Beautiful Bristol is top lot at H&H

| 11 Jul 2012

A 1957 AC Ace Bristol has sold for £151,200 at H&H’s 5 July Buxton auction.

The Ace sailed well ahead of the second place sale, which went to a LHD 1963 Jaguar E-type Roadster. It had been meticulously restored and topped its estimate at £64,960.

A 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III had also benefited from a major restoration and sold for £40,320.

Meanwhile a 1965 Jensen C-V8 Mk II (below) went for nearly double its lower estimate, selling for £39,200.

Despite a healthy 70% sale rate there were still bargains to be had such as a ‘relatively tidy’ 1970 Sunbeam Alpine, which sold for £630 complete with tax and a 1957 Daimler Conquest Century that was showing only 30,000, was MOTd until August and sold for £1580.

As an entry-level right-hand-drive supercar a freshly-MOTd 1987 Ferrari Testarossa had a good price-to-pedigree ratio selling for an eye-brow-raising £21,280, with “fair” trim, “okay” bodywork and “good” mechanicals it could be the bargain of the century.

Although, a V12 Aston Martin Vantage DB7 (see C&SC's DB7 guide) would give all the performance and less of the sleepless nights, said to be in overall “good” condition it sold for a relatively thrifty £15,820.

H&H’s next sale will be held on 8 August at Donnington Priory with British marques expected to have a big presence.

Likely sale-topper will be a 1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Vantage drophead Coupé (£180-220,000), but the early entries include a 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster with an uprated 3.8-litre XK engine and a 5-speed Getrag gearbox (£70-80,000), a 1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Litre Roadster (£60-70,000) and a 1946 Bentley MKVI fixed head coupé by James Young (£45-55,000).

A 1968 Ford Mustang, 390GT Fastback (£45-50,000), and an Experimental 1939 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Saloon by Park Ward (no reserve) – the only survivor of four B50 Works test cars – are also interesting lots.

For more information visit the auction house’s website.