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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).
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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The Market grosses £10.5m during 88% sold 2020 and invests in new HQ to accommodate three times as many cars as existing facility

On-Line auctioneers, The Market, has marked the conclusion to its most successful year to date by not only selling another £779,366 worth of cars in  public holiday shortened December alone, but relocating to a new 13,000 square feet global launch HQ to benefit both buyers and sellers of collector vehicles.
For £10.5m sales of 561 vehicles, 88% of the 640 successfully auctioned during 2020, has confirmed the internet platform’s status as one of the UK’s leading classic car auction houses.
While others trim their overheads, the Abingdon firm has invested in the future, by also relocating to nearby Milton Park, an innovative technology, science and business park, located just off the A34 in Oxfordshire, providing clients with fast and convenient access to and from the Midlands, London and the South.
“The move to new facilities is incredibly exciting and an important step for us,” Tristan Judge, Director of The Market, told C.A.R. “We’ve already developed an enviable reputation for giving users the best on-line experience possible, and we’re now making a significant investment to back this up with a similar, industry leading physical experience too.”
In addition to housing new offices for a growing team, the facility also includes enough space to store more than three times as many cars as its previous hub.
The new HQ will also house a dedicated photography studio, vehicle detailing and customer lounge areas, ensuring that both cars and customers are given the highest level of care and attention with its unique Concierge service.
“As well as being able to physically store more cars, the new facility should help us return more money back to sellers for several reasons,” continues Judge.
“Firstly, buyers tend to have greater confidence in the cars that are stored with us. They know that we will have looked over, described and photographed them extensively, which results in much stronger bidding.
“Furthermore, when cars are stored with us, we’re able to accommodate viewings much more easily than private individuals can, which again leads to much more confident bidding.”
To celebrate their new auction centre’s launch, The Market is offering its Concierge service free-of-charge on all vehicles with a value of £25,000 or above.
This service offers a turn-key service to sellers who do not wish to keep an auction car at home. Premium photography, hosted viewings, handover, storage and insurance is included for £250 plus VAT.
Among the 41 cars sold from the 49 cars offered on The Market website before Christmas, the top priced seller was a 2015 Bentley GTC Speed sold for £78,000.
A 2011 Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG, once owned by the Prince of Denmark (who was not called Hamlet!), fetched a princely £46,750 and a 1971 Maserati Indy was bought for £45,000 without premium, because buyers are not charged any at The Market.
While an early noughties Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen ‘G300 Convertible’ of 2001 vintage went for a cool £38,750 and a stunning looking 1973 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super £25,010. The latest consigned cars facing the Timed-Out market at The Market can be viewed on their website, a link to which can be found among the auctioneers on our Home Page. Happy browsing.

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Teeside supplied in 1970 Rover 3.5 V8 P5B Coupe with only 21,070 mileage set £45,510 record auction price during 89% sold £2.3m CCA sale

Freshly recommissioned following 18 years of dehumidified storage, during which it had been regularly run-up and only lightly excercised on private roads, the 1970 Rover 3.5 2 Door Coupe was one of the best preserved examples of the P5B to make the half century.
The premium-inclusive £45,510 record busting price paid by the winning absentee bidder at this behind closed doors Saturday 12 December sale could be heard by on-line viewers being deservedly applauded by the 14 other festive scarf wearing telephone bids handlers whose callers had been unsuccessful.
The 126 classics for all tastes and budgets webcast crossing the block were physically viewable by socially-distanced appointment over five days in the spacious safety of a Stoneleigh Park exhibition hall.
Hugely magnetic for viewers, bidders and buyers on this occasion though were ten No Reserve lots from the estate of the late Mike Bell, former Mann Egerton executive.  The Norfolk historic race competitor’s 1971 Ford Escort RS 1600 ‘Lairy Canary’ (Norwich colours) racer led the pack with a £83,250 result from the £67,710 performance of ‘Baby Blue’, his 1959 Supersports-spec and Goodwood podium Morgan Plus 4.
Bell’s 1972 RS1600 road car fetched £47,175 and his 1974 RS 2000 £34,965. ‘Gilbert’ the much raced and rallied 1965 Gilbern GT with MGB 1800 motor made a high for marque £23,310. A Czech concocted 1973 MTX 2-01 B5 BMW-powered Race-Spyder in large bits from the same East Anglian source headed back to the Czech Republic for £18,870 and £17,760 landed Bell’s Patrick Head designed, though recently inactive 1978 Delta T78/9 Formula Ford 2000 Single Seater.
A 1981 VW Golf GTI Mk1 had been freshly restored for a forthcoming ‘Mend it for Money’ on Channel and raised £15,318 and a 1968 MGC GT Auto in receipt of a glass-out repaint £12,210 for the same TV programme.
The Orchard Trust and Animal Aid Unlimited charities meanwhile benefited from the proceeds of five large Mercedes-Benz 560SEL, four of them W126, one a C126, ranging from a rust-holed, but running 1989 for £4440 to a 126,166 mile 1987 from two years inactivity in storage acquired for £9435.
Most ‘Fast Fords’ again proved popular here with both vendors and buyers, led by a 1987 Sierra RS500 Cosworth driven a mere 12,027 miles by two registered keeper for which £100,000 was paid.
A £65,490 1993 Escort RS Cosworth ‘original’ with fresh MOT had also only done 13,800 miles from new, while the 35,919 mile 1996 Cossie first registered to Hendy Ford, the sale of which fell through following the last sale, was auctioned ‘Without Reserve’ this time and definitely sold for £43,845.
The 1987 Sierra RS Cosworth 3-Door bought for £27,750 required substantial recommissioning following 16 years inactivity, while a £25,808 1981 Capri 3.0S Mk3 with 61,250 mileage supported by 21 old MOTs and Recaros could still pull well and sold for £25,808. An Escort 1.6 4-Door Mk2 ‘original’ meanwhile had only done 4578 miles from new in 1978 before selling here for £17,000.  
Performing well above its £45,000-55,000 guide price band, a Hillclimb Champ and road-reg 1972 Porsche 911 2.4S with ‘Oil Flap’, uprated with genuine RS 2.7 motor rebuilt by Marque 21 and 5-speed close-ratio box by BS Motorsport, had come to market for the first time in 26 years to sell for a bullish £88,000.
An estimated £34,000-38,000 was achieved by a Barry Price 2007 restored 1950 Le-Francis 2.5-Litre Sports in aluminium bought for £34,410 with premium.
The substantially rebuilt 1968 Austin Mini Cooper 1275S Mk2 first owned by the Governor of Bermuda (whose two assassins were the last people to be executed under British Colonial rule anywhere in the world) made a slightly macabre, though more than top estimate £31,000.
A more Modern Classic 1998 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 5 GSR 4-Door with Evotune remapped to 622bhp fully forged 2.3 ‘stroker’ engine, which ascended Harewood for four seasons when it wasn’t air-chamber pampered, made £28,250, forecast money.
Whereas a No Reserve 2007 Skoda Octavia vRS from a deceased estate, which had done 107,613 mileage, but upon which thousands had been spent, £1300 this year alone, was surely well bought for £2775 with premium.
By the time the Saturday 12 December book had closed for this, CCA’s third such ‘Live’ On-Line format auction, 112 or 89% of the 126 classics in the hall had sold for a premium-inclusive sale total of £2,330,250, amounting to a surely healthy average in pandemic dominated times of £20,805 being spent per car bought.
Sales Manager Gary Dunne was delighted: “I am truly thrilled for both our vendors, buyers and the CCA team itself. 2020 has been full of uncertainties, but we have continued to successfully bring amazing cars to the market for our buyers, achieving stand out results for our sellers, there has been something for everyone – all whilst operating in a safe and secure manner.” 
And even with the very real prospect of another national lockdown killing off the surviving elements of our Brexited economy, CCA hope to offer more of the same with their viewing by appointment facility in Warwickshire before a 2021 season-opening 'Spring Live & On-Line Sale’, which is scheduled to take place Saturday 27 March.

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Masked viewers reality check ‘No Reserve’ Sunbeam 16/20 before 1914 Cabrio sells for £50,625 in the WW2 hangar at Bicester Heritage

Four out of five cars from the collection of the late Les Thomas, all auctioned by Bonhams MPH ‘Without Reserve, ’bettered their top estimates, led by the sale results topping 1959 AC Aceca Coupe with AC 2-Litre engine sold for a premium-inclusive £94,500.
Fifty-three years younger was a still as-new Ferrari California Left-Hand Drive Hardtop-Convertible, driven a mere 3822k by two registered keepers since new in Kuwait in 2012, sold for £90,000, £10,000 more than had been forecast.
In third place on the prices list, a 1990s restored and recently refurbished 1965 Jaguar E Type S1 4.2 Coupe from the estate of the late John Hodgson, proprietor of restorers Alpine Eagle, sold for £74,250, again exceeding its top pre-sale estimate. A 1969 S2 2.2 Coupe, an older restoration maintained by Classic Performance Engineering Bicester, also found a buyer with the £47,250 required.
The final four valves per cylinder 1984 ‘Quattrovalvole’ version of the Ferrari 308GTS Targa-top, in receipt of a recent cam-belt change after 64,500 mileage, fetched a within-guide £46,687. A 1936 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Saloon, upon which £49,000 had been expended since 2014, made a £20,000 more than top estimate £45,000 with premium.
In styling contrast, a Cadillac Coupe De Ville from hugely tail finned 1959 will fill most barns for the £39,375 paid, over £9000 more than the guide price.
A 2015 Land Rover Defender 90 2.2 Turbo D in top-of-the-line XS spec was sold afterwards for a below estimate £37,125. While a recently renovated bespoke 1982 Land Rover 109 Gastrowagon, converted into a camper-cum-kitchen especially for the ‘River Cottage’ TV series of celeb-chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstal, made a tasty £28,125, only just under guide.
In tenth place on the leader board, a home market 1966 Sunbeam Tiger Mk1A with replacement Ford US 260ci motor (and the original included) attracted a mid-estimate buying bid of £29,500, £33,187 with premium. While by far the largest lot in the hangar, a very high-rise 1989 Chevrolet Silverado-based Monster Truck for eight, known as ‘Havoc’, powered by a Chevy 7.4 Big Block V8 and the first to be auctioned in the UK, sold for £28,125.
The same money bought a much closer to the ground 2008 KTM X-Bow Sport projectile, the result of a collaboration between motorcycle manufacturer KTM and Italian race car builder Dallara with VAG 2.0 Turbo power unit. A two owner from new in 1985 Ford Capri 2.8i Mk3 exceeded its top estimate to achieve £21,375.
Two very special London Taxis International Black Cabs also changed fare payers here. Originally ordered new by the Sultan of Oman in 2003, a TX2 Gold Taxicab had only done 1300 miles around the West End before picking up £19,125 here, double the estimate. The 45,425 mile 2007 TX4 Gold Taxicab meanwhile, built to the special order of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber with full leather interior and dropdown TV screen, attracted £15,187, over £5000 more than forecast.
There were no takers for the £22,000-26,000 estimated Morris Mini Cooper 1275S Mk1 first owned by actress Sarah Miles in 1966, though now a 43 year barn-stored restoration project. But there were buyers prepared to pay £16,875 for a pro-rebuilt 1976 Mini Pick-Up with tweaked 1275 engine, £11,250 for an only 20 miles since equally well restored 1979 850 Mini Van, and £10,406 for a 998 powered half-timbered 1963 Morris Mini Traveller.
Sharing the spacious facilities in Oxfordshire with the Motorcycle Department, who grossed more than £3m in two days in the huge and covered space, Bonhams’ MPH team sold 68% of the 121 vehicles in their Friday 11 December catalogue for an additional £1,431,083 with 12.5% premium, an average of £17,452 per classic of 82 sold on-line or telephone.
“This has been a pleasing end top our first full year as Bonhams MPH,” Head of House and Auctioneer Rob Hubbard told C.A.R. “We have risen to the challenges presented by 2020 by hosting live and on-line sales as well as our popular drive-through auctions when permitted. We are now looking ahead to further growth in 2021.
"Record registration numbers for this auction, with over 500 clients registered to bid, gives us confidence that  people are still very much 'in the market'  for what we specialise in - modern, popular and historic Motor Cars sub-£100,000.”
The Bicester Heritage based firm will open their 2021 season batting with the ‘MPH March Sale’ Saturday 20 March, for which historic collector, pop and modern classic vehicle consignments are being invited. The team can be contacted via their website which can be accessed via their logo among C.A.R.approved auctioneers listed on the right of the Home Page. RH-E

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91% of classic bikes sell during £3m+ Bonhams weekend at Bicester Heritage, where 1928 Sunbeam and 1990 Norton broke records

The two world auction records for a Sunbeam and Norton F1 motorcycle were set over the 11/12 December weekend at the Bonhams Motorcycles Winter Sale at Bicester Heritage, which realised more than £3 million and had a pandemic defying sell-through rate of 91 per cent.
1928 Sunbeam 493cc TT Model 90 Racing Motorcycle, which had raced at Pendine Sands, powered through its top estimate of £24,000 selling for £41,400, while a 21,188-mile 1990 Norton F1, the roadster inspired by the sporting partnership with John Player Special, made £40,250, both setting new world auction records.
However, the name dominating the sale was Brough Superior, with no fewer than five examples featuring in the sale’s top ten, led by a highly original 1936 Brough Superior 982cc SS100, bearing the earliest engine number in a production model, which had been consigned from the National Motorcycle Museum Reserve Collection and which sold for a close to top estimate £276,000 with premium.
All three machines were offered direct from the National Motorcycle Museum’s Reserve Collection, an exclusive selection of 52 British motorcycles – and motorcycle-related cars - presented on the first day of the two-day sale. 
A brace of 1937 Brough Superiors offered from The Connoisseur Collection - comprising blue-chip examples from the estate of a late motorcycle enthusiast - also featured in the sale’s top ten, a 982cc SS80 and a 1,096cc 11-50hp, which both exceeded their pre-sale estimates, selling for £73,600 and £71,300 respectively.
The Connoisseur Collection also offered an example of one of the most desirable pre-war American motorcycles, a 1924 Henderson De Luxe Four, which made £48,300, again rising above its pre-sale estimate, despite requiring re-commissioning. 
Another 1937 Brough Superior 1,096cc 11-50hp, a project motorcycle offered for restoration rounded out the sale on a high note, trouncing its pre-sale estimate, selling for £57,500.
More modern metal also fared well at the Bicester auction, with three MV Agusta motorcycles achieving a combined total of more than £186,000, including a 1973 500cc Grand Prix Replica Racing Motorcycle which made £82,800, comfortably within its estimate, and a 1978 832cc Monza which pipped its top estimate, selling for £48,300
Another 1970s superbike that found favour in the Bonhams saleroom was a 1976 Honda CB750 K6 (with a believed 3.6 ‘push’ kilometres reading), which cruised past its pre-sale top estimate of £4,000 to achieve £9,800
There was also success for the motorcycle memorabilia sale which offered two special collections from the families of two late motorcycling greats: Barry Sheene MBE and Percy Tait.                                                          
Highlights from the Sheene Collection included a leather team holdall, featuring the motifs 7, Sheene and Suzuki, which sold for £3,187, ten times its pre-sale estimate, while a stainless-steel Gabriel chronograph wristwatch awarded at the 1976 ‘France de Chimay’ race made £7,650, again more than ten times its estimate, while a set of Percy Tait’s race-worn one-piece leathers raced away for £5,737. 
Ben Walker, International Department Director for Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycles: “We are more than pleased with the sale which has been the subject of much interest from collectors around the world and competitive bidding. 
We were also honoured to have been entrusted with the premium collection from the National Motorcycle Museum, one of the most prestigious names in the motorcycling world, and well as the collections from the families of two of motorcycling’s national treasures, Barry Sheene and Percy Tait.”
The Winter Sale was a fitting end to another successful year for the Bonhams motorcycle department, with the two UK sales realising a combined total of more than £6.7 million in 2020.
The Motorcycle team, already looking ahead to next year, are currently consigning collectors’ motorcycles and collections to The Spring Sale 24 & 25 April, when Bonhams return to the Stafford Showground, where we all hope the 2021 edition of the International Classic MotorCycle Show can be staged. RH-E  

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84% of 183 cars auctioned sell for £4.5m to socially-distanced Ascot audience of 700+ and 837 on-line bidders from 32 countries

Two telephone contestants energetically competed for ownership of this 1972 Ferrari Dino 246GTS until the final ‘going, going’ call, when an internet bidder pounced, the Historics gavel fell at £254,000 and he had bought the car for £279,400 with premium.
The 85% sale rate at Ascot Racecourse 12 December surpassed the auction firm’s 80% sold sale in September, too, as well as July’s 77% and the 66% achieved in March just before the first lock-down.
The ‘live’ on-line audience throughout a very full Saturday’s auctioning averaged 275 and peaked at 410, while the auction attendance within the Grandstand Atrium was close to the maximum permitted through the majority of sale day.
On-line partner Bidpath recorded bids from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and even Afghanistan. 8 bid for cars in the US, 18 in Germany and 729 in the UK, which is where 63 of the cars sold on-line ended up.
Another extraordinary sign of these pandemic times was the fact that the on-line hammer price totalled £1,873,400, 44% of Saturday’s car sale total.
A manual to auto converted by Aston Martin Works Service 1994 Vantage V550 Coupe driven only 14,500 miles was bought for a just under lower estimate £130,000, one of 12 of 14 vehicles from one collection successfully dispersed here, which included a previously restored 1947 Jaguar MkIV 3.5-Litre Saloon that had emerged from a Carcoon to raise a more than forecast £37,400. A 1976 Jaguar XJ12 S2 Coupe from the same, mainly stored source realised £18,700, just over the lower estimate.
A 2018 restored and still left-hand drive 1962 Jaguar E Type S1 3.8 Roadster found £89,375 and a home market 1950 XK120 that had been originally bought at auction by serial collector Nigel Dawes, owned by Jeremy Wade and been more recently exercised on the Cote D’Azure found was also very well turned out for the £71,500 paid.
The ex-Patrick Collection 1991 Honda NSX auto, still with a mere 5673 miles on the odometer, clocked £55,590 this time around, top estimate money.
A more than forecast £68,750 was paid in the room for the ‘TURBO J’ registered 1983 Porsche 911 Turbo and a top estimate £59,400 was needed to own a Maserati Merak that had only been driven 2136 miles from new in 1975.
A non-running, but very vintage racey looking 1934 MG P Type Special, the single-seater previously campaigned by Colin Warrington and Barrie Gillies, latterly in Danish, German and Italian ownership, changed guardians here for £39,600, top estimate money.
Mercedes restoration projects taken on here were a right-hand drive 1968 250SL Pagoda-top for £24,750 and an Australian supplied 1968 300 SEL packing the 6.3 motor for £22,000.
A clutch of classics were being made redundant by a TV and film hire company, including a 1983 Ford Fiesta XR2 Mk2 original sold for £16,280 and a £5500 1959 Rover P4 75 Mk2 driven by a villain in ‘Pennyworth’. A ‘Bletchley Circle’and ‘Grantchester’ exposed 1958 Morris Oxford S3 fetched £3080. While a 1965 Vauxhall Victor 101 employed on the sets of ‘Endeavour’ and ‘A Very English Scandal’ picked up for £2700, a 1954 Standard Vanguard Phase 2 movie prop £2420.
By way of extreme contrast, a 2003 Bentley Speed 8 GRP Rep, a non-working copy of the ‘Number 7’ 2003 Le Mans winner, sold in the room for £112,200 and another Le Mans liveried 2001 Speed 8 Replica body (thought to be that of the actual EXP Speed 8) made an equally punchy £39,600.
The engine-less, but entirely real Damon Hill driven 1991 Lola T91/50 F3000 Race Car without transmission was also acquired here for £29,150.
Something genuinely interesting for all tastes and budgets during a most encouraging £4.5m+ day out at the races for those who are still prepared to be market makers in what are unprecedented trading conditions. Mark Perkins and his tireless team are to be congratulated for achieving the possible. RH-E  

670 registered bidders bought 98.5% of 800 lots of Automobilia for H&H house-record £220,000 including £6,900 motor insurance enamel sign

The motorised by Atco ‘Junior Trainer Car Joe 1’ pictured above had come to market on the H&H website from the collection of the late David Nudd to raise £5,750.
Yes, there was something for everyone in this astonishing cache from hood ornaments to photographs, kids pedal cars to automotive signage. For those in the market for petrol-head appropriate eye candy for their motor house wall, study, den or man cave, this was an on-line occasion not to be missed.
The top selling ‘British Dominions’ enamel sign, once nailed to a ‘Service Agent’ garage door proclaiming ‘Free Towing’ and ‘Instant Repair’ for policyholders, underwritten by assets worth £17m , made a sale topping £6,900 with premium on the internet.
A large Jaguar D Type bronze by Gordon Chism was captured for £5,060 and a Children’s Austin A40 Pedal Car, requiring some recommissioning and pre-sale estimated to sell for £1,800-2,400, realised a very adult £3,220.
Built by disabled Welsh miners 1955-1971 at the instigation of Lord Nuffield of BMC soon after the Second World War, such ‘Junior Austins’ with dummy engines and spark plugs, handbrake, electric lights and horn sold in dealers’ showrooms for £20, a considerable amount at the time.
A rare Victoire ‘Spirit of the Wind’ car mascot by the celebrated Rene Lalique in crystal glass, press-moulded, frosted and polished, with engraved post-war signature to underside, but with no cracks or chips, was auctioned Without Reserve and flew to a £2,300 result.
A rare Ferrari Sales Brochure for the 250 Granturismo Berlinetta and Spyder California, described as being in very good, original condition with multiple photographic plates to the rear, sold for £1,380.
Adam Sykes, Head of H&H Classics Automobilia sales, was delighted, having clocked up a new records for the company with their biggest sale ever of 802 lots, a £220,000 sale total, a 98.5% sale rate and 670 registered buyers worldwide. 

