Brits led the way at Bonhams’ final London sale of the year on 4 December with a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 finished in its original Dubonnet Rosso livery putting in the star performance, selling for £586,200 (estimate £500,000 – 600,000). Recently treated to a £400,000 body-off restoration after 32 years in storage, the four-year project was carried out by marque specialist Rikki Cann and included an engine rebuild and upgrade to 4.2 litres.
The 1955 Austin-Healey 100S with period competition history fetched £575,000 (estimate £550,000 – 650,000) and a 1928 Bentley 6½ Litre Tourer rounded off the top-three at £460,000, comfortably exceeding its £300,000 – 400,000 estimate. Other notable sales included a one-of-18 1933 Bugatti Type 46S at £460,000 (estimate £350,000 – 500,000) and a single-owner, left-hand drive, Swiss-spec, 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG with only 50km on the clock – in need of recommissioning after being on display since new – that blitzed its £100,000 – 150,000 guide, selling for £216,200.
The sale generated in excess of £5.3 million with an 80% sell-through rate.
All but one of the nine Aston Martins on offer a week later at Bonhams’ MPH sale found new homes, with a 1970 DB6 Vantage topping the results at £213,750 (estimate £140,000 – 180,000). The sale also featured a 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird that had been in the consignor’s family since 1984; barn stored for more than 30 years it required recommissioning and was hammered away for a bang-on lower estimate £90,000.
Stand-out result at Brightwells’ timed online auction came from a 1987 Mercedes-Benz 280 TE, expected to achieve £3,000 – 5,000, it changed hands for a barely believable £20,720. Owned by the same family from new, it had been purchased in the Netherlands as a right-hand drive car and was in tidy, not concours, condition with 98,898 miles and a recent MOT.
A 1953 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage sold to a British collector for a well-deserved £161,667 at H&H’s Buxton sale (estimate £150,000 – 180,000); while other success included a Rolls-Royce 20/25 Swept Tail Sports Saloon, exhibited at the 1931 Salon de l'Automobile in Paris, making £75,375 (estimate £80,000 – 100,000), and a three-owner 1986 Ford Capri 2.8i Special with 73,000 miles going to an expat in Australia for £22,500 (estimate £18,000 – 22,000).
Classic Car Auctions ended its year with another strong performance from an Audi Quattro, the three-owner 1992 20 valve showing 97,524 miles bringing £71,595 (estimate £70,000 – 80,000). The subject of a three-year restoration in 2015 at marque specialist AM Cars costing some £60,000, it is believed to be one of the last 50 produced and came with a wealth of documents including 20 pages of invoices.
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