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

| 10 Dec 2013

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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