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Rare 84 year old Hillman from 82 years in one family ownership sells for modest £6880 during 66% sold Morris Leslie Drive-Through

Driving the classics across the block on camera and live-webcasting proceedings on YouTube where a first for the Scottish vehicle auctioneers, who hammered away 41 of the 70 vehicles on offer and post-sold another 9 classics to achieve a 66% sold £414,842 Saturday afternoon and an average of £8297 per car sold.
Heading the 21 November sale prices in Perthshire were the £44,075 paid for a 1957 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Fixed Head and a £29,300 1969 E Type 4.2 2+2 Coupe. A 1966 Ford Cortina 2-Door Mk 1 ‘Lotus Cortina Evocation’ raised £26,606 to outperform a 1968 Cortina Lotus 2-Door Mk2 sold for £20,294.
Generating much pre-sale interest and bids on the day, a right-hand drive 1972 Alfa Romeo Series 105 GT Junior raised a more than top estimate £26,015 and £16,125 was forthcoming for a previous restored 1963 Morris Mini Cooper Mk1. £16,394 bought a much rallied Triumph TR2 and £14,513 an ex-US left to right-hand drive converted 1966 TR4A 2.2 IRS with many grp panels.
More contemporary kit to change hands in the Morris Leslie auction hall included a driven 63,573 miles since 2009 Ford Focus RS 2.5 Hatch sold for £18,168, a 2005 DB9 with 42,096 mileage for £18,544 and an 87,749 mile 2006 Aston Martin DB9 6.0 auto for £15,856.  A 2001 Bentley Arnage T had only done 33,605 miles before a change of ownership here for £18,006.
Much older were a 1949 Vauxhall L Type Wyvern 1.4 4-Door Saloon, presented as a taxi with fresh interior and chrome, which successfully picked up a fare with £8,063 including premium, £2000 more than had been forecast. An only Dundee and Aberdeen resident 1960 Rover 100 2.6 4-Door Saloon with £10,000 worth of invoices fetched £6988, nearly £3000 more than the guide.
By contrast, a 1936 Hillman Aero Minx Burlington 1.2 non-runner with 2-Door Drophead Coupe coachwork by Salmons, which previously had been in the service of one family for 82 years, had to be pushed past the rostrum, but did sell for £6880, well under half the £15,000-17,000 originally sought.
The next sale on the Errol airfield, where all cars auctioned by the Morris Leslie team will again be physically on-site, has been scheduled for Saturday 20 February in post-Brexit and, we hope, post-pandemic 2021.
Four days later, H&H held another of their ABC (Automobilia Bikes Cars) internet auctions at their Warrington offices with all but one of the 76 vehicles remaining with their vendors. After 14 vehicles had sold under the gavel and 3 more had been converted into sales during the sale, 15 more were post-sold and 32 or 42% of those offered had sold for £494,469, a premium-inclusive average of £15 452 spent by buyers per car.
The required £67,500 bought a left-hand drive 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL with hardtop in Helensborough and £55,125, the lower estimate, was paid for a 1955 Jaguar XK140 Fixed Head with Vicarage power-steering in Wiltshire. A 42,000 mile 1972 Jaguar S3 V12 2+2 FHC in Lancashire sold for £39,938.
 £28,125 meanwhile acquired a 1961 Daimler SP250 Dart in Fife, £22,917 a 64,500 mile 2001 Porsche 911 Type 996 3.6 Turbo in Cambridge and £21,094 a 1987 911 Carrera 3.2 Targa in Cheshire.
H&H had originally intended to hold a traditional ‘live’ auction at the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton 8/9 December.
Due to pandemic tiering however, their end of 2021 season sale for classic cars will now take place from 1pm Wednesday 16 December at their own Motor House, Lyncastle Road, Warrington WA4 4SN, where many of the 42 cars consigned so far can be previewed 9am-6pm Tuesday 15 December and from 9am sale day, by advance appointment. RH-E

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80% of classics sell for over £8m during Silverstone’s NEC Show replacement sales where Porsche 928 S4 Manual takes £129,375 world record

Considering the shortage of international enthusiasm in several locked down economies, the 80.4% sold performance of successfully transacted cars at Silverstone Auctions 13 & 14 November replacement sales for the cancelled NEC Classic Motor Show fixture has to be enormously reassuring for all stakeholders.
Although there were no buyers for 29 cars, nearly 20% of the 148 offered, the average price paid by absentee bidders for the 119 cars sold for £8,027,887 by auctioneer Jonathan Humbert amounted to a really bullish premium-inclusive £67,461 per car bought.
A quite extraordinary 23,147 clicked-on to Youtube ‘live’ webcasts, while many more checked in to the Saleroom and Proxibid platforms or placed their bets via several telephone bids tables at the behind closed doors auction.
For although physically elsewhere, the consumer attendance, and the over £8.5m with automobilia spent, were therefore very much larger stats than they have ever been when traditional format sales were held at the always well supported NEC Show.
The star turn of the Friday cars session was the driven only 10,325 miles since 1988 Porsche 928 S4 Manual, pre-sale estimated at £60,000-70,000, that sold for £129,375, setting a new world auction record for the model.
A freshly restored and right-hand drive 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster raised a better than expected £129,375 and a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Targa in rare Magenta £101,250, the lower estimate.
The same money secured both an FIA Tarmac Rally 1987 BMW M3 E30, which cost twice this, and a UK market 1990 Ferrari Testarossa. A mid-estimate £100,125 bought a 2004 911 996 GT2 3.8 Mk2, one of six in right-hand drive, with 24,956 mileage.
After a race paddock-ready 2008 Damon Astoria Pacific Edition 3772 Motorhome had been knocked down for £79,875 to an Estonian on the internet, three more staycation i-bidders and one telephone contestant were responsible for a £10,000-14,000 guided Chevrolet 320ci powered 1975 Airstream Argosy 20 Motorhome making £20,813.  A No Reserve 1980 VW Golf Mk1 GLD ‘original’ with 738 miles on the clock fetched £15,750.
By the end of the Friday afternoon, 58 or 84% of the 69 cars in the e-catalogue had sold for £3,032,549 with premium, an average of £52,285 paid per car bought.
Auction house principal Nick Whale told C.A.R.: “This is another great result for Silverstone Auctions, we have had a great year after quickly adapting to ensure we could safely operate during the global pandemic. The Live On-line format is safe for everyone involved; our vendors, buyers and, of course, the team."
The next day saw the weekend’s results topping 1980 BMW M1 with period-upgraded bodywork to factory Procar-spec and Boney M provenance sell for £382,500 with premium, just below the lower estimate.
Whereas only one of the Group B five-pack in the sale sold. For while the £475,000 sought for the Malcolm Wilson rallied factory 1986 MG Metro 6R4 was unobtainable, the 1982 Renault 5 Turbo Group 4 Rally, driven by Jean-Luc Therier, Jean Ragnotti and Erik Comas, and estimated at £340,000-380,000, did sell for £337,500 with premium
The latest valuation in a public auction for a benchmark 1973 Porsche 911 2.7 RS ‘Touring’, in receipt of £180,000 Gantspeed restoration and estimated at £300,000-350,000, sold for £315,000 with premium. The Gantspeed prepped 1962 Porsche 356B T6 Coupe, a regular PCGB concours winner when owned by the late Dennis Smith, was bid to £76,000, £85,500 with premium.
The uniquely liveried ‘Red Arrows’ 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish S that raised £1.5m for charity when sold for the first time was well bought this time for £250,000. While a very long bidding battle, between contestants on the internet and four telephones, eventually determined ownership of a £60,000-70,000 estimated 1953 Alfa Romeo 1900 ‘Speciale’ Coupe in aluminium over a tubular chassis for £166,500 with premium!
An unrestored 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS 500 with 12,047 mileage sold here for £103,500 and a 1992 Airstream 350LE Motorhome in highly polished ali with sumptuous interior had graced Goodwood with its presence before achieving the required £76,500 in Warwickshire.
The Saturday session for cars was proceeded by the sale of a 1995 Rover Mini Cooper Monte Carlo Edition, donated by Silverstone Auctions principal Nick Whale and enthusiastically auctioned by Wheeler Dealer TV presenter Mike Brewer, which raised a most generous £37,125 with premium from a regular auction house client, all proceeds benefitting Sporting Bears children’s charities.
After seven post-sales had been successfully concluded and the Saturday book had been closed, 61 or 77% of the 79 cars offered had sold for £4,995,338 with premium, an average of £81,891 paid per car bought.
Preceding the Saturday cars session, and over-running by one hour because of the global bidding interest generated, were 49 lots of personal items belonging to the late Sir Stirling Moss OBE, all of which sold out for £269,526 with premium.
A Proxibid of £59,000 from Wilmslow, amounting to £67,850 with premium,  clinched the solid gold twin-bar watch band, engraved ‘SM’ and  worn by Stirling for 38 years in major races. His period Patey crash helmet meanwhile, which he wore for 49 years, fetched a heady £37,950.
Apart from i-bidders of the world, there were eleven telephones in play, one from Texas, for Stirling’s Silverstone won 1951 Daily Express Trophy for which a winning collector had to pay £12,075.The great man’s solid gold (and chunky) ‘Money-Tie clip, embellished with his good luck number ‘7’ motif and engraved ‘SM’, cost the next owner £9775.
The same amount secured his number ‘7’ cufflinks, and was also bid and bought the gold stopwatch, gifted to Stirling’s father Alfred Moss by his wife Eileen Moss and used by her to time her son’s early races.
Preceding the Friday cars were more automobilia lots from other sources. Headlining among them were the ‘0 10’ registration, only the 10th such road vehicle plate to be issued in Birmingham in 1902, which sold for a stratospheric £128,800. The right to display ‘HR 4’ on a car cost a buyer £49,950 and ‘E 75’ £36,800.
A 1971 Porsche 911 2.2S MFI motor on a display stand was uplifted for £10,925. While a Ferrari F458 Speciale 3-piece Schedoni luggage set was carried off for £6900 and an owner’s manual pouch set for a 1987 F40 was acquired for £4140.
Silverstone Auctions’ Nick Whale continued: “There were a lot of highlights in this two-day auction, from the Sir Stirling Moss Collection, to the record breaking 928 SE price and not forgetting raising over £37,000 for charity with Mike Brewer – a great way to end 2020.”
Considering the uncertainty of the times and the pandemic-driven economic malaise that has depressed so many sectors of the economy, these really were a most uplifting couple of days for socially distanced auction teamsters, their absentee vendors, bidders and buyers, and, not forgetting screen-bound reviewers  who are prevented by politicians from making pit stops in public houses. RH-E


Over 47,000 on YouTube alone see 208 classics sell for £1.61m on-line and phone during 89% sold ACA 2-Day Drive-Through

An impressive 208 classics, 89% of the 234 entered, sold for £1.61m with premium at the latest Anglia Car Auctions 7 & 8 November Drive Through in King’s Lynn. After two days of streaming on YouTube, a UK auctions market leading 46,943 surfers had viewed ACA’s pro-shot webcasts with many thousands more participating via the Saleroom and Proxibid bidding-platforms.
Saturday’s sellers were headed by a 1982-2015 resident 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 Gullwing lefty with 56,000 mileage rehomed on the telephone for £33,920. A repainted 1977 Land Rover S3 88 with windowed hardtop and £11k invoices cost an internet buyer £16,200 and a freshly re-shod 1993 Toyota Landcruiser VX 4.2D with 61,200 warranted mileage deservedly raised £15,120 from another absentee bidder.
A 2011-2017 stored 1990 BMW E30 320i Touring driven 70,250 miles was tidy for £11,070, a 1961 Austin A35 in receipt of Van body restoration by Apollo Sports picked up £10,530 and a 76,000 miles since 1988 Toyota Supra 3.0 Auto a double estimate £5,400.
After 103 cars had sold to those computer mice who could keep up Day 1, and thanks to the well marshaled  ACA team of masked drivers, another 124 crossed the block Sunday, when there were no buyers in the current market however, on the internet or blower, for the highest priced cars catalogued.
The reality results were led instead by a 1969 Jaguar E Type S2 4.2 2+2 FHC, for which a close to lower guide £39,485 was accepted and a Belgian-repatriated 35,000 mile 1981 Aston Martin Lagonda S2 William Towns penned 'Wedge' sold via one of several masked telephone bids handler for £33,920. The same money was required to secure a £25,000-30,000 estimated 93,000 mile 1991 Porsche 911 C2 Cabrio auto.
Exceptional ‘Fast Fords’ from the Tim Norton Ford stable to change hands here included a still to be unpacked 2018 Focus RS 2.2 with only 48 delivery mileage hammered for £30,000 plus VAT and premium.
A no expense restored 1983 Escort RS 1600i from the same impeccable source fetched £31,320 with premium, a model record surely, while a 2003 Focus 2.0 RS Mk1 with 63,000 mileage, bought back in 2018 and restored, made a top estimate £18,550.
A 1938 Triumph Dolomite with still cool waterfall grille was nicely patinated for £29,150  and a 1976 Alfa Romeo GT 1600 Junior, stored, unused and still cosmetically very sharp, cost the next owner £27,000.
A No Reserve 1988 Opel Manta GTE Coupe that had been vandalised, but well repainted, was bought by phone for £22,260. The £15,120 paid for a 1976 Ford Granada 3.0 Ghia Mk1 auto with 96,000 mileage was £5,000 more than had been forecast.
From same family ownership since 1977 and preserved in storage during the 1908s, an only 21,800 mile 1973 Jensen Healey Mk2 Convertible propelled by Lotus 2.0 twin-cam was most probably the best value motor car for the money at £12,190 including premium.
Prior to the disfunctional Government’s latest measure, all the cars and projects in this sale could at least be viewed by appointment. Whilst after some conversions had been concluded post-sale, 26 or 11% of the 234 cars consigned were unsold. Although as a second national lockdown depressed demand for most non-essential toys, the average of £7,798 spent per car bought in Norfolk was perhaps remarkable.
In addition to the 208 cars sold (71% of which sold on the internet, 29% to telephone bidders), all 69 lots of hugely entertaining Automobilia were offered ‘Without Reserve’ and duly sold out led by the ‘8572 PW’ registration at £2,226, a Stanley BRM child’s car £2,104 and a ye very olde Avery-Hardoll petrol pump £1,696.
Whilst on the Saturday, house partner Rob George donned pyjamas and dressing gown which inspired punters to i-donate £560 to be divided equally between the RNLI and the Poppy Appeal, whose collection tins could not be filled in locked-down high streets.
The £1000 proceeds of a 1971 MG Midget Mk3 rolling shell minus engine were also kindly added by the vendor to the charity pot as was another £100 pledged for the ACA principal gamely appearing on camera in a dress at the Sunday sale! All in aid of two very good causes.
Open for business as usual or compelled to lock down again, the next must-view ACA Drive-Through for sellers and buyers will be screened from the ACA studios 30/31 January 2021, which one can but hope will be less of an ‘Annus Horribilis’ for Queen and country. RH-E

DVCA internet debut sees 1937 SS Jaguar 2.5 Saloon make £50,600 and 1934 Singer 9 Le Mans head to Czech Republic for £26,400

Prevented from holding traditional  ye old world auctions under canvas on Henstridge Airfield by the pandemic that kills more than people, Brian Chant and team made their on-line debut Thursday 22 October behind closed doors via one camera at their Stalbridge HQ.
By the time auctioneer Matthew Denney had put his gavel back in its box, and a few post-deals had been done, 14 or 64% of the 22 cars on offer had been sold to new absentee bidders for £171,660 with premium.
The average per classic spent amounted to £12,265, in many cases sale cars being bought unseen in advance of viewing by appointment at DVCA HQ, because they were still lodged with their vendors.
The catalogue cover featured Dorset resident 1937 SS Jaguar 2½-Litre Sports-Saloon with working factory sunroof and original interior, valued by the Jaguar Driver’s Club in 2012 at £62,000, cost a new owner in Hampshire a more than top estimate £50,600 with premium in 2020.
A 1959 Armstrong-Siddeley Star Sapphire shined brightly following pro-restoration on YouTube and was bought over the telephone for £24,200 and a £28,000-33,000 guided 1955 Bentley R Type Standard Steel Saloon with £45,000 worth of invoices, though unsold under the hammer, was sold afterwards for £22,500.
The buying power of the worldwide web was powerfully proven by a Czech bidder securing a once Bangor, County Down, resident and well restored 1934 Singer 9 Le Mans 2-Seater in Dorset for £26,400 with premium.
Whereas a 1962 Beardmore Mk7 London Black Cab that had migrated to Dorset in retirement along with its taxi-driver owner will join a German collection of taxis for £7,150.
Although a 1952 Riley RMA, for which £10,000-12,500 had been forecast, ran out interest at an insufficient £6,500, a 1959 Morris Minor 1000 2-Door that had been retrospectively converted into a Convertible by the Charles Ware Morris Minor Centre in 2016 did raise the £7770 required.
The same money bought an open-top 1926 Renault OS Estate Bus that been employed pre-2007 by a hotel in Romania to transport guests to and from the local railway station!
The victim of much mechanical and cosmetic abuse, a screen-less 1965 Mini Moke Mk1 without seats in crudely applied garish orange, that had collected and refreshed calor gas bottles on a West Country Caravan Park in a previous life ,came to market here in search of £2,000-2,500, but was taken on for £5,060 by a telephone bidder.
Other dusty barn found projects to be rehomed included a 1931 Morris Cowley ‘Folding Head’ 11.9hp Saloon that had last been parked up in 1990 and found a benefactor at the end of another telephone with £4,840. A similarly abandoned 1938 Austin Big Seven had also been driven for the last time 30 years ago and was also bought on the phone for £2,090.
A once Jersey exercised 1979 MG Midget 1500 was far more conventional for £3,960 and a 44,200 mile 1998 Mazda MX5 cheaper at £3,740. A two owner since 1997 Honda Prelude 2.2 VRi Coupe with 52,350 mileage may be better value for £3,080.
Absentee bidders from as far afield as Monaco and Australia competed for the 224 lots of DVCA automobilia on the web. Although virus suppression regulations permitting, the Dorset firm do hope to physically pitch their tent at nearby Henstridge 11 March 2021. If not, and judging from this, their first venture into the virtual world of internet auctions, they could again be on-line. RH-E

