RM Sotheby’s ‘garage-find’ Aston Martin DB6 Vantage fetched £203,500 at its online auction in April, comfortably exceeding the £140,000 – 180,000 guide. The right-hand drive UK-delivered DB6 Mk 2 with a manual gearbox required a full restoration, having been stored for three decades by the consignor’s late husband, and was one of just seventy-one built by the factory to Vantage specifications when new.
Brightwells posted a healthy 87% sell-through rate at its timed online sale, where strong results included a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL automatic at £91,280 (estimate £60,000 – 80,000); a 1914 Daimler 20hp TW20 Landaulette, restored in the mid-1990s, made over double its upper estimate, selling for £85,120; and a 1964 Jaguar Mk II 3.4, the subject of a recently completed three-year restoration, brought £42,448 (estimate £30,000 – 35,000).
Among the big-ticket entries finding new homes at Historics’ Ascot Racecourse sale on 18 April, a recently recommissioned 1992 Jaguar XJ220 with 22,699km went for £305,640 (estimate £325,000 – 375,000), with a 3,011-mile 1965 AC Cobra Mk. III 427 SC raising £189,044 (estimate £185,000 – 260,000); while a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL, restored in 2016 at close to £100,000, drew a colossal £184,800 – blitzing its £95,000 – 120,000 estimate.
Mathewsons’ 23-24 April sale saw more than 400 lots crossing the block, headed by a 1996 Ford Escort RS Cosworth. Showing 23,255 miles and in single-family ownership since 1998, it achieved £79,775 on the day, eclipsing a two-owner 13,802-miler that sold for £70,875 in November 2020.
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