of a mouse, it was bought for $1,936,000 (£1,413,280).
$1,000,000-1,400,000 was sought for a David Brown era Aston Martin DB2/4 from 1954 with Drophead coachwork, one of only two to have been fashioned by Bertone, and with Innes Ireland GP driver provenance too, which, in the last few seconds, realised $968,000 (£706,640).   
Third highest priced seller was a 1926 Bugatti T37 Grand Prix for two from 60 years in single family ownership that overtook the $650,000-850,000 (£474,500-620,500) forecast when finally won by the next pilote for $935,000 (£682,550) with premium, a record auction price for a T37..
Another Ferrari from 19 years ownership with all numbers still matching, a 1968 330 GTC, guided at $500,000-650,000 (£365,000-474,500), sold on t’internet for £517,000 (£377,410). Whereas a well optioned 2011 Porsche 911 997 Generation GT2 RS in black with huge rear wing that had flown a mere 2600 miles from new was estimated at $300,000-350,000 (£219,000-255,500) and made $374,000 (£273,020) under the mouse.
“Among the Finest Restored E Type Roadsters Extant” was how a Jeff’s Resurrections resurrected 1966 Jaguar E Type S1 4.2 Roadster had been on-line described and estimated at $220,000-260,000 (£160,600-189,800). The 2013 JNCA Class C5 National Concours Champ fetched $231,000 (£168,630) with premium.
A highly original 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren with 7000 mileage meanwhile , estimated at $200,000-240,000 20,000, was acquired for $220,000 (£160,600), in the big scheme of things, only a little less than forecast.
Two of the highest fliers of the computer auction week were the Speed Record 1972 Citroen SM. which made a record $203,500 (£148,500) and a ‘No Reserve’ 1968 Meyers Manx Beach Buggy. One of 1500 Meyer Manxes produced, this was a well preserved ‘Pre-Tag’ time capsule retaining original Gel-Coat and interior that had been photographed on Baja trips 1968-1969 during original 1968-2002 ownership. Predicted to cost a budding Thomas Crown $40,000-60,000 (£29,200-43,800), by the time its time slot had run out, the dream machine raised a dune storming $101,200 (£73,876) from an absentee bidder. A record for a production Manx that hadn't been driven by Steve McQueen.
A No Reserve 1966 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser with roll-cage and winch on the front looked cool for the estimated $39,600 (£28,908) with premium paid and an unrestored Austin Mini Moke of the same vintage from single Hollywood family ownership offered even more affordable escapism for $24,200 (£17,666).
When the allotted bidding time was overt, 25 of the automobiles had sold, 74% of the 34 on offer, for a 10% premium-inclusive $7,188,000 (£5,247,240), an average of $287,520 (£209,890) being spent by buyers per car bought.
US house Gooding hold their next 'Geared Online' auction from Thursday 28 January through to Friday 5 February, when bidding for nine high value classics, all located north of London, begins to close from 17.00 GMT. While another totally independent Review of the next market significant auction, RM Sotheby's 'Live' and On-Line Scottsdale sale, will be posted within 'Stop Press' on this website shorttly.
For wherever and whenever, some will always need to sell, while even in the teeth of a perfect storm in Bidenland, others clearly are still prepared to buy. Although there were far fewer and much smaller physical auctions held during Arizona auction week this time and the Gooding ‘Scottsdale Sale’ was conducted on-line from their Southern Californian HQ.
Rarely were lower estimate figures matched or exceeded by bids, even after premium had been added, and many of the changes of ownership at these early 2021 sales in the US were only achieved by vendors’ reserves being lowered post-consignment.
For there to be a really healthy end-user market however, consumers and potential consumers, who might bid for or buy classics at auction, do need to be able to actually drive their acquisitions, not only attending events - most of which could again be cancelled this year, like Glastonbury 2021 has been already - but on runs that are strictly for fun.
Such planet warming activities are already officially deemed to be ‘non-essential journeys’ however, for which irresponsible classic vehicle drivers could be shopped by excessively green neighbours or harassed by nanny state police. Most of our trickle chargers have been working 24/7 for nearly a year now without a break!