83 year old petrol pump glass globe preserved in Yorkshire garage loft for decades fetched UK record £26,680 at Richard Edmonds

An extremely rare ‘Dominion Guaranteed’ glass globe that first adorned a petrol pump on a Yorkshire forecourt in circa 1937, but had been safely stored above a garage when they had switched over from dispensing Cleveland to Shell, set a new UK auction record for a globe when hammered away by auctioneer Richard Edmonds behind closed doors in the Chippenham saleroom.
Estimated to cost a Petroliana collector £3,000-5,000, competing absentee bidders battled it out at the end of three telephones and via the internet until £23,000 had been bid by the winner who handed over £26,690 including premium.
In such unprecedented times however, when the politicians are doing their absolute worst to kill off the private sector and stifle most entrepreneural enterprises by lockdownitus, such a high valuation by the new owner of the record smashing globe was a huge vote of confidence in mementoes of politically incorrect petroleum.
Indeed, most of the 650 lots of Petroliana, topped up with many parts store shelves worth of Lagonda and other spares being auctioned by the Wiltshire firm, sold out during this Saturday 31 October sale on the internet and telephone.
A possibly unique ‘Spur’ glass petrol pump glass by Hailware & Ackroyd had been estimated at £3,000-5,000 and raised £4,408, while a £800-1,200 ‘Cleveland Benzole Mixture’ glass globe by the same maker made £3,480.  A rare Webbs Crystal Glass Company produced ‘Regent Empire Spirit’ globe ‘original’ had been forecast to fetch £800-1,200 and was bought for £3,016.
Another Hailware November 1962 dated ‘Cleveland Super Discol’ glass globe was also guided at £800-1,200, but sold for £2,784. A ‘National Benzole Mixture’ 24ins diameter circular double-sided enamel sign in excellent condition more than doubled the estimated £400-600 to sell for £1,624 and a nibbled and chipped neck did not prevent a £500-800 guided ‘Fina Mixture’ glass globe from finding £1,508.
A ‘Pratts Commercial Sealed’ glass globe meanwhile overtook  its guide price of £500-800 to sell for £986 and the same was forthcoming for an early ‘ROP’ pill-shaped globe in glass marked ‘Foreign’ to the base. An early and rare ‘Dominion’ three-sided ‘lantern’ globe, a raised letter example with damaged corners and base attracted £870. And the same was paid by the next guardian of a £300-500 estimated ‘Hailware British Made’ marked ‘Super Fina’ glass globe with some discoloration.
A modest £80-120 had been sought for a Lagonda 2-Litre supercharger bevel box casing, which sold for £3,480, and the same had been suggested for a box of Zoller supercharged casings that cost the next project manager £2,552. Another supercharger bevel box casing for a 2-Litre Lagonda was acquired for £1,624 and a gearbox with some new gears £1,160.
“Even in these bizarre times, some extraordinary prices are being paid for things,” Wiltshire auction house principal Edmonds told C.A.R. “We had hopes of £10,000+ for the extremely rare Dominion Guaranteed glass petrol pump globe, which was in super original condition.
“With three phones and the internet battling it out, £23,000 was bid. Plus 20% buyer’s premium and vat, the £27,600 paid was a new auction record for a globe.”
The past is still a blast for nostalgics, clearly. Even in the short term however, a cloudy future looks obsessively green, virtually silent, zero-carbon and extremly unexciting.
Diesel will first go the way of smoking wherever you wanted to, drinking and driving, breaking reducing speed limits and sharing illegal jokes with fellow outlaws. Filling stations will increasingly dispense electricity (and hopefully some hydrogen) as petrol becomes yesterday's coal in the interests of climate change politics.
Best advice therefore is vroom vroom, while we can. RH-E


Steam Age Fowler Showman’s Super Lion Road Locomotive roared to £911,000 sale topping result in Bonhams £3.3m New Bond Street sale

Rare 1932 Fowler 10hp ‘B6’ Showman’s Road Locomotive, known as The Lion, employed on the fairground circuit during the final days of steam, was the pride of Bonhams, selling for £911,000 including premium during the former Veteran, now re-branded ‘Golden Age of Motoring’ sale at their New Bond Street London salerooms Friday 30 October.
Following a lively bidding battle between bidders in the UK and USA, ‘The Lion’ was finally sold when the gavel of auctioneer Malcolm Barber fell in favour of the Bedfordshire-based Saunders Steam Collection, one of the largest steam collections in the UK. 
The new owner, Mr John Saunders, said that The Lion was a “late birthday present” to himself and that he was looking forward to displaying the engine at steam fairs and shows next year – the current situation regarding COVID-19 allowing. 
The Lion was offered from the collection of late steam enthusiast Arthur Thomson of Salisbury, along with two other vehicles – a 1902 Arrol-Johnston 10/12hp Twin-Cylinder Six-Seater Dogcart, sold for £96,600, and a 1910 White Model 0-0 Five-Passenger Touring Steam Car, which steamed ahead of its top estimate to sell for £80,500.
Just one of four ‘Super Lion’ showman’s road locomotives, the 1932 Fowler 10hp ‘B6’ was originally built by agricultural engineers Fowler for the Bristol-based Showman Troupe Alderton and Rowland. In its working life, The Lion powered popular fairground rides of the period, such as the ‘Noah’s Ark’. 
The Lion had had only two other previous owners, both based in the West Country, one of whom, Arthur Thomson, buying the machine in 1995, when he oversaw its complete restoration over two and a half years to its former glory. In his ownership, The Lion made frequent appearances at steam rallies and other events including the Great Dorset Steam Fair and the Royal Bath & West Show. 
Tim Schofield, Head of Department, Bonhams Motor Cars UK, told C.A.R.: “This was the first time we had offered one of these particular machines and we are delighted with the result. The Lion has certainly made an impact, both in the saleroom and in New Bond Street when it arrived earlier in auction week.”
Other highlights from the 17 extraordinary early vehicles to sell for £3,328,150 including premium, an average of £172,692 being paid per artefact, included –
1901 Panhard-Levassor Type A2 7HP Twin-Cylinder Rear-Entrance Tonneau, sold for £322,000. One of a handful of survivors of the transitional 7hp Daimler-Phoenix-engined Panhards delivered in 1901, it is regarded as the ‘first modern motor car’ due to its front-mounted engine, a three-speed manual transmission, piano-style pedals and a steering-wheel in place of a tiller, known as the ‘système Panhard’. 
At one time, this motor car formed part of the renowned Schlumpf Collection, belonging to the textile magnate brothers in Mulhouse, and was then owned by the Mercedes-Benz Museum Collection until 2010.
Ten years later, the 119 year old sold in London’s West End for more than the top estimate suggested to a telephone bidder from Germany following a multi-way bidding battle between European and UK bidders. 
1929 Bugatti Type 40 Grand Sport Open Tourer, made £310,500. Produced in the heyday of Bugatti’s Grand Prix success, the Type 40 offered exceptional handling, braking and performance, with a top speed of 75mph. Ninety-one years ago, a brand new T40 GS would have cost you all of £365! A remarkably original example, and one of fewer than 200 known surviving Grand Sports, the sale car had been owned by the the late Tony Clark since 1957.
1924 Vauxhall 30-98 OE Velox Tourer fetched £258,750. Considered the finest British sporting Vintage car, the 30-98 was more than a match for its rival Bentley. The first model set a new record at the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb and the later more powerful OE versions enjoyed success at the famous Brooklands motor circuit. This original bodied example had been owned by its vendor since 1968.
1903 Thornycroft 20hp Four-Cylinder Double Phaeton was bought for £304,750. A rare survivor from the British manufacturer, owned until 1957 by company founder, Tom Thornycroft. Offered in concours condition, the Thornycroft has successfully completed all the London to Brighton Veteran Car Runs it has entered – often carrying six people. 
Among the 15 non-sellers after the 56% early evening session, the 1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost with Semi Open-Drive Limo coachwork by Joseph A Lawton of Liverpool ran out of interest at an insufficient £900,000 (£1,000,000-1,300,000 had been estimated), the R-R Phantom III Gurney Nutting Sedanca De Ville first owned by the Marquess of Queensberry was unsold at £60,000 bid and £30,000 was also not enough to own the eve of 2007 Brighton Run Regent Street Concours winning 1903 Crestmobile 5hp Model D Runabout for two.
Despite the progressive shutdown of UK plc, the sale was still held as a traditional live auction, albeit with a more limited attendance than usual, respecting social distancing and in compliance with all COVID-19 related guidelines. 
Tim Schofield said: “We were pleased with the enthusiastic response to our new ‘Golden Age’ sale which brought together the best of the pioneers, vintage and pre-war cars. We look forward to seeing the successfully sold veteran cars with their new owners on the London to Brighton Run next year.”
As we post this on-line, Bonhams Motor Cars next auction, The Bond Street Sale, is scheduled to be held again at the auction house’s flagship salerooms in New Bond Street Saturday 5 December.

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Alfa Romeo B.A.T. 5, 7 & 9 Concept Cars sell for $14.8m (£11.6m) to top Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction before global audience

The renowned trio of Alfa Romeo Berlina Aerodinamica Tecnica concept cars, B.A.T. 5, 7 and 9d, raised $14,840,000 (£11,671,021) during Sotheby’s Wednesday 28 October Contemporary Art Evening Auction, achieving the top sale slot and setting a new record for the most valuable post-war Alfa Romeo sold as a single lot at auction, and one of the most valuable of any Alfa Romeo ever sold. 
With nearly one million viewers tuning in to Sotheby’s live-streamed sales of Contemporary and Impressionist & Modern Art, the trio of automotive icons, offered as a one lot, saw strong pre-sale interest, as well as bidding activity during the auction with Sotheby’s auctioneer, Oliver Barker, fielding bids from a global audience of specialists from New York, London, and Hong Kong,
Regarded by many as the seminal vehicle designs of the 20th century, the sculptural B.A.T. 5, 7, & 9d pictured above (image by Ron Kimball from RM Sotheby's) were produced by Bertone and presented individually to the public at the Turin Auto Salons over three consecutive years in 1953, 1954 and 1955.
Despite their individual popularity and collective significance, the B.A.T.s were never displayed together when new. Offered in the Sotheby’s sale from long-term ownership and for the first time as a united trio, the three cars showcased that the power of artistry and ingenuity is always attractive on the market, no matter the medium.
Ian Kelleher, Chief Marketing Officer, RM Sotheby’s, said: “The sale of the B.A.T. concept cars during Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale represents the second time a motor car has been offered as part of a Sotheby’s art sale—the first time being when we sold the Michael Schumacher Ferrari F2001 Formula 1 race car in 2017.
For in November 2017, RM Sotheby’s offered the Michael Schumacher Monaco Grand Prix-winning 2001 Ferrari, chassis 211, at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale, representing the car’s first presentation for public sale as well as the first automobile ever offered in a Sotheby’s art auction.
The Ferrari was sold before an enthusiastic audience, with spirited bidding both in the room and from Sotheby’s Contemporary Art and RM Sotheby’s specialists representing clients from each collecting segment on the phones. The car eventually sold to a private collector on the telephone for a final $7,504,000 (£5,678,778), more than doubling the previous record for a modern era Formula One car at auction.
Three years and one pandemic later, a most impressive digital presentation commenced with a 30-minute pre-show highlighting the sale’s top lots including the Alfa Romeo B.A.T. cars featuring journalist Kurt Anderson discussing the significance of the offering with auction house CMO Kelleher. The completely digital initiative highlighted the departure from the conventional means of print promotion and utilized an entirely digital format for the auction presentation.
Coming on the heels of Sotheby’s successful sales in Hong Kong, London, and Paris earlier this month, this Contemporary Art Evening Sale brought a total of $142.8 million (£112.3m) with 95% of lots sold. The Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale meanwhile achieved $141.1 million (£111m) with a 100% sell-through rate.
With a combined total of $283.9 million (£223.3m), the two sales raised the worldwide total of the auction house’s October evening sales of Contemporary and Impressionist & Modern Art to over $500 million (£399.2m).
While the Contemporary Art Evening Sale was led by the trio of Alfa Romeo B.A.T. concepts, the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale was dominated by a prime example of Alberto Giacometti’s towering female sculptures: Femme Leoni from 1947, which brought a whopping $25.9 million (£20.37m) after 5-minute bidding battle between Hong Kong and New York. RH-E


100% of cars, bikes and memorabilia auctioned in Indiana for Bankruptcy Court sell out for $44.4m (£31.52m) led by $2.8m (£1.99m) Ferrari

Over the 23-24 October weekend, RM Sotheby’s presented the exceptional Elkhart Collection in a ‘Live Auction’ format held in Elkhart, Indiana, which grossed a premium-inclusive total of $44,385,420 (£31,513,648) in sales and saw a 1952 Ferrari 225 S Berlinetta by Vignale (image above by Darin Schnabel), boasting period competition use, sell for $2,810,000 (£1,995,100)
The 588 lots, consisting of 236 cars, several trucks and trailers to transport them, over 50 bikes and scooters and some 300 items of memorabilia, were offered almost entirely ‘Without Reserve’.
The two-day dispersal sale, executed on behalf of trustees of the US Bankruptcy Court, saw some very spirited bidding both in the auction room and remotely from no less than 2,500 bidders from 53 countries from around the world, with 55 percent of bidders representing first-time clientele to the house.
Kenneth Ahn, President and CEO, RM Sotheby’s, said: “We are extremely pleased with the results, especially considering the complexities and challenges of executing such a high-profile auction with multiple constituents in the current market environment. The Elkhart Collection auction was also another case study for the power of ‘No Reserve’ collection auctions, with many of the lots seeing incredible results.
“The sale joins previous court-authorized bankruptcy auctions that RM Sotheby’s has successfully conducted such as the 2016 Duemila Route sale in Milan, Italy on behalf of the Italian Government, and the 2017 Level 5 Motorsports liquidation in Auburn, Indiana, on behalf of U.S. Federal authorities, further highlighting our company’s ability to execute complex sales successfully on a global scale.”
Considering the pandemic bad news wave in the US (and on this side the Atlantic), not to mention the wall to wall Presidential Election overload, some really strong prices were achieved across both sale days with a total of eight motor cars achieving in excess of the magic $1m marker.
The undoubted star of the auction though was the rare and beautifully turned out 1952 Ferrari 225 S Berlinetta by Vignale, which sold for a final $2,810,000 (£1,995,100) during the Saturday sale session.The fifth of an estimated 21 examples built, the 225 S Berlinetta was highly competitive in period, having finished 2nd overall at the 1952 12 Hours of Casablanca, 4th overall at the 1952 Monaco Grand Prix, and 10th overall at the 1952 Mille Miglia, among other events.
Another rare competition car also took one of the top five sale slots, a 1955 Cooper-Jaguar T38 Mk II, selling for $1,765,000 (£1,253,150). The second of a mere three examples built of this unique Cooper design powered by Jaguar’s racing-specification XK engine, the highly authentic Cooper-Jaguar saw six victories at Goodwood and Silverstone in the 1956 and ’57 seasons and today has been recommissioned by marque specialists for recent participation in prestigious international events.
Rare and sought-after Fiats within the collection also drew much pre-sale attention, as well as in the auction room, with a one-of-15 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia, originally delivered to famed General Motors designer Henry S  Lauve, leading the pack and taking the top second sale slot at $2,040,000 (£1,448,400).
Following close behind was a unique pair of 1954 Fiat 8V Coupes by Vignale, the first of which was based upon the famous Demon Rouge design and the second of which wears stunning, subtle coachwork and is believed to have been exhibited at the VII Concorso d’Eleganza di Roma in 1954. The two Otto Vu examples achieved $907,000 (£643,970) and $775,000 (£550,250), respectively.
Also claiming spots within the top ten were three extremely rare Jaguar continuation cars— believed to be the first example offered publicly, a 1957 XKSS, one of nine examples produced, sold for $1,985,000 (£1,409,350); an as-new 1963 E-Type Lightweight, known as “Car 0”, the first of seven built by Jaguar Classic and used as the North American press car, brought $1,710,000 (£1,214,100); and a 1955 D-Type, one of 25 D-Types produced by Jaguar Heritage and finished in the iconic Scottish Racing Blue of Ecurie Ecosse, generated a final $1,325,000 (£940,750).
Additional standout highlights include a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, originally delivered to Scuderia Ferrari driver Umberto Maglioli and retaining its matching-numbers chassis, engine, gearbox, and body, which achieved $1,495,500 (£1,061,805) during the Friday sale session; a wonderful example of the original supercar, a 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S by Bertone, boasting a very well-maintained restoration, which sold for $1,160,000 (£823,600) on Saturday; and a 1967 Toyota 2000GT, one of 62 original left-hand-drive, U.S.-market examples and retained for over 30 years by the original owner and famed American racer Otto Linton, which brought $912,500 (£647,875)
Following the auction, Donnie Gould, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s said: “We could not be more thrilled with the success of The Elkhart Collection auction. I am grateful to the consignors for entrusting us to offer this meticulously curated, high quality collection of cars and memorabilia.
“This was a truly unique collection representing exceptional quality, and we had nearly 75 percent of 2500 bidders participating over the phone or internet placing thousands of bids, with more than half of all bidders new to our company.  Overall, the results were exceptional proving that the market for high quality collector cars is alive and well across all price points.”
RM Sotheby’s continues its 2020 auction calendar with the ‘On-Line Only’ charitable auction of an all-new 2021 Ferrari Roma, one of the earliest production examples to be delivered to North America, offered in partnership with Ferrari. Currently open for bidding through 29 October, the internet auction will see proceeds benefiting Save the Children.
Also taking place via the company’s proprietary On-Line Only auction platform is the international auction house’ 14th annual London sale, which opens for bidding 26-31 October and features a wide array of collector cars alongside a handful of memorabilia. RH-E


1967 Ferrari 330GTS sells for £1.26m at £6m Bonhams sale during Goodwood Speedweek, where Invicta, F40 and DB5 were among 54 unsold cars

