Classic Car Auctions’ biggest sale to date generated an impressive 87% sell-through rate from the 234-car catalogue and a £3.2 million sale total. Top three results were all well above estimates; a 1971 Porsche 911 S, owned by the vendor since 1986, took £103,230 (estimate £70,000 – 90,000), a three-owner 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL with a recent repaint made £97,680 (estimate £75,000 – 85,000), and a 75,000-mile 1991 Audi Quattro Turbo, one of the final 50 produced, fetched £84,360 (estimate £60,000 – 70,000).
A brace of Ferrari 328 GTS also found new homes, the two-owner 21,000-mile triple-black example drew £72,150 (estimate £65,000 – 75,000), and the Giallo Fly targa with 25,800 miles went for £52,170 (estimate £50,000 – 60,000).
H&H’s 16 September live online sale saw a 61,800-mile left-hand drive 1984 Ferrari 308 GTS QV blitz its £20,000 – 30,000 estimate, hammered away for £40,500. Delivered new to the US, it was believed to have been purchased by Iggy Pop in the late 1990s and used by him in Miami until 2002.
A barely-used 2002 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante with just one owner from new sold for £36,000 (estimate £35,000 – 40,000). Supplied by JCT600 Aston Martin of Leeds, where it returned for each of its ten services, the car had covered only 14,700 miles and came complete with hood bag, wind deflector, battery conditioner and books.
Richard Edmonds’ 1954 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT was the star performer at its 19 September sale, drawing £91,000 – just shy of its £95,000 – 100,000 guide. The ‘Fourth Series’ coupe received an interior and body restoration in the US, prior to marque specialists Omicron completing an engine rebuild and mechanical overhaul.
One of the highlights at Bonhams’ MPH September sale was the single-owner 4,650-mile 2018 McLaren 570S Spider which sold to a bidder in the room for £95,625 (estimate £60,000 – 80,000). Other stand-out sales included a 188,700-mile 1995 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo II, making a top estimate £45,000, and a 1935 Alvis Speed 20 SC from The Nell Collection at £78,750 (estimate £70,000 – 80,000).
Brightwells notched up a commendable 85% sell-through rate from its third online auction, posting a £1.04 million sale total. The top five entries all changed hands, led by a matching-numbers 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Roadster at £77,336 (estimate £60,000 – 80,000), and a 27,800-mile 1995 Ferrari F355 GTS with the desirable 6-speed manual box at £71,232 (estimate £65,000 – 70,000).
An ‘F-suffix’ 1979 Range Rover sailed past its £25,000 – 30,000 pre-sale estimate, commanding a winning bid of £46,256. Presented in its original colour of Bahama Gold, the two-door example had been subject to a recently completed two-year body-off restoration, documented with supporting invoices and photos.
172 cars crossed the block at Historics’ Ascot sale in a nine hour marathon, with a 1967 Aston Martin DB6 bringing the top price of the day at £220,740 (estimate £175,000 – 195,000). Other highlights included a 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 ‘Flat-Floor’ Roadster at £86,240 (estimate £100,000 – 130,000); a one-owner 10,393-mile 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL that resided in Guernsey brought more than double its conservative estimate, selling for £70,184 (estimate £25,000 – 30,000); and a left-hand drive three-owner 1971 Citroën SM, still fitted with a rare Continental Edison radio, sold for £55,000 (estimate £52,000 – 60,000).
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