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While soaring Covid stats kill ‘live’ classics auctions in UK, Bonhams buyer pays just under guide $1.81m (£1.32m) for BMW 507 in Arizona

Even though $1.9-2.3m had been sought Thursday 21 January 2021 at the socially-distanced Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, a buying bidder did acquire a 1959 BMW 507 Series 2 3.2 V8 Roadster for a Bonhams premium-inclusive $1,809,000 (£1,320,570).
Owner-drivers of the other 252 Albrecht Graf Goertz penned design icons over the decades have included pop idol Elvis Presley, motorcycling world champion John Surtees, movie stars Alain Delon and Ursula Andress, ski champ Toni Sailor, and motoring royals Prince Rainier of Monaco and the Aga Khan.
Whereas this auctions star automobile, the 1973 Pebble Beach Concours Best of Show winning Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Cabrio A - the wheels of choice of Third Reich management in 1939 - ran out of friends at $1,900,000 (£1,387,000), $1m short of the $2.9-3.2m (£2.12-2.34m) guide.
There were also no takers with the necessary $475,000-550,000 (£346,750-401,500) for a still matching numbers 1958 Porsche 356A T2 with Speedster coachwork by Reutter on date-coded Rudge wheels. Even though treated to award-winning restoration, the highest offer logged on the screen for this car was $380,000 (£277,400).
But after absentee bidders had all turned off their mice, only 8 cars were unsold at this, the first traditional car auction of what is shaping up to be another virus-restricted year. For 29 or 78% of the 37 cars on the carpet did sell for $5,896,400 (£4,304,372), while the average spent including 12% premium was a very far from locked down $203,324 (£148,427) per car bought.
Sharing the leader board with the top selling 507 was a $775,000-875,000 guided (£565,750-638,750) 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SC, one of 53 built, that had only been driven just over 500 miles since restoration 25 years ago. With numbers still matching and original coachwork, the Roadster with Triple Black exterior, top and interior was secured by the latest owner for a less than lower estimate $698,000 (£509,540).
An Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante, one of 99 and a long way from Gaydon, which had cost nearly $900,000 (£657,000) in 2018, since when the first owner had driven the 6.0 V12 powered Convertible only 1400 miles, was acquired here by the second owner for $538,500 (£393,105), £263,895 less than the car cost more than three years ago.
By contrast, a 1993 Land Rover Defender 110 NAS, the 34th of 500 US-market examples that had been driven 80,000 miles by one owner in 29 years, a modest 2759 miles per annum. Although pre-sale estimated at $60,000-90,000 (43,800-65,700), the Defender was auctioned ‘Without Reserve’. Hence, the winner had to bid $110,000 (£80,300) to land the lot, costing him $123,200 (£89,936 with premium).
A Triumph GT6 fetching $68,320 (£49,874) does not happen every day either. Although the 2005 ‘Barn Found’ Mk2 Fastback valued here had been a Group 44 race car, the 1969 National Championship Winner in the SCCA E-Production Class no less, with a restoration documented by Classic Motorsports Magazine recognised by a 2009 Amelia Island Concours award.
Surprisingly, there was no one on-site or out there with the $80,000-120,000 suggested for an Alfin-drum braked Elva MkIV Coventry Climax FWA 1098cc Sports from the Frank Nichols Elva manufacturing days at Bexhill and Hastings. Even though raced in the 1959 Sebring 12 Hours and photographed riding high up on two Elektron wheels for a sepia ad for Walker’s De Luxe bourbon, chassis 4L100/61 ran out of road and bids at $52,000 (£37,960)..
While a cosmetically and mechanically restored 1966 Jaguar E Type S1 4.2 Coupe, estimated at $160,000-210,000 (£116,800-153,300), did realise $195,000 (£142,350) under the gavel to sell for $218,400 (£159,432) with premium. But then it had had only a few Southern Californian guardians from new and been Best in Class at the San Marino and Palos Verdes Concours.
The going rate for a 1960 (so early) Mk1 Austin-Healey 3000 BT7 2+2 without fenders, with hardtop and 5-speed box upgrade, estimated at $40,000-50,000, fell to $36,960 (£26,981 including premium).
Statistically much rarer was a 1968 Lamborghini 400GT Islero 2+2. Packing a Lambo 4.0 V12 up front, the 175mph Coupe had first whizzed around the watering holes of Lake Como, before being refurbished in Bristol when UK owned from 1975. Shipped to the US in 1984, Delaware and West Coast residencies followed before, after 37 year, it had been pre-sale estimated at $200,000-250,000 (£146,000-182,500) in Scottsdale, where it sold for $183,680 (£134,086).
With latest Government restrictions causing the postponement of the early 2021 season fixtures in the UK, further reviews will follow shortly here on C.A.R. from both the Gooding & Co South California-HQ based internet-only auction of 34 cars, which Timed-Out Friday 22, and Saturday 23’s RM Sotheby’s ‘Live’ and On-Line sale for a further 80 cars.
There is 'some' auction action at least in what could be a very long tunnel, the light at the end of which is surely more than a glimmer.

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