A 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS, one of only 100 Spiders produced, had been pre-sale estimated at £1,200,000-1,500,000 and incited lengthy “tactical and strategic” bidding by two determined absentee bidders, one on-line and the other linked to the New Bond Street saleroom by telephone.
As the increments rose and fell, their contest was likened to a boxing match, by the sale’s auctioneer, James Knight, Bonhams Motoring Group Chairman, until gavel fall at £1,120,000, the car costing the winner £1,269,400 including premium.
Fifty-three years ago, the 4-litre V12 powered 330 GTS was claimed by Ferrari to be the ‘world’s finest convertible two-seater’. With labour-saving electric windows and optional Borrani wheels, the sale car had been imported in 2004 and owned by the vendor, only the third owner, since 2005.
In second place was a rare example of its successor, a 4.4-litre 1969 Ferrari 365 GTC, guided at £500,000-600,000, which sold for £531,300. One of only 22 right-hand drive variants, it was certainly well travelled, having been owned in Italy, Canada and the USA before arriving in the UK for professional restoration by Colin Clarke in the early 1990s.
Whilst the third of only 6 Ferraris to sell was a 1974 Dino 246 GTS Coupé, one of 498 in right-hand drive, which sold for £300,000. A late ‘chairs and flares’ example, featuring Daytona-style seats and flared wheel arches, it had been restored 2017-2020 to 100-point concours-standard.
A 17,000k from new in 1991 F40 headliner with non-adjustable suspension and Ferrari Classiche certification meanwhile failed to clear the £900,000 barrier, one of 8 Ferraris which failed their fences at Goodwood without punters.
The required £700,000-800,000 was also not achieved by a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that had been pro-restored 2016-2018, one of 6 Astons to be unsold. By contrast, the 1959 DB4 S1, first owned by author Richard Gordon of the early 1950s Doctor series of comic novels adapted for movie and stage had been guided at £250,000-350,000, but was auctioned ‘Without Reserve’ and sold for £276,000.
Even though few contemporary domestic garages can accommodate their considerable dimensions, and a £1m 1931 Invicta 4-1/2 S Type Low Chassis 'Simplon' was too much for a global audience at the moment, severall pre-WW2 classics could still pull younger buyers, including two W.O Bentley designed Lagondas, among the most sophisticated and exclusive motor cars of the period.
1939 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupé, offered from the estate of Michael Patrick Aiken MBE and previously owned by another successful businessman, Eric B Fox of Fox’s Glacier Mints, sold for £230,000. It had been professionally restored and was a class-winner at Pebble Beach in 2007.
From the same marque, a 1938 V12 Sports in ‘Le Mans’ style achieved £207,000. The Tourer had had its chassis shortened in the 1950s for hill climbing and was further refurbished in 1994 to much more racey Le Mans specification by the vendor. 
The 17 October Bonhams Sale was part of the Goodwood SpeedWeek event, a one-off for ITV-only weekend celebrating the best of the traditional Festival of Speed and Revival meetings, both of which were cancelled - along with almost everything else that used to be worth going to - .due to mis-managed Covid-19 pandemonia,
One figure familiar not only to the famous Sussex circuit, but also at many Bonhams auctions held there over the years, the late John Surtees MBE, was celebrated in both the Goodwood and London salerooms.
For offered directly from the estate of the only World Champion of both Formula One and Motorcycle Grand Prix was a rare 1957 BMW 503 Cabriolet, one of just three right-hand drive Cabrios of the 138 made, which sold for £230,000. Surtees had been only the second owner of the 503 for more than 30 years, the first being AFN Ltd for Mrs Aldington.
Another Goodwood related car that took the chequered flag in auction again was the tuner Paul Emery designed 1961 Emeryson Coventry Climax FPF 1.5-Litre Formula 1 Single-seater, which raced away on the internet until sold for £161,000. Silverstone Auctions last sold it at Race Retro in February 2017, since when it had been treated to a £90k rebuild with invoices before finishing the 2018 Monaco Historic GP.
Originally raced by the Écurie Belge team, chassis 1004 had finished 11th at Aintree in the British GP. driven by American Tony Settember, and John Campbell-Jones drove it to 5th in the Brussels GP. An Emeryson-Climax also raced in the Lavant Cup and Glover Trophy at Goodwood in 1962 and at Silverstone, Crystal Palace and Oulton Park that year.
Notable valuations during the preceding Automobila and Vehicle Registations session included registration ‘RR 3’, which sold for £126,500, while a large desk-top grid of seven pre-war Alfa Romeo P2 Clockwork Tinplate Big Boys Toys, modelled on the successful 1924 racing car designed by Vittorio Jano, brought out the competitive spirit in bidders, racing past their estimate to achieve a very adult £30,062.
The overall sale total exceeded the £6m barrier with the 46 of the 100 cars and one Abatross-Climax speedboat consigned sold for £5,918,908 with premium, an average of £128,672 spent per vehicle.
Including 5 post-sales over the weekend, the overall 46% percentage sold was not dissimilar, in fact, to the 5 out of 11 sold Aston Martin 45% sale rate and the 6 out of 14 sold Ferrari 43% sale rate.
So many reserves, set only a few weeks ago, have become historic in unprecedented times. Who could have forecast that most of the economies of Scotland, Wales and Ireland would have been shut down again?
The next sale for the Bonhams team will be their Golden Age of Motoring Sale for Veteran, Vintage and Post-Vintage motor cars scheduled as a ‘Live’ sale for mask-wearing salegoers (and those viewing 29 and pre-sale 30 Oct). Proceedings will be simultaneously relayed to internet and telephone participants 1300 onwards Friday 30 October from  their New Bond Street HQ salerooms.
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Maximum of 175 salegoers at a time were permitted in War Museum hangar at Duxford to see 1934 Lagonda top £1.63m H&H afternoon

The catalogue cover, front of rostrum parked 1934 Lagonda M45 Rapide with T9-style Tourer coachwork for four and matching chassis and engine numbers duly delivered a more than top estimate result. One of 53 M45 Rapides made, and for many the ultimate Post Vintage Thoroughbred, had been pre-sale estimated at £170,000-190,000 and sold to an Italian bidder for a premium-inclusive £191,250.
Under the gavel of Guest Auctioneer Andrew Hilton, 39 out of the 80 cars displayed in and outside the Duxford hangar 14 October sold or had their provisional bids converted into sales before lights out. But after 5 more deals had been done overnight, 44 or 55% of the entry had sold for £1,628,101 with premium and an average of £37,002 had been spent per classic. The reserves of 36 cars meanwhile were not matched or bettered by bidders and, one must assume therefore, had been set too high for current market reality.
One of 80 right-hand drive 2016 Jaguar F Type Project 7 575bhp Supercharged 5.0 V8 Roadsters with 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds and 186mph capability had only been driven 650 miles before fetching £99,000 here, top estimate money.
A double estimate £78,750 was forthcoming for a well presented 1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Freestone & Webb Coupe and a more than forecast £72,000 was bid for an extensively restored 1948 Bristol 400 with uprated engine, that had been first owned by the wife of the founder and chairman of Bristol Cars until 1973.
Although HRGs have become a house speciality however, a 1952 HRG 1500 with SCCA race history that had been resident in Denmark and most recently in the UK failed to achieve the bid of at least £60,000 required.
A 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible with side exhaust, that became an option in 1965, had been treated to a still excellent restoration in Florida in 2016 and pulled a more than top estimate £66,025 here.
In receipt of extensive bodywork refurbishment and part re-trim by marque and model specialist Ken Sparkes, and a full mechanical overhaul by Merton Motorsport, a 1953 Sunbeam Talbot Alpine Mk1 that had been upgraded with 5-speed box, front disc brakes and alternator looked very nice indeed for a mid-estimate £37,125.
The 1977 Motor Show displayed Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II with Crewe reg and 42,800 documented total mileage from new meanwhile had been guided at £15,000-17,000, but deservedly made £24,750.
Much more modern, and considerably cooler for cult members, was a 75,378 mile 1995 Nissan Skykine, one of 142 R33 GTR V-Spec S1 to be turned out in Super Clear Red with reputed 450bhp under foot. £18,000-20,000 had been predicted, but an internet player had to bid £23,000 to capture the Japanese rocket, which cost £25,875 with premium.
With 0-60mph in 4.1 seconds and 170mph top speed potential though, a 340bhp and lighter 1997 TVR Griffith 500 would give the Japanese projectile a  run for its yen for the £18,000 paid at the WW2 airfield beside the M11.
The Warrington firm hold their next ‘ABC Sale’ for Automobilia, Bikes and Cars ‘Live’ On-Line 21 October. A dedicated Classic and Collector Motorcycles Sale is scheduled for the National Motorcycle Museum just outside the dormant NEC complex in Brum 14 November followed by another ABC fixture 18 November for memorabilia, classics bikes and cars.
An Automobilia-only sale takes place at H&H HQ on a ‘Timed Out’ basis from 29 November to 6 December. While the Northern auction house’s final sale of this extra-ordinary season will take place ‘Live’ with socially-distanced viewing pre-sale at the auctioneers’ home ground venue of The Pavilion Gardens at Buxton 2 December. HMG and Local Authority Covid-regs and guidelines at the time permitting, of course.
For this has been a year to forget for many of us, who have not been permitted to attend most auctions or access those competitor-only events that could take place ‘Behind Closed Doors’ during 2020. RH-E


Lincoln Continental that transported JFK in Fort Worth, before a final flight to Dallas 57 years ago, made £375,075 (£266,303) in New York

Limo One, a white 1963 Lincoln Continental Convertible, the final automobile to safely carry President John F. Kennedy on the fateful November morning, back in 1963 in Fort Worth, was the winner in the Bonhams American Presidential Experience Auction in New York on Wednesday, 14 Octoberselling for $375,075 (£266,303), the sale’s top lot.
Loaned as an official vehicle, and denoted ‘Fort Worth Limo’, for the Kennedys’ visit to the city, the Lincoln drove the President, the First Lady and Texas Governor John Connally from a breakfast at the Hotel Texas Ballroom in Fort Worth, where Kennedy delivered his last speech, to Carswell Air Force Base, where they boarded their flight to Dallas on the morning of November 22, 1963. 
Numerous photographs show the President, the First Lady and Texas Governor John Connally being driven past waving crowds in the white Lincoln, which was loaned by Bill Golightly, of Golightly Auto Sales, as an official vehicle for the Presidential visit. The limousine has had its engine replaced, and body and paintwork restored, but most of the interior, including the red leather seats, remains original and is as it would have been for the Presidential party.
The limousine was offered from the American Presidential Experience Collection, sourced from the eponymous traveling educational exhibition, founded by entrepreneur Jim Warlick, which has toured the USA for more than 20 years. The collection formed the centrepiece of the sale.
Darren Sutherland, Senior Specialist for Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts at the auction house, said: “We are delighted with the sale of this historically important automobile. There was so much excitement and interest surrounding it, and we’re pleased it generated much enthusiastic bidding.”
Another lot that certainly won the bidders’ votes was President Kennedy’s original government-issue Air Force One Bomber Jacket Given to David Powers, which achieved a mighty $250,075 (£177,553) in the saleroom. 
An original U.S. Government issue G-1 flight jacket, with a sewn patch of the Seal of the President of the United States over the right breast, which was originally owned by President John F. Kennedy and gifted to David Powers circa 1962-1963. Officially known as the President’s ‘Special Assistant’, Powers was a close friend of President Kennedy.
After President Kennedy's death, Bobby Kennedy appointed Powers as the shepherd of the Kennedy legacy and first curator of the JFK museum when a nascent collection travelled the world in 1965, until his retirement from the JFK Library in 1994.
This American Presidential Sale was conducted as a hybrid ‘Live and On-Line’ auction’, with a live auctioneer on the rostrum at the Bonhams New York salerooms in Madison Avenue. The auction was live streamed to a worldwide audience of bidders, via their website, with bids accepted via telephone, online and by absentee bids, in accordance with current local guidelines regarding COVID-19. RH-E


Bentley 8-Litre raises $885,000 (£628k) and Barn-Found Merc 290 makes double estimate $362,500 (£257k) in 68% sold $3.3m (£2.36m) US sale

A 1930 Bentley 8-Liter Tourer, W.O. Bentley’s final creation and one of 100 examples built, sold for $885,000 (£628,350 with premium), the top of its pre-sale estimate, leading the Bonhams Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia Auction on Sunday October 11 at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, Philadelphia. The sale, conducted as a traditional live auction, realised a total of $3.32 million (£2,356,677) and, with buyers for 40 out of 59 automobiles on offer, a 68% sale rate with 19 cars unsold.
The second star of the sale was of the three-pointed variety. A rare 1935 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet A, the most desirable version of the 290 with coachwork by Sindelfingen, Mercedes-Benz’s in-house coachbuilder, was presented in enticing ‘barn-find’ condition. Offered from the famous Petersen Automotive Museum Vault Collection, the 290 caused a bidding frenzy, finally selling for $362,500 (£257,375), twice its pre-sale estimate.
Another pre-war European automobile that performed strongly yesterday was a 1934 Lagonda M45 T8 Tourer, which edged above its top pre-sale estimate, selling for $179,200 (£127,232). One of only 10 known survivors of the classic pre-war British 4 1/2-Liter Grand Tourer, this elegantly aged motor car had been in the ownership of the same US-based family since 1967.
However, the Europeans had stiff competition from American metal at the sale. Flying the stars and stripes was the quintessential ‘muscle’ car, a rare and powerful 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 which exceeded its top estimate, making $346,000 (£245,660). Beautifully restored by a marque expert, this example had been in private ownership for more than 35 years and had covered fewer than 3,500 miles since new.  
Another muscle car rarity to successfully cross the block was a 1971 Oldsmobile 442 W30 Coupé selling for $78,400 (£55,664). The restored 442 was one of 810 cars fitted with the performance-boosting W-Machine package and one of just 247 cars to benefit from the close-ration race bred M22 “Rockcrusher” Muncie 4-speed transmission. 
An American automobile from another era to find favour with the Simeone saleroom, was a 1913 Rauch & Lang Model J Electric Coach, which exceeded its pre-sale estimate achieving $80,640 (£57,254). This prestigious electric vehicle, a favourite in its day of wealthy urban women, was reported to have been delivered new to Bertha Palmer, the renowned Chicago socialite. 
Greg Porter, Bonhams Motor Car Specialist and Head of Sale, said: “It is always a pleasure to return to Simeone and we were excited this year to see strong bidding from US and international buyers, with the sale live streamed across the globe via 
"We were also pleased to welcome our collectors back to a traditional live auction, with an auctioneer in the sale room, while respecting the all local COVID-19 guidelines – the bidders were pleased to be there too. We achieved fantastic results for our highlight pre-war lots and also great results for some of the outstanding American muscle cars.”
The Bonhams US Motor Car Team is already gearing up for 2021, with the Scottsdale Auction, its next major sale, taking place in Arizona 21 January.

Royal BMW and Aston Martin fly on a Sunday afternoon in Belgium where Bonhams sell 71% of the auction cars for 8.4m euros (£7.6m)

The 1959 BMW 507, first owned by King Constantine II of Greece, was the star performer at the annual Bonhams Zoute Sale on Sunday 11 October, selling for 2,070,000 million euros (£1,863,000) to a telephone bidder, earning applause from a live audience in the saleroom.
Another regal ride came from the 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 3.0-litre Fixed Head, originally owned by King Baudouin of Belgium, which successfully sold for 264,500 euros (£238,050) during the 36 lot sale at Zoute beside the North Sea, where 8,434,675 euros (£7,591,208) was spent on 25 of the 35 cars on offer and a respectable 71% by lot and 75% by value was achieved.
The Monarchs’ motor cars holding court at the eighth Bonhams auction at the North Belgian resort were both really chic models in the 1950s. The BMW 507 was one of the era’s most expensive and exclusive convertibles, with only 252 cars produced. King Constantine’s car, fitted with options fit for a King including a Nardi steering wheel, had been fully and beautifully restored in the early 1990s and has since taken part in the world’s most prestigious motoring events.
The Aston Martin DB2/4 was also restored, in the early 2000s, to the original specification of King Baudouin, which included the aptly named ‘Royal Crimson’ coachwork with contrasting beige Connolly leather. Originally supplied by the Belgian Aston Martin concessionaire Mannès, the Royal motor car was delivered to the Belgian embassy in Paris, for security reasons, and registered on diplomatic number plates.
Another strong performer at the sale was the 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta. The subject of a Ferrari-certified concours-standard restoration in 2018, the Pininfarina-styled very Grand Tourer raised 1,782,500 euros (£1,604,250). The Lusso was the second most valuable motor car in the sale.
Significantly, with wall to wall misery dominating every bad news bulletin, the top ten lots all achieved their pre-sale estimate prices, highlights including: 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster with Hardtop, a rare ‘triple black’ liveried and fully restored example, sold for 851,000 euros (£765,900)1957 AC Bristol Roadster, which campaigned in the 1960 Le Mans 24 Hours, sporting number 57, for the Rambaux-Boutin team, sold for 454,250 euros (£408,825), a high for model figure, accounted for by its sporting provenance and unique spec.
A 1956 Bentley S1 Continental Coupé, one of 33 left-hand drive Park Ward derivatives produced and first owned by another King (of ‘Hollywood)', Lew Wasserman, sold for 368,000 euros (£331,200).
Another motor car catching bidders eyes and mice was an ex-Belgian Gendarmerie 1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Targa, one of twenty ordered by the Belgian government and the fastest cop cars of their day, sold for 189,750 euros (£170,775).
Philip Kantor, Head of Department, Bonhams Motor Cars Europe, said: “We were honoured to have been in the company of automotive royalty this weekend and are delighted to have had such a successful sale in these challenging times. The overall results – and indeed the number of registered bidders - show that the appetite for exceptional motor cars with interesting provenance and potential is still very strong.
“We are grateful to have had the co-operation and support of the Zoute Grand Prix organisers with hosting this successful auction. We look forward to returning to Knokke-Heist next year and hope to see a number of the motor cars sold this weekend taking part in the 2021 Zoute Grand Prix Rally.”
The Bonhams Zoute Sale was conducted as a traditional live auction, with auctioneer Malcolm Barber on the rostrum in the saleroom at the CWART in Knokke-Heist, in accordance with current local COVID-19 guidelines, while the sale was also live-streamed across the globe via
The so far unconquerable Covid 19 permitting, of course, the next Equipe Bonhams Motor Cars fixture on the EU mainland will be their 10th running of the Grand Marques sale at the Grand Palais Thursday 4 February during Retromobile week 1.

2018 McLaren 570S driven 4650 miles during late Joy Rainey’s ownership made more than forecast £95,625 at latest Bonhams MPH Drive Through

A 1935 Alvis Speed 20 with Charlesworth Drophead Coupe coachwork from another deceased estate also sold for £78,750 with premium, close to the top estimate 20 September during the recent Bonhams MPH Sale Bicester Heritage.
From the same collection, a 1965 Alvis TE21 Saloon also raised a better than expected £25,312, while from another source, a driving TE21 for improvement with suspect head gasket declared was bought for £9281 by a bidder in the WW2 hangar.
Held in front of a live, but well distanced audience again during Classic Drive In weekend, with MPH chief Rob Hubbard on the rostrum, there were also buyers for both Jaguar E Type Fixed Heads. For £76,500 was forthcoming on a telephone for a cosmetically sharp 1962 S1 3.8 Coupe that had been left to right-hand drive converted and £54,000 on the internet bought a 1966 4.2 Coupe with some room for improvement.
The oldest resident on offer, a 1922 Rolls-Royce 20hp Tourer by Charlesworth for four or more was re-homed for £50,625. A 73 years younger 1995 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo 2 high mileage lefty with worn driver’s seat wear fetched a top estimate £45,000.
A once Taunton Fire Service in 1952 Land Rover S1 80 in Brigade Red that had been in receipt of down to last nut and bolt restoration that had included a galvanised chassis and bulkhead made £33,750.  A David Berry restored 1931 Leyland Lioness Six FE (Fire Engine) with Braidwood body had put out fires in Bristol for 35 years before ringing the bell of a telephone bidder, who paid £34,875 with premium, £14,875 more than had been forecast.
Driven just 26,600 miles by three owners, a 1983 Talbot Sunbeam Lotus had been recently repainted in model-correct Moonstone Blue before fetching £29,250 here. While a 1953 Martin 500cc F3 single seater with short-stroke Triumph in the tail with early 1990s scrutineering tickets was acquired by an internet bidder in Essex for £20,250, the top estimate.
A 1968 Wolseley 6/110 Saloon did look like it was in very good shape indeed after 103,311 mileage and realised a more than guide £16,875 as a result. A ‘No Reserve’ 1989 MG Maestro 2.0 EFI hatch with good body and paint from the same cache appealed to a telephone bidder with £6750, whilst a BL era 1972 Vanden Plas 1300 Princess auto with oil leak and without reserve was not driven through, but still sold to somebody in the room for £5512.
By the end of the Sunday afternoon session, and with further post-sales the subject of negotiation, 66 or 65% out of 105 of the vehicles in the Bicester Heritage hangar had sold for £1,230,804 with premium and an average of £18,649 had been spent per classic.
Simultaneously at Bonmont, near Geneva in Switzerland, the Bonhams team sold another 35 cars from 54 in their on-line catalogue during a 65% sold afternoon, when the average price per car sold under the Sholto Gilberston wielded gavel amounted to £215,264. But then a 2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 1000bhp Super Sports did account for £1,559,253 of the £6,404,091 (7,534,225 Swiss Francs) sale total. In mid and trans-European pandemic, the £7.63m spent on classics simultaneously at the two sales was extraordinary.

