Bentley is top-seller at Bonhams but Hunt's helmet makes £37k


A 1960 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur was top-seller at Bonhams' end of year Oxford sale yesterday (9 December).

The auction was quite a coming back down to earth after the frenzied bidding at Bonhams' recent London sale at which it sold the Ecurie Ecosse collection and raised £17million from a 35-car catalogue.

As a result, the Bentley, wearing beautiful HJ Mulliner coachwork, was sold for just under £110,000 including premium.

More of a surprise was the £96,700 raised on a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette.

Other interesting lots to breach the £50k barrier included a 1964 Citroën DS19 Decapotable by Chapron (£87,740) and a 1933 Lagonda 3 Litre T7 Tourer (£74,300).

Traditionally a good sale for project cars, another Lagonda featured among them, a 1956 3 Litre saloon at £10,350.

Even more was made by an early, Longbridge-built 1964 Morris Mini Moke that sold for £11,730.

Like Bonhams' Harrogate sale, it is also a good venue for bargains. Among our favourites yesterday were a 1963 Sunbeam Harrington Alpine that underwent a Tiger conversion in the early 1980s for £18,400 and a Falcon Competition Mk2 Sports with a long and interesting history that made £10,915.

The sale also featured a range of charity lots including a signed Sebastian Vettel helmet that made an astonishing £72k. Of more interest to classic fans, though, was the lid used by James Hunt through his championship-winning 1976 season that made £37,500.

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Cannot believe that James Hunt's helmet went for that price. The world has gone mad, my house did not cost that much and it is not full of dandruff.

Chris Martin

That also throws up an interesting idea of the diminishing value of winning World Championships - James won once and scores 37K while Seb has won four and yet not quite doubles the value. So presumably on that sliding scale a Fangio bash-hat might get 80K and a Schumacher would barely clear 90K. Why bother one has to wonder........


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