Barnfind Marcos Gullwing doubles estimate at Duxford

| 29 Oct 2012

A 1962 Marcos GT Gullwing sold for £11,872 – double its pre-sale estimate – at H&H’s Imperial War Museum sale at Duxford.

One of only 13 cars built and thought to be the final one manufactured, the Goodwood Revival-eligible car prompted a flurry of bidding at the 23 October auction.

This despite needing “a fair degree of recommissioning” including a replacement gearbox and electrics, interior trim and the rebuilding of its dismantled and incomplete Ford 109E engine.

The car used the same running gear as the Xylon (named after the Greek word for wood), a machine that was known in competition to be light and nimble, especially in the hands of drivers such as Jackie Stewart and Jackie Oliver.

Top-selling four-wheeler was a 1961 Bentley S2 Continental HJ Mulliner two-door saloon. It sparked an international bidding frenzy, selling to a European collector for £192,000.

Also contributing to the £1.5million raised on the day was a pair of V12 Jaguar E-types. The 1972 auto and 1974 manual, the latter with 27,000 miles from new, sold for £35,840 and £44,166 respectively.

Meanwhile, a Le Mans Replica Frazer Nash that was expected to sell for around £500,000 was unable to find a new home.

A motorcycle was the star of the sale, though, when a 1922 Brough Superior known as Old Bill – and which had been owned and raced by marque founder George Brough – prompted a bidding war. It sold to an overseas collection for £291,200.