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1909 Riley 12/18 made £16,500 more than forecast £50,600 at Richard Edmonds new sale venue, where £1,169,852 was spent over two weekends

The Riley 12/18 Long Chassis of 1909 vintage with distinctive round radiator, 3-speed gearbox and shaft-drive, one of only seven known to exist, had been pre-sale estimated at £30,000-35,000, but realised £50,600 with 10% premium in the Richard Edmonds marquee pitched on the Wiltshire auctioneers’ new Showell Farm venue, only just outside Chippenham.
Even more spectacular was the performance of a Crestmobile Type D with Rear-Entrance Tonneau, the 4-Seater version of which cost $850 in 1904. For 116 years later, having been guided at £20,000-30,000, which was quickly matched by one of four telephone bidders, two even more determined contestants in the tent took bidding up to £66,500, costing the winner £73,150 with premium.
The annual London to Brighton Run eligible Veteran for up to four intrepid automobilists was propelled by a single cylinder air-cooled engine, rated at all of 8hp, with mechanical inlet valves fed with drip-feed lubrication and a choice of 2 epicyclic gears with foot and handbrake operating on the transmission.
A proven early Brighton Run starting 1901 Renault 450cc Series E with trad side radiators, that were characteristic of Renaults at the time, and that seated four, attracted a commission bidder, four on telephones and two more in the room. Once again, the £40,000-50,000 estimate was quickly overtaken until a socially-distanced contestant in the tent had bid £68,500 to secure a car for which full history was known from new.
Having been estimated to cost the next owner £35,000-40,000, £22,400 was accepted for a 1906 Darracq 10/12 Model R with detachable rear-entrance tonneau coachwork for four. While a less than £28,000-35,000 guided £22,000 was enough to catch a still shooting 1908 Star, one of the UK’s top motor manufacturers pre-WW1, and £15,400 sufficient to buy a VCC New Zealand 1912 dated De Dion Model DH. All the Veterans and Edwardians will remain in Brexit Britain.
The highest priced lot of the Saturday 19 September afternoon cars session however was a 1954 and 4th Series Lancia B20 GT Coupe with De Dion rear suspension, plus factory-option floor-mounted rather than column gear-change, that had been twice owned by prolific motoring author Anthony Pritchard, and which scored over a century by selling for £100,100 with premium.
The required £46,200 was forthcoming for a hill-climbed 1987 Ferrari 328GTS with full harnesses, and a better than expected £31,900 paid for a 1978 Lotus Esprit S1 Type 79, treated to grp body-off chassis restoration in 2012.  Also restored some years ago, but in storage since, was a front of rostrum parked 1973 Alfa Romeo Montreal V8 GT, in need of passenger seat cloth repair at least, that sold for an only just below estimate £29,700.
Star of a clutch of Austin Sevens, all but one of which sold out, was a formerly Streatham resident 1925 Pram-Hood Chummy that had been preserved in authentically weathered ‘Oily Rag’ condition, but was claimed to be in full running order with Ian Bancroft engine, and which most deservedly raised £14,500. The buyer is determined to keep it as bought.
Two more Chummy found new chums here with a 1928, restored over many years with a Hardy Spicer coupling replacing the flexible coupling, and reconditioned dynamo and magneto, making the £13,200 forecast. While a 1927, re-bodied with John Heath made coachwork during 2003 restoration and benefiting from a 12-volt conversion, looked like good value for £10,450, even with noisy timing gears declaration.
Having been restored in 2015, a show-winning 1933 A7 4-Seater Tourer changed tenant here for £10,450, while £8800 landed a 1929 A7, previously purchased as a chassis, but now with reconstructed Coupe bodywork and fresh interior with reassurance of recon engine and gearbox.
After three full days of well distanced viewing by appointment before sale day, and following 670 lots of Spares & Automobilia had crossed the auction block and on-line attendee screens, the Vintage & Classics stats were 33 sold from 55 offered, a 60% sale rate, for a premium-inclusive £711,835, an average of £21,562 spent by buyers per car bought. The previous Saturday, 88% of the Classic Bikes were hammered for an additional £310,000, while the hammer price total for the two weekends exceeded the still magic £1,000,000. RH-E


1956 Vauxhall Cresta E treated to £50k restoration set world record auction price of £52,860 during £4.3m Historics sale at Ascot

The figures from the latest Historics 26 September Autumn Sale - which was able to accommodate a tracked and traced audience of 900+ with viewing on auction day which followed two full days of socially-distanced viewing for another 750 - were impressive.
A Mercedes-Benz SLS 6.3 Roadster with Brabus ride control system that had only been driven 8532 miles since new in 2011 roared past the top estimate suggested of £115,000 to sell for £133,100.
An ex-US 1958 190SL that landed in Felixstowe in 2004 and was the subject of a restoration completed in 2017 also realised a more than forecast £91,300 – as did the German market supplied 1961 190SL acquired by singer-songwriter Will Young in an Historics sale in 2017 for £89,600 which made £86,900 this time around.
By far the punchiest performance for a Merc in this sale however was the £68,730 premium-inclusive result of a 1989 300SL Roadster that had been driven only 10,000 warranted mileage from new and had 16 main dealer service stamped during one lady ownership in Guernsey. It had been pre-sale estimated to fetch £25,000-30,000!
Indeed, Mercedes-Benz was the most consigned marque with 25 of 1958-2011 entered and 22 or 88% of them sold.
All 4 Lamborghinis sold out, including a 1985 Jalpa Targa, one of 35 in right-hand drive, valued by a buyer at a within guide £57,200. A Japanese sourced 1986 Jalpa ‘Barn Find’ which had been prepared for restoration was also taken on for a forecast £20,350. A well below estimate £64,350 was accepted for a 2011 Gallardo with 38,630 mileage and a 92,000 mile 2007 Nero Edition made a forecast £49,500.
There were buyers for 7 or 70% of 10 MGs and 8 or 80% of 10 Rolls-Royces, including a No Reserve 1979 Silver Shadow II sold for £16,500 and a £12,000-16,000 estimated 1980 II for £15,950.
16 or 76% of 21 Jaguars changed hands at the Royal Racecourse. The required £90,200 bought an always right-hand drive restored 1974 E Type Series 3 Roadster with Winspeed rebuilt V12 engine. While a well below estimate £84,700 was accepted for a previously restored 1962 E Type Series 1 ‘Flat Floor’ Roadster with a different chassis number on the car and Production Trace certificate to the DVLA one.
A 1967 Aston Martin DB6 with Webasto sunroof and Borg Warner auto-shift, but engine rebuilt to 4.2-spec in 2016, was one of 6 or 75% from 8 Aston Martins in the huge and glossy traditional catalogue to be rehomed successfully. Pre-sale estimated at £175,000-195,000, the matching numbers car with factory-fitted power steering was keenly bid until sold for £216,700 to become the highest priced car of the sale.
Only 1 in 4 Ferraris on show failed to get away, a UK-supplied 1990 Testarossa  in right-hand drive driven 30,866 miles making £81,400 and an EU registered 1987 TR lefty with only 13,513 mileage £67,100, both within their estimate bands. Whereas while 3 Bentleys had to return home unsold, 6 others headed for different motor houses.
Consigning 25 classics ‘Without Reserve’, 18% of the 136 sold, certainly helped to boost the sale stats. While 821 bidders from 31 counties registered to do so on-line and bought 72 lots, which accounted for around half the hammer price total.
For after most provisional bids had been converted into sales, 79% of the 173 cars auctioned from 9.30am on a Saturday morning sold for £4,332,460 including 10% buyer’s premium, a lower rate charged than most of their competitors, and an extraordinarily bullish £31,856 average was spent per car bought.
The next and final sale of 2020 for Historics - who have ambitiously announced a Friday 23 April Monaco debut sale held within Le Chapiteau de l'Espace Fontvieille during the build-up for the re-scheduled 2021 Historic GP weekend - is scheduled for 28 November within Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands. RH-E

CCA’s second ‘Live’ On-Liner was Warwickshire auctioneers’ biggest yet with 87% of 229 classics viewed at Stoneleigh selling for £3.2m

After a very popular week’s socially distanced viewing in the main exhibition space at Stoneleigh, which has been annually occupied by Race Retro exhibits, a 92% sold Friday 18 September session saw 82 of the 89 cars from ‘The Warwickshire Collection’ sell for £787,514 including 11% premium, an average of £9604 per car sold. After four after-sales had been concluded post-hammer, only seven collection cars were unsold.
Standout cars that were surplus to vendor requirements and changed hands here included a Gaydon exhibited 1953 Sunbeam Talbot Alpine Special, well restored in ‘To Catch a Thief’ Sapphire Blue (as driven by Grace Kelly on the road above Monaco in the Hitchcock movie), which sold for a double top estimate £58,830. A 1960 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC Coupe also fetched a more than forecast £14,985 and a just 19,479 miles since 1961 Morris Minor ‘Million Edition’ in compulsory Lilac was acquired for £15,318.
Bentleys were certainly popular with the previous owner of the Collection with one of three James Young of Bromley ‘New Look’ bodied in 1949 Bentley MkVI Coupes finding £37,740 and another 1949 MkVI Lightweight Saloon by Mulliner, one of 125 skillfully fashioned in ally, hammered for £26,085.
A Jensen CV8 Mk2 had been the 1964 Earls Court Show car before selling on the telephone here to an absentee bidder for £24,420. One of a forest of Woodies to change keepers here was a 1947 Alvis TA14 Shooting Brake by Barnard of Norwich which found £14,652. While an HR Owen, Crayford and FLM Panelcraft of Battersea concocted 1972 Rover P6 Estoura (Estate Tourer) was landed for £5328.
This was the third batch of classics from the same source to be efficiently dispersed at auction in Warwickshire this year and previously in the Bicester Heritage hangar in Oxfordshire.
Although in terms of putting all these valuations in public auction in true perspective, after many years of inactive storage in no more than three locations, market watchers should be aware that all the Collection cars required full and potentially costly recommissioning (and more…) before actually being driven again.
Day two Saturday19 September saw 140 more classics consigned by other vendors cross the clock in a six hour session, during which superhuman auctioneer Jonathan Humbert did not lag and, though 26 lots were unsold, 114 or 81% did sell for another £2,399,858, an average of £21,051 with premium being paid by buyers on-line and telephone.
A 1971 Porsche 911S 2.2 had come to market from long-term ownership to make £103,230 to become the highest priced Saturday car. A 1988 911 930 3.2 Carrera Sport Coupe achieved a high for current market £56,610 and a 1990 Porsche 911 Type 964 Carrera 4 got hammered for £39,960.
A 1987 Ferrari 328GTS transacted for £72,150 and £64,103 was recorded for a 1971 Mercedes-Benz W111 280SE Coupe offered directly from recording artist High Cromwell.  A 1972 VW T2 Bay Window Devon Conversion Campervan had been pitched at £16,000-20,000, but made £22,478.
A once top of the range 1991 Audi UR Quattro 2.2 Turbo RR 20v, one just 50 produced and in stunning condition, raised £84,360 from a new owner on the end of many telephones, whereas a genuinely dusty 1985 Audi Quattro UR Turbo 10v 'Barn 'Find' had emerged from 26 years hibernation to cost a project manager £17,205 for starters.
After a house record £3.2m sale and an 87% overall sale rate, Gary Dunne, CCA’s Sales Manager told C.A.R. “This was the most amount of cars CCA has ever offered and, with something for everyone, we are delighted with the result from the weekend. The viewing by appointment in the week prior to the auction worked really well, everyone respected the safety measures we had in place and really utilised the opportunity to view the cars of interest, in a safe and secure environment”.
As local lockdowns spread like the virus itself, could the now well tested Silverstone Auctions model become the new normal for safely run classic cars auctions in pandemonia without a halt sign in sight? More of the same is planned by their CCA subsidiary, whose next gig is set for Saturday 12 December, for which entries are already being signed up. RH-E

Equipe Artcurial led by Maitre Herve Poulain proclaim White Gloves 100% sold 4m euro result for Andre Trigano Collection in Haute-Garonne

On Sunday 13 September, at Gibel in Haute-Garonne under the late summer sun,  Artcurial Motorcars celebrated the ultimate auctioneers rostrum experience - a ‘White Gloves’ 100% sale – of the 170 automobiles from the Andre Trigano Collection. For not only did the auction total 4m euros (£3.67m) including 17% premium, world record prix were achieved for several models.
Conducted in a most convivial atmosphere, while adhering to current public health regulations, the sale was broadcast across two interconnecting rooms and via the internet, allowing an audience of over 11,000 people to pay tribute to the 60 year old collection of a well-respected public figure in France. 
Such was the pulling power of a fresh to market collection, over 10,000 enthusiasts had made the journey to the South West of France to attend the four days of viewing alone. Whilst on sale day itself, a large numbers of collectors made their way to Andre´ Trigano’s home town to attend and bid at the auction held by Maitre Herve Poulain and the inseparable duo Matthieu Lamoure and Pierre Novikoff.
The star lots inspired fierce bidding battles in the room, on the telephone and the internet. One European collector became the proud new owner of Trigano’s favourite 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 featured on the catalogue cover which, after several tense minutes of competitive bidding, raised 468,000 euros (£425,880) with premium, to loud applause in the room.
Another hotly-contested model, the ex-Charles Aznavour 1962 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine by James Young changed hands for 175,500 euros (£159,705), with Matthieu Lamoure in fine voice to deliver a tuneful tribute to the artist accompanying the bidding.
Other notable results included a low mileage, two-owner 1970 Aston Martin DBS V8 which set a new record price of 181,350 euros (£165,029) including premium. While the ex-Marcel Dassault 1983 Rolls Royce Silver Spur, driven just 11,000 km from new, sold for a strong 71,370 euros (£64,947) with premium.
Other highlights included the 1950 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet Esterel by Guillore , which fetched 117,000 euros (£106,470). A rare and elegant 1957 Lancia B24S Aurelia Convertible by Pinin Farina also attracted much interest and changed hands to applause in the room for 234,000 euros (£217,080).
Collectors showed their appreciation of French luxury. The 1960 Facel Vega HK 500, a rare representative of this prestigious French marque, found a new owner for 122,850 euros (£111,794). A two and a half times estimate 2925 euros (£2662) was available for a dormant 1978 Peugeot 604 V6 TI.
There were new record auction prices some Americans, a 1973 Pontiac Grand Safari 455CI flying to eight times its top estimate, selling for 47,970 euros (£43,653), and a 1976 Chevrolet Blazer for 63,180 euros (£57,494).
A 1966 Austin Mini Moke, which also fetched a record for model 44,460 euros (£40,459), had been presented to Andre Trigano by his company to mark 41 years in the business! While the 1967 Renault 4L painted by Arman became the most expensive 4L in history, achieving a remarkable 49,150 euros (£44,717) before joining the Parisian collection of an art and automobile enthusiast.
Popular models attracted interest, including the 1974 2CV Citroen AZA2, which doubled its estimate, selling for 6,435 euros (£5856). A 1985 Citroen 2CV6 Special found a new owner for 18,720 euros (£17,035) and a 1969 VW 1200 Beetle in highly original condition made 11,700 euros (£10,647).
Even in a pandemic, ‘Barn Finds’ still generate plenty of interest, a 1939 Lincoln Zephyr V12 Coupe´ changing hands for 25,740 euros (£23,423) after a battle between a bidder in the room and on the internet. A once commanding Dodge WC56 Command Car raised 9945 euros (£9050), over ten times its top estimate.
As Artcurial Motorcars MD Matthieu Lamoure said: “What a success for a sale that paid tribute to the passion of an exceptional man. The team spirit was fantastic and the auction a breath of fresh air during these extraordinary times.”

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Viewed in the metal and on video in Brussels, sold on-line and phone, Peerless GT and MG J2 among 34 cars sold for £2m

A pair of restored and mint Mercedes Cabriolets from a single-owner collection headed a 61 car inaugural Bonhams Autoworld Sale in Brussels, from where socially-distanced bids were relayed to their Oxford saleroom studio and the sale was conducted on-line.
By the end of the Sunday 6 September 54% sold afternoon session, absentee bidders on the internet, telephone and in the seats in the EU capital had spent an average of 64,000 euros (£56,961) per car and a premium-inclusive 2,240,050 euros (£1,989,131).
1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 'Adenauer' Cabriolet D, the rarest variant of the luxurious custom-built 300 series, sold for 270,250 euros (£249,732) to a bidder in the Brussels saleroom, comfortably within its pre-sale estimate. Secured by the vendor following a Europe-wide search, the matching-numbers example had undergone a down to last ‘nut and bolt’ restoration.
Its concours-standard restored stable mate, a 1963 Mercedes-Benz 220 SEB Cabriolet W111 with manual ‘floor shift’, achieved 143,750 euros (£132,836). Another matching-numbers example, the 220 had caught the eye of its vendor when he visited the Stuttgart Classic Car Fair in search of spare parts for the Adenauer. 
Among the Top Tenners in Brussels was a 1938 Peugeot 402 in the style of a Legere Dar’l Mat Roadster with Cotal eletro-magnetic gear selection which fetched a more than top estimate 201,250 euros (£185,971).
A 27,500 mile 2001 BMW Z8 Roadster BMW with hardtop was acquired for a just below low estimate 138,000 euros (£125,523) and 117,875 euros (£108,925) bought an only 100k from new 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT C Edition 50 Roadster that had been forecast to cost 180,000-220,000 euros, but was auctioned Without Reserve.   
A left-hand drive 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark III Phase 2 ‘Original’, driven only 8143 miles, mainly by one family, was contested by three telephone bidders until hammered away by Chef d’Equipe James Knight in the UK for 92,000 euros (£85,015).
A transporter load of Jaguar E Types were successfully auctioned on this platform, led by an ex-US and early 1961 Jaguar E Type 3.8 ‘Flat Floor Roadster with ‘External Bonnet Locks’, number 289 no less, sold for a 16,500 euros below lower estimate 103,500 euros (£95,642).
An unrestored and still very original 1971 4.2 Series 2 Roadster with 39,000 mileage cost the buyer 92,000 euros (£85,015), another US-sourced and Italian restored 1968 4.2 Series 1½ Roadster 86,250 euros (£79,701), and an also US-supplied in 1973 two owner 5.3 V12 Series 3 Roadster with retro air-con £80,500 euros (£74,388).
A well below forecast 184,000 euros (£170,030) was accepted for a late 1980s Lynx XKSS 3.8 Prototype, the first of nine Lynx SS ‘Recreations’ that had started life as one of their short-nosed D Type Reps, and 92,000 euros (£82,179) an Italian restored 1956 XK140 SE Roadster. A pre-WW2 1935 Jaguar SS1 4-Seater Tourer was auctioned ‘Without Reserve’ and cost the buyer 46,000 euros (£40,900).
Representing the zenith of Cadillac’s ‘tail fin’ era was a vast 1959 Cadillac 391ci 6.4 Series 62 Convertible with original leather, period ‘juke box’ dashboard and acres of chrome, which had been owned by three Belgians from new, including Thierry Culliford, Belgian comic writer and son of ‘Peyo’, creator of ‘The Smurfs’. A mid-estimate 86,250 euros (£79,201) was required to become the fourth owner.
If you could fit into it, a 2018 restored 1933 MG J2 with Volumex supercharger looked like fun for a just below guide 56,350 euros (£50,334).
One of only 70 left-hand drive versions of the Peerless GT meanwhile could audition for a supporting role in a Goodwood Revival and would be eligible for the Le Mans Classic. Peerless made 325 of their GT 4-Seaters for weekend event owner-drivers, one of whom landed this 1958 example with race-prepped TR3 engine for a within estimate band 46,000 euros (£42,507).
The Autoworld Autumn Sale was a new fixture on the Bonhams European motoring calendar, which, despite the latest increases in the infection rate in many parts of the hastily opened up EU, was still able to go ahead both ‘Live’ and on the internet at Autoworld in Parc de Cinquantaire, Brussels.
Philip Kantor, Head of Department, Bonhams Motor Cars Europe, told C.A.R: “Thanks to the support of the Autoworld Museum, we were able to admit a limited number of bidders to our Brussels saleroom, following the local guidelines regarding COVID-19. We were pleased that we had a lot of activity in the room, which led to some spirited bidding against our online, telephone and absentee bidders.”
Bonhams’ next European Sale will be 20 October at Bonmont, near Geneva, Switzerland, before one of the longest running international auction houses, founded in 1793, returns to Belgium for The Zoute Sale at Knokke-le-Zoute by the North Seaside 11 October. Cars will be physically on-site for pre-sale viewing with both auctions run ‘Live’ and On-Line. RH-E

