Aston helps Historics top £1m


The raging bull market for Aston Martin DB6s shows no sign of slowing, Historics at Brooklands being the latest firm to announce the Kamm-tail DB model as a sale top-seller, at its first outing of 2012 on 18 February.

Changing hands at Mercedes-Benz World for £186,000 including 10% buyer's premium, against a £120-140,000 estimate, the 1965 right-hand-drive Vantage (top) headlined Historics' second successive £1m-plus sale, with 61 of 102 vehicles finding new homes. As the more mathematically brilliant of you will have spotted, that translates to a 60% sale rate.

There were strong results for Italian classics, with an estimate-busting £33,000 for a 1970 Alfa Romeo GTAm Evocazione (replica to you and me, pictured above), £67,200 for a 1954 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT and £25,800 for a 1938 Lancia Aprilia.

There were some pretty unusual lots, too, such as ‘The Bugaloos Buggy’ (just visible in the picture above beside a 1975 Alfa Spider and 1988 Porsche 911, £14,400) and 'Snake Pit' (£18,600) by George Barris, and 'Bunk Beds' by Bob Reisner (£11,100).

Adding a touch of Euro craziness was a 1965 Amphicar that raised £21,900 (below).

Back to reality, and Historics honoured its location with 15 Mercedes-Benz models for sale – including a pair of Pagoda SL restoration projects (below) – with 11 of them finding new homes. Fans of commercial vehicles were catered for with a 1965 Ford Thames 400E van (£9000) and a 1936 Leyland Beaver petrol tanker (£15,600).

In the automobilia section, 47 of the 50 grouped lots from the 700-strong Martin Webb Collection of Alfa Romeo models  (below) found new homes, contributing to an 80% sale of automobilia lots that raised £15,910 excluding premium.

For full results or details of Historics' next sale – on 26 May – see the website.

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