Coys’ Blenheim Palace sale achieved over £6 million in sales and set a new UK record auction price for a Ferrari Daytona when their 1970 365 GTB/4 sold for £765,640. Other sale highlights included a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL ‘Gullwing’ that fetched £925,000, a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet that sold for £166,440 (estimate £150,000 – 180,000) and a 1969 Lamborghini Islero S for £165,320 (estimate £180,000 – 225,000).
Top lot amongst the 25 Jaguars going under the hammer was a 1962 E-Type Series I 3.8-litre Semi-Lightweight, which sold for £222,440 (estimate £210,000 – 230,000). The barn-find 1958 Aston Martin DB Mk III smashed its high estimate of £50,000, going for £136,200.
Five cars from Piercarlo Ghinzani’s F1 and F3 career went under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ competition car sale. Top lot proved to be the Osella-Alfa Romeo FA1 which he raced in the 1983 F1 World Championship. Described as 'on the button' and ready to go, having only covered 100kms since a full restoration and engine rebuild, it changed hands for £81,000 (estimate £100,000 – 125,000).
Sailing past its top estimate was a 1989 De Tomaso Pantera GT5-S which made £157,500 (estimate £100,000 – 120,000). In similar fashion a 39,000-km 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II took £100,688 (estimate £65,000 – 75,000) and a 1987 Ferrari 328 GTS sold for £75,375 against a pre-sale estimate of £40,000 – 50,000.
Chateau Impney was the venue for H&H’s sale on 11 July which saw a two-owner 1973 Citroën D Super 5 fetch strong money at £63,840, even given that it has won in excess of 200 awards. With both the Chevrons failing to sell, top honours went to a 1951 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster which made £106,400 (estimate £100,000 – 120,000).
H&H returned to Buxton for its 29 July sale, headed by a ‘no reserve’ 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I 4.2, selling for £68,930. A 29,000-mile 1990 Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth outstripped expectations and made over £10,000 above its estimate, changing hands for £25,760.
Barons enjoyed a record sale when a 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Volante comfortably exceeded its estimate, selling for £781,000.
Brightwells 15th July sale saw over 170 classic cars go under the hammer, achieving a sale total of over £1.3m and a sale rate of 84%. Top price of the day went to a 1935 Alvis 3.5-Litre Drop Head Coupe by Charlesworth, going to an Australian phone bidder for £81,400 – blitzing its £50,000 pre-sale estimate. Strong money was also bid for the final lot of the day, a six-cylinder 1969 Aston Martin DBS Automatic that had been in storage for almost 30 years. £66,000 was enough to secure a sale, smashing the conservative estimate of £25,000 - £30,000.
An inexpensive entry into historic rallying was offered at DVCA’s 9 July sale in the shape of a 1967 Ford Anglia De Luxe Estate, which sold for £4,620. Bought in 1991 by David Steele and prepared as a rally car, he drove it to a class win in the 1993 Monte Carlo Challenge. Further rally success followed, with the current custodian achieving a class win in the 1997 Peking to Paris Rally.
The 1953 Austin-Healey 100/4 Le Mans Pre Production was always going to be the star attraction at SWVA’s sale on 31 July, and it didn’t disappoint. The pre-sale estimate of £60,000 – 80,000 was demolished as the car brought £164,300.