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Multiple records were smashed during first Gooding sale in UK with 92% of single collection selling for £34m where Henry VIII lived

Three new Bugatti, one Lamborghini, one Lancia and one Vauxhall world record prices were established during the Gooding & Co European debut sale hosted by David Gooding himself in front of a Concours gathering with the priceless backdrop of Hampton Court Palace, where the 15 high value consignments had been viewed pre-sale in a Royal courtyard.
Top Bug in the 5 September ‘Passion of a Lifetime’ billed single collection sale was an ex-King Leopold III of Belgium 1934 Type 59. In unrepeatable time warp cosmetic condition, the 2-Seater Sports, which had never before been auctioned, generated multiple telephone bids until £8,500,000 was bid and a £9,535,000 premium-inclusive all-time World Record for any Bugatti had been set.
With Atalante Coupe coachwork penned by Jean Bugatti, the Type 57S delivered new in 1937 to Earl Howe still benefited from having original chassis, body, engine and period-installed supercharger. Most sensitively restored by marque specialist Ivan Dutton, one of the most glam motor cars of all time also soared into new record territory for the model with a £7,000,000 hammer price and a £7,855,000 valuation at public auction.
Finally, the famously scruffy and exceptionally original 1928 35C Grand Prix 2-Seater known as ‘The Red Bug’, which was seen in action on new level videos that potently illustrated every lot, was bid to £3,500,000 and, like all the star exhibits, was applauded for selling for a model record £3,935,000 with premium.
The 1955 Aston Martin DB3S Sportscar number 102, raced by the Kangaroo Stable in period and crashed heavily at Bathhurst in 1960, had subsequently been much evented during 27 years of vendor tenancy before making a cool £2,675,000 hammer to cost the next preservationist £3,011,000 with premium.
The Ecurie Bertelli restored Ulster Aston raced in 1935 by Prince Bira and his White Mouse Stable, with spare engine fitted for retrospective events and the original supplied with the car, was eventially knocked down for £1,400,000, costing the buyer at the end of a telephone £1,583,000 with premium.
The £3,207,000 with premium invested in the vendor's Tour Auto exercised 1971 Lamborghini P400 SV Speciale Coupe, one of 150 SVs, was another applauded milestone moment for the market at this sale, especially for the Miura sector, as was the £1,247,000 result for a 1924 Vauxhall 30-98 OE Wensum boat-tail with decking, which was also a record auction price for a 30-98 OE.
The least expensive cars in the sale meanwhile were a £310,500 1959 Lancia Flaminia Sport 2500 S1 Coupe, another world record action price for the model and the sixth record busting stat at this sale. While a 1927 Bentley 3-Litre Red Label Speed Model for four cost a buyer £354,000 and £379,500 bought a 1965 Lamborghini 350 GT by Touring.
All but one of the cars from Hubert Fabri's very  well stocked stable were rehomed 'live', the sole exception being the Belgian enthusiast's 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato which was apparenly bid to a deemed to be insufficient £6,300,000 on the prices screen. The other 14 cars all sold under the smashing gavel of the ebullient Charlie Ross, making this a near white glove 93% sold pre-dinner evening.
No cars were knocked down to mere internet players. Two were sold to bidders seen and heard in the socially distanced seats, where 48 invitees were accomodated within the open sided tent. While a clear majority of 12 bidding numbers were taken from successful global contestants who joined this sale of the year, if not decade, via a bank of Gooding team telephones. There was then standing room only for a large crowd of concours ticket holders behind a no more than token socially-dividing fence.
The fact that a UK venue, and a Home Counties one at that, was chosen to stage this single collection sale - rather than holding it in the US, on the EU mainland, in Monaco perhaps, or in either the Middle or Far East - is also surely very telling, as was conducting proceedings in devalued pounds sterling. For despite the dire state of the public purse and soaring unemployment, London is clearly perceived still to be a friendly capital of capitalism.
Even without a DB4 GT Zagato post-sale, just over £34m, more than all other sales held in the UK so far this year added together, was spent at this multiple record breaker in less than two hours. One of those ‘firsts’ was the £2,432,064 with premium being the highest average price paid per car during one sale in collector vehicle auction history.
Even with these being very extraordinary times, this was one helluva sale. Starting bids of £2m, £3m and £5m for the three Bugatti superstars were unprecedented, while bidding increments of £100,000 a wave for many cars and up to £500,000 for two have not been heard by UK salegoers for years. RH-E


1960 Jaguar Mk2 3.8 with South African police past raised £27,500 during Barons first ‘Micro –Auction’ where MGB was most absentee bid lot

After a 14 day physical viewing window for consigned cars, Barons first On-Line Micro-Auction saw a wire-wheel shod 1960 Jaguar 3.8 Mk2 Manual Saloon top the prices with a £27,500 result.
An early example with the recessed sun-visors, pendant throttle pedal and smooth matt-black centre dash section, the Heritage Certificate confirmed that the UK-built car had been first despatched to South Africa. While the large CAV dynamo and regulator fitted may have been clues to a police past.
There were also buyers for both muscular Americans with £24,200 for a 1966 Mustang 289ci Notchback and £17,000 for a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette C3 350ci T-Top.
The most popular lot with the absentee bidders though was a 1967 MGB Roadster on wires, including hardtop to collect from the vendor’s home. In receipt of 1991 body restoration and a replacement engine in 2005, the car had come to market for the first time since 2004 to be bid to £11,250 and bought for £12,375.
Whereas the oldest car to change keepers was a very WW2 1938 Armstrong Siddeley 14hp Saloon ‘original’ that had served as the Navy staff car for Admiral Sir Arthur Dowding 1938-1945, but had been fitted with a 1600cc Perkins diesel at some time, and which sold for £5,500.
From 7pm on a Wednesday 2 September evening, Tim Gascoigne was still in the Barons offices on camera and 4 telephones were manned to auction 11 cars via easylive on the internet, selling 82% of them for £102,825, an average of £11,425 including 10% premium being spent on the 9 classics sold.
The Southampton-based firm’s first traditional format auction since 28 February - their last before Government guidelines closed down ‘live’ events in front of unrestricted audiences - was held 14 July at Epsom Racecourse, where they had their most successful 67% sold £581,000 sale for five years.
The next ‘live’ auction with punters present will take place 22 September back at Sandown Park, their regular venue, where their final sale of the season is planned for 15 December. Although another ‘Micro-Auction’ has been scheduled for the early evening of 10 November as a live i-filler between their two conventional fixtures. RH-E
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Saab 900 SE Turbo driven just 10,741 miles since 1993 doubles top estimate to make £23,850 at ACA during 80% sold £1.8m weekend

Low mileage ‘originals’ that can be seen starting up and being driven past the webcast cameras continued to pull strongly in King’s Lynn where Anglia Car Auctions had sold 242 of the 305 classics at their 22 & 23 August 2020 weekend ‘Drive Through’ for £1,803,078 including premium.
Always garaged by two owners during 27 years, the Saab (photographed above) deservedly wrote the headlines, sharing the front page with a rubber-bumper 908 mile 1981 MG B GT from a Norfolk collection which scored a £15,740 result.
Consigning 71 cars ‘Without Reserve’, 24% of the total, certainly helped to boost the sale rate to 82% on Saturday and to 77% on Sunday.
Whilst although compliance with event guidelines meant both sessions could only be conducted behind closed doors, proceedings were professionally screened on YouTube by TV broadcast-quality cameras with competing bids cast from both the Saleroom and Proxibid platforms as well as a socially-distanced squad of telephone bid handlers.
With none of the usual throng of punters through which the saleroom drivers can only gingerly edge their way under nornal circumstances, both public-free auctions were concluded at speed - perhaps a tad too rapidly for many older viewers, who take longer to write the prices down!
Although higher priced items, such as a 1960 Jaguar XK150S 3.8 that had started public life as a Fixed Head, but had been the subject of Drophead conversion, ran out of road at £99,000, and £54,000 was not enough to land a US and then Tokyo resident 1974 E Type V12 Roadster, a South African supplied 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS 6.3 563bhp AMG Roadster did sell in Norfolk for £91,500 and a clutch of daunting restoration projects all sold out.
The £14,040 performance of a thickly dusty 1965 Ford Mustang 289 Fastback without paperwork was quite extraordinary. A barn-stashed 1965 Vanden Plas Princess with 4.0 R-R motor, CB radio and in-car record player also found a saviour with £1620 and the mortal remains of one of only three Especial editions of the 1977 Panther Rio Saloon, the HR Owen demonstrator no less, that had been abandoned since 1997, were taken on for £720.
Behind the AMG Merc, and in second place in the weekend’s prices, was a 1992 Porsche 911 Type 964 C2 3.6 Cabrio manual that had done 78,512 miles on two speedos before selling here for £39,220, virtually the lower estimate figure, which was also forthcoming for a home market 1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1 sold for £28,620. US resident until 1992, a Healey 3000 BN7 Mk2 from 1961 with working overdrive and renewed fuel tank also raised the required £24,380.
A former Land Rover Press Fleet 1982 88 County Station Wagon in receipt of a nut and bolt restoration, which had included a new galvanised chassis and much factory reconditioned hardware, was keenly contested. Provisionally bid to £20,000, the S3 2-Door sold for £21,200 with premium.
The Renault 5 GT Turbo in the sale was one of the rarer Raiders with wing extensions, which attracted a more than forecast £18,900 on-line, and a 30,000k 1962 Renault Dauphine lefty with magnetic clutch, driven only 200k since a 2016 MOT, inspired a buyer to pay £7,155 over the telephone, £655 over the guide price. An even more French Peugeot 172 Grand Sport of 1924 vintage, one of only 100, this one with engine enlarged to 720cc, also sold on the internet for a just under guide £19,710.
It was perhaps surprising that the very well documented 1963 Westfield Eleven Number 1 - the first car built by Westfield founder Chris Smith - did not find the £20,000-25,000 sought. Although even with a Q-plate, a 1993 Westfield SE1 Pinto-powered 5-speed Wide Body with full wet weather gear, driven 3084 miles by the one constructor owner, did sell for a more than estimated £8,370.
A couple of really interesting Sixties Specials were much viewed by-appointment during several days of masked and distanced inspections of sale cars and their documents. A previously Mistral-bodied and DVLA-registered 1966 Reliant Sabre chassis that had been rebuilt with pro-built Chevvy 283 V8 and Muncie M20 tranny realised £14,580.
A Ford 1600 Special meanwhile, consisting of a Bowden chassis and the front of an Ashley body with a back end looking like a Lotus XI, was driven past the rostrum and sold for £6,625, but will require completion and sorting before heading for the hills without a back-up car in pursuit.
Among other memorable movers to make your Reviewer’s notebook, a 1975 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I that had been in service in Hong Kong and the US and had only done 19,905 miles fetched a high for model £18,090. £14,575 was available for the 1932-dated Austin Seven Pocklington Special that had been sensibly upgraded during the last eleven years of vendor ownership.
A more than estimated £9,540 was required to own a 1965 Ford Anglia 105E with 29,540 recorded mileage, and an only three owner 1949 Standard Vanguard Phase 1 'Beetle-Back' emerged from many static years to sell for £7,685. An unrestored 1989 Toyota Supra 3.0 Turbo Auto with leather and 69,142 warranted mileage was bought by telephone for £6,890, a Rover V8-engined 1964 Vauxhall VX4/90 with 5-speed box cost a bidder £6,480 and a trusty 1952 Ferguson TVO TED Tractor in unmarked trademark grey that was far too nice to plough any furrow realised a far from agricultural £5,035.
After some more ‘provisionals’ had been converted into ‘definites’, 120 of the Saturday sale cars had changed owners and a further 122 entries had done the same on the Sunday. An encouraging total therefore of 242 classics had sold, while some more post-sales in the pipeline should reduce the 63 cars that were unsold in the first few hours after curtain fall.
And while shifting higher priced stock had certainly become very much harder here than it was pre-Covid, the £7,451 average spent by classics consumers during another well supported ACA weekend confirms that the market - for affordable collector vehicles at least - is still alive, whilst so much of the rest of the economy is not. RH-E

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Delighted Octogenarian telephone bidder collects Rossleigh Kirkcaldy supplied in 1973 Triumph Dolomite for £4510 at Morris Leslie

By contrast 14 year old Ollie, bidding on-line from a local hotel where he was staying with relatives, bought a 1966 Fiat 850 2-Door Coupe for £1450, collecting it the next day from the Perthshire venue before heading back to Devon. Our youngest saleroom contestant plans to restore it himself over what he thinks might take him three years!
Heading back to the South of England having been rallied in Holland from 1997 will be a November 1963 Dagenham-shelled Ford Cortina Lotus Mk1 2-Door that was first registered in London 1 January 1964. The afternoon’s highest priced seller sold for a within guide £31,175 including premium.
The newest Modern Classic meanwhile was a viewed by appointment 2016 vintage Ford Focus RS 2.3 in super-cool Pearlescent Nitrous Blue on 19ins forged alloys in Black, which, even with a 7-sevice stamped 87,004 miles on the clock, raised £17,469 to exceed the top estimate.
Both originally exported Triumph TR4s changed hands, an early 1961 car, repatriated from Nevada in 2014 and treated to a well detailed restoration, made £20,013, and a 1962-made former Detroit resident that had been the subject of a right-hand drive conversion and a pro-respray in 2019 £17,200. Both TRs cost new owners the lower estimate prices forecast.
A 1973 Volvo P1800ES 'Lifestyle Estate' with over £15,000 worth of recent bills on file was exchanged for £15,480 from a new owner. Wings and floors had been renewed in 2003, the car repainted in 2016 and a brand new leather interior and headlining fitted in 2019. The vehicle itself had really been included therefore at no extra charge.
Internet bids were placed for cars in this sale from Spain and Italy, and as far away as New Zealand. While the 96 classics physically auctioned on-line in Scotland, 95% of which could be accommodated under cover, could be checked out in the metal over a three day lead up to the 47% sold Saturday sale, which saw 45 of them sell for £244,359, an average of £5430 being paid per car with premium.
It was unfortunate for potential bidders and buyers however that there were same Saturday clashes with Day One of the mega two day ACA sale of over 300 cars in Norfolk, while another full Mathewson catalogue was simultaneously going under the i-hammer in North Yorkshire.
The next Morris Leslie auction for classics has already been scheduled at Errol Airfield for Saturday 21 November, on the web again on the same basis with the facility of previous days viewing of cars for sale by appointment, though depending on Scottish administration guidelines at the time, the closed doors may be open again for the sale itself. RH-E


105 year old Londonderry resident Hupmobile from one family ownership since 1915 was the oldest lot sold on the internet by H&H for £24,750

With consigned cars remaining at home until sold, rather than being transported to (and potentially from) an auction venue at their vendors’ expense, and after some provisional bids had been converted into sales, the North West collector vehicle auction house had sold 54% of the 68 cars entered in their latest ABC (Automobilia Bikes Classics) branded On-Line Only sale which took place on a 19 August Wednesday afternoon.
The 37 cars that changed hands did so for £353,130 including 12.5% buyer’s premium, absentee bidders paying an average of £9544 per car, many of which they had never seen in the metal. A Hupmobile-sized £24,750 also bought a 1959 Triumph TR3A, an older body-off rebuilt home market example, and £11,531 a previously restored 1975 Stag driven 46,900 miles by four previous keepers.
A just under guide £21,375 was accepted for a 1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I and a one family owned since 1970 Morris Mini 850 Super DL Mk1 driven 82,433 miles from new in 1966 made a well over estimated £10,125. One of 88 1965 Ford Zodiac Mk3 Saloons known to the DVLA fetched £9000, only slightly less than had been sought.  
The newest car to successfully cross the virtual auction block was a one owner 4500 miles since 2007 Jaguar XKR 4.2 Coupe sold for £28,125, £3000 more than the top estimate, and a 1991 Nissan 300 ZX Twin Turbo with 34,500 mileage was acquired by a second owner for £24,000, £2000 below estimate.
Whilst a glass-fibre monocoque Clan Crusader 'wedge' with an Imp 875 motor in the tail, built in the North East in 1972 before the Washington factory shut its doors for the last time in 1973, raised a more than guide £6750. On this occasion though, 31 other cars were unsold.
The next H&H sale will again take place on the web, 'Live', but behind closed doors, Wednesday 16 September, commencing 10.30 with cars from 2pm. RH-E


Gooding’s first On-Line Only sale sees 71% of 77 cars sell for $14.5m (£11.02m) including 1966 Ferrari 275GTB Long Nose for $3.08m (£2.34m)

After their inaugural On-Line Only 5-day sale, which replaced the traditional auction held during pandemic hit Monterey week, and time had run out 7 August for the 77 cars offered, Gooding & Company had sold 71% of them, the 55 cars grossing $14,497,443 with premium  (£11,018,056) and five vehicles selling for over $1m (£760,000). The average price paid on the internet for classics transacted at this sale amounted ro $263,590  (£200,328).
Ferraris stole the show, taking home the top five sales of the ‘Geared Online’ branded auction. Easily the most exciting car of the sale, the 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Long Nose, saw bidding placed up until the very last minute, before ultimately selling for $3,080,000  (£2,340,000), briefly a record for the most valuable car sold in an On-Line Only car auction.
A timeless American Duesenberg Model J Town Car from 1934 made a splash on the final day of bidding when it reached a final sale price of $1,012,000  (£769,120). A trio of Ferrari supercars from a private collection each performed exceptionally well, with all three rounding out the top five highest sales. An impeccable 2003 Enzo sold for $2,354,000  (£1,789,040), a 1995 F50 achieved $2,134,000  (£1,621,840), and a striking 1992 F40 realized $1,628,000  (£1,237,280).
The company’s offering of automobilia did not disappoint, with several lots smashing their pre-auction estimate. Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team sign sold for $51,250 (£38,950), surely completing its new owner’s garage or workshop. Additionally, a rare 1950s Ferrari factory perpetual calendar found its new home after reaching a final sale price of $17,500 (£13,300).
“Our first ever online only sale was a great success for both our clients and the company. Additionally, the introduction of automobilia into our line-up proved to be incredibly successful,” states David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company.
“The demand of quality cars has not faded during such uncertain times, and we are thrilled to provide Geared Online to the world. As we look ahead to our next On-Line Only sale in October, we invite collectors and enthusiasts to contact us today to find out how they can be a part of future Geared Online auctions.”

First Gooding UK sale to take place at Hampton Court

Gooding & Company’s next sale will be its first-ever UK auction. Entitled Passion of a Lifetime, their first-ever sale outside of the US will take place during the high profile Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace.
Once home to Henry VIII and the Tudors, the historic venue will serve as an awe-inspiring setting for the American firm’s UK debut sale. Originally destined for the West End, but postponed due to coronavirus lockdown of the economy (and airlines), the delayed sale has been relocated to the Palace’s elegant formal gardens, facilitating both telephone and absentee bids, but foregoing a traditional live audience.
Daytime TV auction celebrity and regular Gooding auctioneer Charlie Ross, who brings his charismatic British charm to every Gooding & Co live auction, will however again be commanding the internet auction stage this time. While enthusiasts worldwide will be able to watch the live broadcast from 5pm BST Saturday 5 September on the firm's website, YouTube channel, and mobile apps for iOS and Android.

