A 1923 Bentley 3 Litre topped the results at H&H's Buxton, Derbyshire classic car auction on 8 June.
The ‘TT Replica’, chassis 331 and formerly owned by Ecurie Ecosse patron Hugh McCaig, was originally a rakish two-seater but now wears a fabric-covered four-seater Tourer body; reputed to be the work of Kingsbury-based coachbuilder Vanden Plas.
Complete with VSCC Eligibility Document and MSA Historic Technical Passport, ‘WT 402’ eventually fell to Simon Hope’s gavel for £146,300.
Other results included an estimate-smashing £52,800 for an Austin-Healey 3000 MKIII Phase 2, ‘VLO 53’. Restored and subtly uprated by Nigel Dawes, it has flared wheel-arches shielding extra-wide Borrani lace wheels, it was once owned by former Aston Martin boss, the late Victor Gauntlett.
Another big number came in for the increasingly desirable Ford Escort Twin-Cam, H&H's 1968 example securing £33k.
The next sale of collectors’ cars, motorcycles and automobilia will be held at the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton on 20 July, currently headlined by a striking 1937 Alvis 4.3 Litre Tourer.