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1959 Bahamas Speed Week winning Porsche 718 RSK Spider raced to $2.23 (£1.7m) result during Bonhams $12.6m (£9.7m) 63% sold LA sale

An ultra-rare and champion racer 1959 Porsche 718 RSK took the chequered flag Friday August 14 during Bonhams Quail Motorcar Auction, where the 61 year old Race Spyder sold for $2,232,500 (£1,696,700). This was the top lot in the auction house’s ’Live’ and On-Line sale hosted in its Los Angeles saleroom - instead of Quail Lodge during pandemic cancelled Monterey week.
One of only 34 built, this rarity was ordered new by noted New Jersey motorsport enthusiast, Bernie Vihl. It was extensively campaigned by legendary Porsche driver Bob Holbert at numerous SCCA and international events, securing multiple wins, including the 1959 Bahamas Speed Week, where the ‘Giant Killer’ – as it was known – stormed to first place in the debut Governors Trophy race. 
The Spyder was offered in the sale following nearly 50 years in the possession of its third owner. It remains in the US following a tense bidding battle in front of an international audience, who were elsewhere, as the subsitute fixture had to take place behind closed doors.
Joining the Porsche on the saleroom ‘podium’ was a classic of the future, a 2014 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, which sold for $1,750,000 (£1,330,000). Even rarer than a standard-spec Veyron GSV, and having only been exposed to 400 miles since new, this was the only US-spec version of three ‘Meo Costantini’ Special Editions, honouring the head of the firm’s factory team and winner of the Targa Florio, and paying homage to the fabled Type 35, with a unique livery and motifs on the bodywork and interior depicting the glory days of Bugatti racing. 
The figurative third place step was taken by a beautifully restored 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC Roadster which achieved $951,000 (£722,760). This example of the most exclusive Mercedes of the post-war era, owned by Cary Grant and the Aga Khan, was the Best in Show at Santa Barbara following a total ‘nut and bolt’ restoration in the 1990s. The quality of the work has stood the test of time. 
European exotica from all eras completed the top ten lots, including a 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GTC ‘Coupe Royale’ by Carrozeria Touring, sold for $582,500 (£442,700). One of very few surviving Touring 6Cs with original coachwork and matching numbers, the 6C was restored in the 1990s by Dino Cognolato and Gianni Trelli, second generation of Touring’s founding designer, and was a class winner at the Louis Vuitton Classic in Paris. 
Other Porsches enjoying success in the Bonhams saleroom were a 1957 356A 1500 Carerra GS sold for $428,500 (£325,660) and a 1964 901 Coupe for $340,500 (£258,780). By the time the auction book had been closed, 63% of the 99 cars catalogued were bought by absentee bidders for $12,802,150 (£9,729,634 including premium), and the average spent per car had been $206,486 (£156,930).
Rupert Banner, Bonhams auctioneer and Group Motoring Director, said: “Our live and online format is an innovative response to the global situation regarding Covid-19, and combines the best of both worlds. Interested clients previewed the majority of the cars at the Petersen Automotive Museum, as well as in New York and at other locations around the country. It led to a lot of interest and resulted in spirited domestic and international bidding, online and by telephone.”
Jakob Greisen, Bonhams Vice President and Head of US Motoring added: “This sale shows that the interest in collectors’ motorcars is as strong as ever and good examples of rare and pedigreed vehicles from all eras are attracting strong bids from passionate collectors around the world. 
“We are delighted to have played a part in the virtual Petersen Car Week and are grateful to the Petersen Automotive Museum for their support in facilitating our Los Angeles previews. While we missed being in Monterey, we look forward to working with the team at Quail Lodge and Peninsula Signature Events next year.”
The final two Bonhams auctions in the U.S. Calendar will take place at the Simeone Foundation Auto Museum on October 4, and the Barber Motorsports Museum on October 10.
Consignments are still invited for these and for Bonhams’ forthcoming sales in the UK and Europe, including The Autoworld Autumn Sale in Brussels September 6, The Bonmont Sale in Switzerland  September 20, The Zoute Sale in Belgium and The Goodwood Speedweek Sale  October 9 and 17 respectively. RH-E 

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$4.29m (£3.26m) Ferrari 550 GT1 Prodrive is most valuable car sold On-Line Only in $30.4m (£23.1m) RM Sotheby’s Monterey replacement sale

Largest collector car auction house by total sales grossed $30,412,810 (£23,113,735) in its On-Line Only: SHIFT/MONTEREY sale 10-15 August and established the highest price ever achieved for a motor vehicle sold in a dedicated internet-only car auction.
The Banbury UK perfected 2001 Ferrari 550 GT1 Prodrive, an icon of modern era sports car racing, realised a racey total of $4,290,000 (£3,260,400) including 10% buyer’s premium in a hard-fought bidding war on the final ‘Timed Out’ day (image above by Remi Dargegen c2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s).
Consigned to the i-auction directly from the Ferrari 550 GT1 Prodrive program promoter, Care Racing Development, single owner of the car since its race preparation in 2001, the Ferrari 550 GT1 Prodrive, serial number CRD 002/2001, is the second of ten Ferrari 550 GT1 examples to have been built by Prodrive beside the M40. The sale car went on to compete in 49 races, taking 15 pole positions, 14 outright race wins including The 24 Hours of Spa in 2004.
The 550 GT1 Prodrive is the last V12-engined Ferrari to win a 24-hour race overall, the model finishing on the podium some 29 times. Impeccably presented and in fully rebuilt, race-ready condition, the Ferrari Classiche-certificated Race Coupe also headed these auction results.
With Ferraris filling four of the top ten sales, it was the highly desirable first-generation ‘short-nose’ 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB by Scaglietti that achieved the second highest price in the sale. One of the best examples in existence of arguably one of the finest road going V12 Ferrari sports cars built, this fully restored and, again, Classiche-certified car brought a deserved $1,980,000 (£1,504,800).
Rounding off the top three sellers and splitting an all-Ferrari ‘top five’ was a low-mileage, highly optioned 2014 Pagani Huayra, which brought $1,848,000 (£1,404,480). The 56th of just 100 bespoke examples produced and powered by a 730 bhp, 6.0 twin-turbo V12 engine, hand-assembled by Mercedes-AMG, this ultimate modern-era hypercar is one of the hi-spec examples created.
The appeal of the Prancing Horse from Maranello brand continues unabated it seems, even in pandemic times, and the top five results were completed by the 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta Lusso by Scaglietti, offered from the Boniface Collection, which surpassed its pre-sale estimate following a flurry of last-minute bids and sold for $1,496,000 (£1,136,960); and a low-mileage, Classiche certified 1994 Ferrari F40, which sold for $1,386,000 (£1,053,360).
Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s, said: “The SHIFT/MONTEREY auction has been a phenomenal success for us, grossing more than the combined sales totals achieved by our two nearest competitors during what would have been the Monterey Car Week, and to have set some amazing records along the way. It’s also fantastic to see cars from all eras featuring in the top ten results of this sale, proving that there is still robust demand across a broad cross-section of the market.”
Other stand out highlights from across the sale include - the 1932 Packard Deluxe Eight Individual Convertible Victoria, the sole pre-war car within the top ten results, and a stunner, brought $1,056,000 (£802,560); the restored 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, with only four private owners since 1961, sold for $1,045,000 (£794,200); and the outrageous 1960 Porsche MOMO 356 RSR Outlaw by Rod Emory, smashed its pre-sale estimate to bring $858,000 (£652,080).
Also worthy of note were the ultra-rare factory prototype 1972 Porsche 916, the first of ten pre-production 916 models built and originally owned by Louise Piëch, which achieved $957,000 (£727,320); a race-winning 1980 BMW M1 Procar, the 36th example of a mere 54 Procars produced and sold new to American racing driver Joe Crevier, which sold for $913,000 (£693,880); and a 2017 Ford GT, one of 138 models built for 2017 and offered from single ownership with just under 1,300 miles on the odometer, which achieved $858,000 (£652,080). While although a 1955 Le Mans raced Works Experimental Triumph TR2 in Comps-spec did fetch $203,500 (£154,660), this was more than a £100k shy of the £258,750 paid for the sister TR2 Le Mans car sold at the Silverstone Auctions 2019 Classic Motor Show Sale at the NEC in front of real live punters actually sat in the seats.
After some post-sales had been added to the book, absentee bidders from 36 countries, 23% new clientele to the house, bought 78 or 72% of the 109 automobiles, seven of which car exceeded the forever magic million bucks line. But while the average premium-inclusive price paid amounted to £277,634 per car bought, the reserves of 31 or 28% of the entry were too high for those still in the market to buy and are 'Still For Sale'.
RM Sotheby’s continues an On-Line Only summer auction calendar with its Auburn Fall auction which is now in its 50th year. Taking place 3-5 September, the sale will see in excess of 500 diverse collector cars and as many as 400 lots of memorabilia go under the hammer, ranging from American classics to European sports cars, muscle, hot rods, customs, and modern collectibles.
Significantly, the next sale will allow admittance to the event for pre-registered bidders and accompanying guests only, making it the only their second sale of 2020 to allow bidders physical access, while maintaining safety protocols as recommended by the State of Indiana. RH-E


1964 Benelli 250cc GP ridden and signed by World Champ Provini set £149,500 auction record for Benelli during £3.67m 95% sold Bonhams sale

Two 250cc Benelli Grand Prix racing motorcycles, offered from the much-anticipated sale of the Morbidelli Motorcycle Museum collection, broke the auction world record for the marque at the ‘Live’ and On-Line’ Bonhams Summer Sale, which ended Sunday 16 August at Bicester Heritage, the auction house’s most successful sale for classic bikes to date, which achieved a total of £3.67 million over three days. 
A 1950 Benelli 250cc Grand Prix motorcycle, ridden to world championship victory by Dario Ambrosini, was the first to set the new record, selling for £138,000, only for it to be broken minutes later by its stablemate, a 1964 250cc Grand Prix machine winner of that year’s Spanish Grand Prix, ridden and signed by two-time world champion Tarquino Provini, which sold for £149,500, the top lot of the weekend’s sale. 
Meanwhile, another record was set at the sale, with a concours 1979 Ducati 864CC Mike Hailwood Replica – a landmark model paying homage to ‘Mike the Bike’s’ historic Isle of Man comeback victory in the 1978 Production Race – realising £36,800, a new UK auction record for this particular model. 
The Morbidelli Collection, offered as the finale of the three-day sale, comprised 200 mainly Italian post-war road and racing motorcycles, selected from the eponymous Motorcycle Museum in Pesaro, Italy.
With the late Giancarlo Morbidelli having a particular passion for Benelli, the oldest Italian motorcycle manufacturer, which also founded in Pesaro, the marque’s success in the sale was no surprise. An ex-works 1959 Benelli 250cc Grand Prix example, one of only four built, also sold for £83,950.
Ben Walker, International Department Director for Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcycles, said: “We were very proud to have been entrusted with the sale of this stunning collection, carefully put together over 40 years by Giancarlo Morbidelli, which was a fitting tribute to this master of the motorcycling world.”
He added: “Here was a unique opportunity for international motorcycle collectors and enthusiasts to bid for some truly special lots and we were pleased that the collection received strong interest from across the globe. We’re also delighted that several lots will continue to be displayed in public at various internationally acclaimed museums around the world.” 
A contemporary rival of the Benellis – a 1963 Honda 250cc CR72 Racing Motorcycle also raced home to a new owner, selling for £89,700 on Day Two of the sale, while the ex-Texaco Heron Team Suzuki 1975 750CC XR11 Formula 750 racing motorcycle sold for £51,750.
Veteran and vintage motorcycles performed particularly well, with a 1916 Harley-Davidson, 1,000 Model J & Package Truck Sidecar realising £56,500, while a 1909 Minerva 31/2hp with Wicker Side car, a regular participant in the London to Brighton Pioneer Run, achieved £29,900. An extremely rare 1928 Montgomery 680cc ‘Twin Five’, a Banbury-concours winner known as ‘Rommel’, sold for £37,950.
Beautifully-restored machines were also stellar performers. The successful bidder of the aforementioned Mike Hailwood Replica also bought a 1956 BSA 499CC DBD34 Gold Star, the subject of a total restoration in the early 2000s, for £23,000 from the same vendor. 
James Stensel, Head of Bonhams UK Motorcycles, told C.A.R.: “The new live and online format has performed incredibly well and exceeded all expectations, with more than 1200 bidders registering for the sale.
"The appetite for important motorcycles and for one owner collections continues to grow and the results achieved over our three-day Summer Sale clearly demonstrate a resilient and buoyant market.”
Consignments are now being invited both for The Bonhams Autumn Sale scheduled for 10-11 October 2020 in the UK as well as The Collectors Motorcycles and Motorcars Auction at the Barber Museum, Alabama, taking place on the same weekend. RH-E


Bricked up in barn to thwart Nazi theft during WW2, rare 1934 Peugeot 402 made forecast £12,320 in 76% sold Brightwells internet sale

After the 90th collector vehicle had timed out from 7pm 13 August 2020, 74 of them had sold for £799,882 and an average of £10,809 including 12% premium had been spent by absentee bidders on overworked computers or handy mobiles.
Leading the prices were two Mercedes-Benz 230SLs, both left-hand drive manuals with hardtops.
A 1966 Roadster had been recently imported from the US with 280 motor and a Getrag 5-speed gearbox conversion to make £42,560 in Herefordshire, while a 1964 230 bought by an American in Paris for 17,500 Francs in 1977, before becoming US resident for 42 years until earlier this year, also changed hands here for £37,520.
By far the most bids were recorded for the most unlikely lot, a now near extinct, but living example of a Morris Marina 1.3 L 4-Door Saloon of 1979 vintage, a time warp survivor requiring recommisioning. With 17 old MOTs issued during the first 29,931 miles, and only 48,000 mileage in total before being sentenced to a lock-up for the past 10 years, the one husband and wife owned 'origina'l from new attracted a bids-busting 116 clicks until 'virtually-hammered' for £6076 with premium. Some yellow cushions were still present within this relic from a best forgotten era.
An ex-lhd and now rhd during concours standard restoration 1958 Triumph TR3A with TR4A gearbox made a close to lower estimate £27,440.  A below estimate £26,750 meanwhile was also accepted for a 1992 Opel Omega Lotus 3.6 Saloon driven 121,062k. Issued with a V5C and UK plates in 2017, the German version of the Vauxhall Carlton Lotus will benefit from cosmetic tidying.
One of 20 1963 Sunbeam Alpine Harrington Series C Coupe, of which twelve survive, this one with Hartwell tuned 1.6, made £19,779, top estimate money.  An always 1954 MG TF with 1250 motor and aluminium hardtop also raised a forecast £17,024, whereas a 1953 TDTD/C (C for Competition) Mk2 with the bigger carbs, twin fuel pumps, Andrex suspension and a higher rear axle, of which 1700 were exported to where higher octane rather than pool petrol was available, was well bought for £14,280.
An ex-Japan 1973 Porsche 914, in receipt of over £7500 expenditure on a 2.0 engine rebuild and a glass-out repaint since immigrating four years, raised £14,784 from the best of 28 bids. A 1971 Mini 850 Pick-Up did well, pulling 43 potential owning offers until time ran out and the next keeper had paid £12,205 and a 1970 Opel GT, one of only 34 of GM’s only lhd 1.9 Coupes registered in the UK, was contested by 20 bids until it had cost the winner £10,864.
31 bids were cast to hook a 1971 Vanden Plas Princess 1300 Mk2 with 33,650 miles on the odometer for which a below estimate £10,920 was accepted. The final bid of 48 saw a 1973 MGB Roadster, guided at £7,000-9,000, landed for £8624, while the eighth bid bought a rhd 2003 Alfa Romeo 147 GTA 3.2 V6 for £8120 and the 14th a 1984 MG Metro Turbo 1275 Hatch for £6720.
Among oldtimers rehomed on the internet and telephone were a 1926 Sunbeam 14/40 4-Seater Tourer for £22,100, a 1927 Talbot 14/45 4-Seater Tourer for £19,040, a 1936 Daimler Light 20 Limo for £16,128 and a 1949 Daimler DB18 Drophead by Barker for £13,899.
Even before a few stragglers had been post-sold and added to the stats, 74 cars, 76% of those offered on the house platform, had sold and 22 or 24% had not. There were 8 No Reservists, which were going to sell for whatever was bid, while 37 or 56% of classics sold did so for within their pre-sale estimates.
In these sporadic lock-down times however, it was the more than forecast sums paid for 9 cars or 14% of cars sold that were significant buyer votes of confidence in a better future, whereas the vendors of only 20 or 30% of cars had to settle for below estimate returns.
All consigned vehicles were on-site at Brightwells HQ in Leominster, where, this time, cars for sale could at least be physically viewed by appointment. Dates for the next Timed Out session have yet to be confirmed however.
For having suspended their auction calendar of traditional ‘live’ sales due to the pandemic, the Herefordshire firm say they will review formats and publish some more dates once restrictions have eased. RH-E

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£1.9m Lamborghini Miura SV tops Silverstone prices during record Silverstone Classic replacement sale where 161 cars sell for £15.9m On-Line

The undisputed supercar lot of Silverstone’s behind closed doors on-line only flagship fixture Friday 31 July and Saturday 1 August was a 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV, even rarer in right-hand drive, for which £1,800,000-2,400,000 was sought.
At least five internet bidders were queuing to play for the Miura keys, but were unable to enter what quickly became a rapid-fire, all-telephone contestant battle from a starting bid of £1,450,000 to hammer fall at an audibly applauded £1,700,000, the Spinto Veloce costing the winner £1,912,500 with premium.
There were plenty of potential takers for an only 18,247 mile and right-hand drive 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS Targa-Top with matching numbers that was auctioned ‘Without Reserve’ and eventually made a more than top estimate £337,500 to more on-line heard applause.
Other noteworthy sellers from the SA-30 Collection included a 1998 restored 1958 AC Ace Bristol Sports, sold for £220,500, and a £208,125 Porsche 911 Type 664 Carrera RS had been driven just 16,792k since 1994. A 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing with 13,346 mileage made £139,500, and a 10,804 mile SLS Roadster of the same vintage £101,250.
An exported 1961 Jaguar E Type S1 ‘Flat Floor’ Roadster for restoration was taken on for £112,500, and a S1 FHC of the same age, in the same state, for £90,000. A ‘For Love of Cars’ TV-restored 1964 Austin Mini Cooper Downton Mk1 from the same source fetched £34,875, and a 1960 Austin Mini Seven Mk1 from one family ownership of 55 years £12,600.
A whole Panzer Division of Porsches (actually 35 low mileage minters) had come to market from the Stuttgart Collection, ranging from a 16,117 miles since 1995 911 993 RS sold for £315,000 to the first UK registered in 1967 911S 2-Litre SWB, that had done only 17 miles since restoration and which made £171,000. A still air-cooled 911 993 Turbo in right-hand drive had only done 745 miles since new in 1996, hence the £168,750 auction price paid,
The 2009-built 550 Chamonix Spider, really well replicated by Special Edition Inc in the US and previously owned by the late Herbie Blash from F1 Admin and the Brabham GP Team for many seasons before that, raised a well over estimate £52,875.
A stunning UK supplied 1988 924 S with subtle upgrades including a 944 2.5 motor during Porsche Centre Tonbridge restoration also fetched a more than forecast £29,025.
The highest priced lot from the 18 car cull of the Anthony Hamilton Collection in a Silverstone sale physically conducted in Warwickshire, whilst son Lewis again dominated a British GP in private at the Northamptonshire circuit, was an only 43 miles from new in 2006 Ford GT sold for an only just below forecast £241,875. An 11,000m 2006 Mercedes SLR McLaren Coupe did make £182,250, within the estimate.
Australian restored to better than new, Walsall-made 1954 Swallow Doretti Roadsters with TR2 mechanicals both sold for £74,250 and £69,750. 38,250 was accepted for Hamilton’s Wood & Pickett ‘Margrave Mini 1275S with Harold Radford hatchback conversion, and £23,625 secured the ex-Lord Mountbatten of Burma, half-timbered 1965 Morris Mini De Luxe Traveller.
There were buyers with £148,500 and £135,000 for both 1955 and 1970 Henri Chapron Decapotable Citroens that were surplus to requirements at a major Midlands-based Collection.
A once Royal family endorsed Alvis RE21 3-Litre Park Ward Convertible from 1965 raised a better than expected £51,750, and a 1953 T21 2-Seater Tourer from the same Coventry manufacturer £46,125. A dusty 1948 Alvis Coupe by Duncan for recommissioning, if not a full restoration, was taken on for £27,000. A previously restored and shiney 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabrio did not sell however after nowhere near the £315,000-350,000 suggested was bid.
Whilst the at least £300,000 or more suggested for actor Steve Coogan’s XK Engineering restored 1961 Jaguar E Type was not achieved in the 'live' show, the really early 'Flat Floor' Roadster with external bonnet locks speedily sold afterwards for £270,000. Both 1992 Jaguar XK220s in the sale were rehomed, too, £210,000 buying a 22,699k example from the Warwickshire Collection and a just 4014k from new car from the SA-30 Collection selling for £292,500.
Although 54 cars auctioned were unsold by the end of the weekend, consigning six headline collections for this sale, and dispersing one high value cache ‘Without Reserve’, hugely boosted pre-sale interest in the 170 cars that did sell.
The socially-distanced facility for prospective buyers being able to physically inspect all cars entered by appointment, at two viewing locations, over two working weeks, translated into multiple bids being placed for many lots via a bank of telephones and two bidding platforms
Indeed, absentee bids for this virtual auction experience were placed from Hong Kong and Hitchin, from California to Richmond, from Singapore, Essex and even Taku in the Sudan!
For after 70 or 65% out of 108 Friday cars offered had sold for a very bullish £4,716,782 (an average of £67,383 including premium), another 100 or 86% of 116 cars during the 6½-hour Saturday session then sold for an additional £11,183,761 (an even more bank-busting average of £111,838 per car bought).
Even before any more aftersales had been concluded, 170 of the 224 cars in the on-line only catalogue had changed hands during this 76% sold weekend for a 2020 UK and on-line auction record £15,900,543 with premium (an overall average of £93,533 per car).
By the time the 1904 issued registration ‘09’, which had been optimistically estimated at £130,000-150,000, had realised a stratospheric £216,000 however, and the former French Riviera resident 1995 Sunseeker Tomahawk 41 13M Speedboat enjoyed by the late 007 Sir Roger Moore had cruised to a £82,123 result, plus some stocking fillers had sold, the house record sale total had exceeded £16.4m, more than any other collector auction in Europe since the Retromobile week sales in pre-covid February.
Considering the perilous state of the mismanaged UK economy, which is sinking further and faster than ever before, and the very real prospect of enforced lockdowns for the classic car owning majority as a second wave gathers strength, the extraordinary stats from this two day epic really were most encouraging to those who have booked their seats in the lifeboat. RH-E

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1993 Porsche 911 964 3.6 Turbo flies out of Bicester Heritage hangar to make way over estimate £164,250 during record Bonhams MPH auction

The top priced seller during a £2.6m Live On-Line Saturday 25 July afternoon, the highest grossing Bonhams sale at Bicester so far, was a sporting Bentley 3-Litre Tourer for two that had started life as a Gurney Nutting Saloon in 1927, but had been re-bodied as an open-top with cycle mudguards just after WW2, and which sold for £225,000, mid-estimate money.
Whilst a more than forecast £84,375 was forthcoming for a 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II 40/50hp H J Mulliner Saloon and a below guide £78,750 was accepted for a 1934 Talbot AV95/105 Alpine Rep, a £380,000-400,000 1928 Bentley 4½-Litre Tourer in VDP-style and a £225,000-275,000 1922 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 40/50 Open Tourer were unsold.
Bidding also petered out at an insufficient £290,000 for the first 1985 production Aston Martin V8 Zagato, although £112,500 was accepted for a neat 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk1 with Four Ashes rebuilt engine and gearbox for which £140,000-180,000 had been sought.
A 1996 Virage Volante with 49,000 mileage did sell for a top estimate £54,000 to a telephone bidder however and a still futuristic Aston Martin Lagonda II from 1980 was keenly contested by on-line bidders from Scotland and Norfolk until won by the former for a forecast £27,563.
The 1963 Jaguar E Type S1 3.8 Roadster that once featured in ‘The Man from UNCLE’ on TV and had been last rebuilt and upgraded in the late 1990s also made the required £78,750 from the internet. A better than expected £51,750 meanwhile was needed to own a discreetly upgraded 1964 Mk2 3.8 ‘Coombs Replica’ Saloon
Claimed to have been down to last nut and bolt revived, and driven only one mile since restoration, a better than new when it left the Ford factory in 1977 four headlight RS 2000 Mk2 fetched £36,562. A Sales Manger grade Cortina range-topping in 1972 GXL 4-Door that had been owned for 30 years and only driven 33,608 miles eventually sold to one of six bidders for £8437.
One of the final Rover-era Mini Cooper Sport 500s from 2000, the 10th from last off the line no less, since when it been driven only 391 miles, attracted six absentee bidders on the internet until sold for a within estimate £25,875. An OK looking 1968 Volvo P1800S Coupe cost the next keeper £22,500 and a restored 1949 Land Rover S1 80, which had avoided mud since restoration, £20,250.
A dozen motorcycles all sold, led by a deceased estate entered 1948 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide with modifications requiring recommissioning taken on for £36,000, and £45,313 was paid for the ‘BC 9’ registration, £40,500 for ‘GM 9’  and £27,563 for ‘LES 7’.
Including a £31,560 Airstream Caravan in shiney aluminium, a £21,375 ‘Rova’ (not Riva) Motor Launch and a £5062 Brian James Covered 4-Wheeler Car Trailer, the ‘something for everyone’ extras added up to £257,564. A record number of customers registered to bid and 65% of lots were bought online, with the balance coming via live telephone and absentee bids submitted in advance.
The auction process itself was conducted behind closed doors in the Oxford salerooms – with no public in attendance – and, in compliance with government guidance, by appointment-only viewing took place in advance at Bicester Heritage. By close of play, 76 or 67% of the 113 cars offered had sold for £2,333,959 including premium and an average of £30,710 was spent per car.
Head of Department, Bonhams MPH Rob Hubbard told C.A.R: “We are very pleased to see that our online consignment platform has, yet again, proved to be an effective and efficient way to consign and sell motor cars at auction. Results were strong across the board, particularly for pre-war, modern and popular classics, again proving confidence in the market.
“MPH is actively consigning for our next sale, taking place on 20 September, and then a Christmas finale on 12 December, both of which will take place at Bicester Heritage"
The Bonhams Bike team meanwhile are back in the Oxfordshire airfield Hangar 113 next month for their 580-lot three-day Summer Sale, including the Morbidelli Collection, 14–16 August. 75% of all lots are to be offered Without Reserve. The online catalogue is available to view on the Bonhams website.
James Knight, Bonhams Executive Director and Group Motoring Chairman said: “Following this series of Live Online Motoring Sales behind closed doors lead by MPH, the Bonhams Motoring team is gearing up for the rest of the year with a revised calendar, starting with the Los Angeles based Quail Sale (14 August) in the USA; then across Europe at Bonmont in Switzerland (20 September), and a new sale at the Autoworld Museum in Brussels (6 September).
“Our New Bond Street division is busy consigning some spectacular motor cars for the Goodwood Speedweek (17 October) and our new Golden Age of Motoring Sale 1886-1939 in London (30 October). Entries include a 1959 Aston Martin DB4 Series I offered Without Reserve, a 1939 Lagonda V12 Drophead, a 1972 Ferrari 246 GT Dino, a 1924 Vauxhall 30-98 OE Velox and a 1904 Crestmobile Model D 8 ½ HP Rear-Entrance Tonneau.” RH-E

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Traditional salegoers were back in the Hotel Hermitage at Monaco to applaud 1955 Mercedes-Benz Gullwing make 1,380,000 euros (£1,255,800)

Buyers who were mainly in the room and on the telephone, rather than bidding on the internet, paid 6,993,020 euros (£6,363,648 including premium, without local tva) to own 47 classics, which could be physically viewed over four days on the F1-free Place du Casino and in HSH The Prince of Monaco’s private collection museum.
The Tuesday 21 July results topping Papillon, a still apparently original looking 300SL Gullwing Coupe with optional Rudge wheels and NSL engine that had only done 38,000 miles since new in 1955, had been freshly serviced by a German specialist before selling to the front of grid seats for 1,388,000 euros (£1,255,800). This was a market encouraging moment that was well caught for Artucurial by Pascal Pronnier, whom we are happy to credit.
A 300SL Roadster sold new in France in 1977 with 102,000k of fully charted history realised 835,700 euros (£760,487).
Although unsold under Matthieu Lamoure’s gavel, a 900,000-1,000,000 euros (£819,000-910,000) estimated 1990 Ferrari F40 ‘original’ with Swedish title and swish fitted luggage set was declared sold immediately afterwards for 933,800 euros (£849,758). 12 other Ferraris in the up-market sale were unsold however as only 7 or 37% of the Prancing Horses could be re-stabled.
Vendors’ reserves were also proven to be unrealistic for a 20,000 mile 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 with original interior that had been estimated at 875,000-1,050,000 (£796,250-955,500), but which ran out of road at 760,000 euros (£691,600) on the bids screen. Whilst the 280,000-360,000 euros (£254,800-327,600) sought for a 1985 Countach 5000QV was also an historic aspiration in the pandemic present.
A pre-WW2 Bugatti Type 57, one of the last five to be built and the final 4-seater Bugatti Cabriolet by Vanvooren, did change hands again. The 1938 Salon du Paris exhibit, which had been well restored, had been forecast to cost 600,000-800,000 euros (£546,000-728,000), but was bravely offered ‘Sans Reserve’ and was well bought for 487,200 euros (£443,352).
The required money was forthcoming for a 275,000-350,000 euros (£250,250-318,500) guided and UK registered 1966 De Tomaso Vallelunga. Originally intended for the competition owner/driver market, but in receipt of a high quality restoration for the road, the rare Italian was deservedly applauded for achieving 313,200 euros (£285,012).
One of the 26 left-hand drive Bentley S3 Continental Park Ward Cabriolet with politically incorrect Chinese eyes had been bought new in 1962 by Elizabeth Taylor and her husband at the time Eddie Fisher. 58 years later in a still glitzy champagne trough on the French Riviera, the glamorous couple’s wheels, which had been treated to a high quality restoration, made a cool and within estimate band 295,800 euros (£269,178).
From the same era and appealing to the same clientele, a recently repainted 1963 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur with original interior also fetched the required 285,360 euros (£259,678).
Other Brits to successfully cross the Monegasque auction block included an ex-Italian Jag Club President 1962 Jaguar E Type S1 3.0 Roadster with numbers still matching sold for a low estimate 134,560 euros (£122,450), and a German delivered in 1956 Austin-Healey 100 BN2 for 63,800 euros (£58,058), its high estimate. A UK tax payers funded 1981 Delorean DMC 12 manual with claimed to be 20,000 total mileage meanwhile raised a mid-estimate 51,040 euros (£46,446).
French national interests were well served by a rally-inspired 1978 Alpine 110 1600 SX road car, the rarest of the 1600 Berlinettes from Dieppe that had been driven 9000k since restoration, sold for a forecast 78,880 euros (£71,781). By contrast, a 65,000-85,000 euros (£59,150-77,350) guided 1977 Alpine A310 V6 on Gotti rims with Group 4 body-kit and a battery of lights was retired with an insufficient 52,000 euros (£47,320) on screen
Whereas an all Renault 1980 5 Turbo that had been restored to a high standard to the original specification in 2016 raised the necessary 97,440 euros (£88,670), and a 1985 5 Turbo 2 ‘8221 Series’ with recently rebuilt engine a within guide 61,480 euros (£55,947). A more torquey ‘No Reserve’ 1954 Citroen Traction 16-Six H Berline went for 32,480 euros (£29,557).
By close of auction book, and in front of a live audience for the first time in many months, the Parisian house had sold 53% of the 89 automobiles consigned, the 47 sold costing buyers a sale total 6,993,020 euros (£6,363,648 including 16% premium), while the average spent per classic was a very Monaco-sized 148,788 euros (£135,397).
Spikes and local lock-downs permitting, live auctions such as this, with punters present again, would appear to be back in business. Although it is a wise auction house that can swiftly switch their sale from being open to an audience to one being run behind closed doors and on-line again as the infection stats and authorities dictate. RH-E

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Over £6m spent on 135 cars during 76% sold sale in Historics tent at one of first auctions since lock-down where punters could be present

Aston Martins headed the £6m+ results of the Historics 10th Anniversary Sale, the 44th major sale held by the Mark Perkins founded collector vehicle auction firm who have consigned close to 9000 classics during their first decade. The top selling Aston, a deceased estate entered 1964 DB5 from 36 years in single family ownership, extensively restored and 4.2-upgraded in 2013, made £550,000, forecast money.
Displayed under canvas and on sunny grass at a brand new Windsorview Lakes auction venue near Datchet Saturday 18 July, a below estimate £515,900 was accepted by Historics for another 1965 DB5, repainted and re-trimmed in 1990, and a within-guide £289,300 bought a 1989 V8 Vantage X-Pack Volante with 40,685 warranted mileage.
A below forecast £270,050 secured a Newport Pagnell built in 1961 DB4 S2 last repainted in 2003. Whilst a well under guide £88,440 was enough to secure a Vanquish S from the Gaydon era had been originally specified for and driven in 2005 by Dr Ulrich Bez, former AM CEO, and £75,000 bought a 1973 Vantage 3-speed manual with £50k bills.
One of only two right-hand drive Spyker C8 Laviolette LM85 Commemorative Coupes from 2012 with Audi 4.2 V8 in the tail was keenly contested until a £220,000 conclusion, the new owner prepared to pay £60,000 more than the top estimate. A 23,375 mile 2016 McLaren 650S Spider with retractable hardtop cost the next owner £81,400.
One of just 58 right-hand drive 1975 Ferrari 365GT4 BBs with a mere 4487 mileage on the odometer changed keepers for £163,900 and a 9943 miles since 1989 Testarossa, also a UK-supplied car, made a better than estimated £101,200 with premium.
Jaguar prices paid included £99,000 for an always right-hand drive 1950 XK120 Roadster, £97,900 for a Twyfords restored 1958 XK150 Drophead to S-spec with 3.8 engine and Getrag 5-speed, £92,950 for a sympathetically revived 1970 E Type S2 4.2 Roadster, £92,400 for a 1955 XK140 Drophead in receipt of a 17 year restoration and £88,550 for a recently restored 1974 E Type S3 V12 Roadster with factory hardtop.
A former Californian 1954 XK120 SE Roadster, now right-hand drive on wires with front disc brakes, sold for £78,650 and a 1973 E Type S3 V12 Roadster with thought to be correct 35,512 mileage for £70,400. A 1965 E Type S1 4.2 FHC transacted at £67,100.
Some of the stand-out valuations here were the £56,650 record result of a £28,000-35,000 1972 Triumph TR6 that was truly stunning having been treated to a five year restoration costing £70,000. A £33,000-37,000 estimated 2010 Ford Focus RS500 2.5 Turbo in matt black had been driven 22,155 miles before selling here for £55,550.
A £32,000-38,000 1972 Lotus Elan Sprint FHC that had been restored and perfected by the late Mick Miller really deserved to fetch £44,000. A 1964 Ford Falcon 2-door leftie packing a 289ci with Hurst shift 4-speed manual box had been estimate at £18,000-22,000, but sold for £30,800.
Driven only 8968 miles from new in 2017, a deceased estate entered Subaru WRX STi UK Final Edition made a mid-estimate £28,875. While the rare in right-hand drive 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Coupe once owned by Sir David Frost found £24,200 and £24,200 was available for the very last Silver Spur that silently came off the Rolls-Royce production line in 1998.
A house record 806 absentee bidders from 24 countries registered to bid on-line and bought 34% of the cars sold - and after provisionally logged bids were converted into sales, most of the them during the ‘live’ auction, 135 or 76% of the 177 cars offered had sold for £6,057,216. The premium-inclusive sale total was Historics highest during their 10 year history and successful bidders spent an average of £44,868 per car bought.
Although 42 classics were unsold under the gavel, there were buyers for 76% of the socially-distanced entry that could be safely viewed 9am-9pm over four days at the Thames-side location, which is only a very short flight for a bird from a unseasonally under-employed Heathrow in recession.
22 or 16% cars sold had been consigned ‘Without Reserve’ and were going to sell anyway, while below lower estimate offers were accepted by vendors of only 24% of cars sold and 60% went for within or above their guide price bands, 25% fetching more than their top estimates.
Reassuring stats such as these confirm that vendors seeking to cash in classics continue to be in plentiful supply, while thus far in the pandemic cycle, when auction sale rates have been generally higher than they were pre-Covid 19, there would still appear to be no shortage of buyers wanting to exchange their devalued currency for non-essential motor cars.
Local lockdowns permitting, even more normal service will be resumed Saturday 26 Sepember, when the Historics team hold their next match in front of a live crowd again at their original home ground of the Brooklands Museum. RH-E

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Despite the pandemic-hit economy, The Market sell record proportion of more classics for their highest sale total in one month ever

The new £52,000 UK auction record result for a one owner 2005 Renault Clio V6 Phase 2, number 304 of 354 in Right-Hand Drive with eleven service stamps during only just over 7500 total mileage, certainly helped to boost the Abingdon-based firm’s record stats for one month.
The top selling Clio V6 under the global gavel was only a smidgeon less when a 2002 Phase 1 with 4340k on the clock was hammered by Artcurial at Retromobile 10 February 2017 for 61,984 euros (£53,306 including premium).
Bonhams MPH then sold a 2006 example at Bicester Heritage 26 September 2019 for £37,125 and CCA a 2005 3 August 2019 in Warwickshire for £34,410. More recently, a 2001 Clio with a V6 in the tail was sold by CCA on-line 28 March – 12 April for £21,870 and the ‘asking rate’ by a private seller in Surrey for a 2002 Phase 1 with 18,728 mileage on the Pistonheads site earlier this month was £27,500!
The Market’s top seller in June was a 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG ‘Black Series’ with 11,690 modest mileage for which the buyer paid what he bid on this platform, namely £79,500, within the estimate band. A 1966 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk1 Race Car also made the required £47,500, mid-estimate, as did a 2009 Audi R8 5.2 FSI V10 Coupe sold for £40,000.
A couple of other highlight lots were a 1959 Jaguar XK150SE 3.8 FHC for restoration taken on for £43,150, more than top estimate, as was a 1998 Lotus Esprit V8 sold for £32,950. A Rover Mini Cooper S Works 90 1430cc driven by one owner only 26,250 miles since new in 2000 was also acquired on this website for £21,250.
The Market stats indicate changes of ownership for 58 of the 61 cars timing-out on the platform in June, only 3 therefore being unsold during a 95% sold month when a house record £1,104,531 was spent on-line, absentee buyers spending an average of £19,044 per car bought. RH-E

For the most accurate reality scroll on what is really being paid for classics behind closed doors in the virtual world of on-line auctions can be yours, entirely free of charge, by clicking on to ‘Latest Prices’ on the home page menu-bar above.
Here you will see, in budget-friendly price order, just how much successful bidders have been spending during previous months to buy what classics, an abbreviated indicator for which also gives you some idea of their likely condition
And for faster insider gen on the virus-changing auctions circuit, best advice is click onto ‘More News’ below (or select ‘News’ on the menu-bar options) and scroll-down to scan recent transmissions. Whilst regular overviews of the auction market appear in ‘Market Commentary’. Thanks for your support.


Pre-viewed 1971 Jaguar E Type 5.3 V12 S3 Roadster V12 on wires makes £72,900 during CCA’s first 89% sold £2m ‘Live’ On-Line Sale

In addition to the bill topping £72,900 E Type S3 V12 and £57,200 S2 4.2 Roadster results, this was also a statistically good sale for Lotuses, all of which sold Saturday 27 June, led by an apparently well restored 1960 Lotus Elite Type 14 Climax Series 1, estimated at £50,000-60,000, which sold