Bonhams pulls in £3m at season closer

0

London sale-house Bonhams took £3m for 37 classics at its second annual Mercedes-Benz World sale on 1 December.

The takings were boosted by the £843,000 it collected for the ex-1955 Le Mans Austin-Healey 100S, but other strong earners were the estimate-busting 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that changed hands for £271,000 – against a £220-250,000 estimate – and a 1990 Ferrari F40 (below) that sold for £216,000.

The result on the Maranello icon was considered a bargain, bearing in mind its £250-300,000 guide price and the fact the car was rebuilt around a new Ferrari-supplied chassis just 200km ago.

Another Ferrari, a 1964 330GT 2+2 that was the first right-hand-drive car delivered to the UK, sold for £56,500 while a 1936 Railton Eight (below, estimate £50-60,000) made the same money.

Also strong among the pre-war lots was a Thrupp & Maberly-bodied 1937 Bentley 4¼ Litre All Weather Tourer that crossed the block at £135,700, but the sale-house struggled with its other Bentleys.

A 1929 4½ Litre Drophead coupé (below) failed to shift thanks to a top bid that was £30,000 below the car’s £400-450,000 estimate and the ex-Woolf Barnato, Brooklands Six Hours 1926 3 Litre Speed Model Tourer stalled at £230,000 – some way off Bonhams’ £300-320,000 prediction.

Also remaining in the same hands was the ex-Gilbert Tyrer 1937 Frazer-Nash BMW 328 that Bonhams offered at its marque sale in October. It remained unsold thanks to a top bid that was £45,0000 short of its £375-425,000 guide.

Bonhams had better luck with the 1998 Rover Mini Cooper that DJ and noted Ferrari collector Chris Evans snapped up for £8625 and a two-owners-from-new 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SL (below) that just broke its lower estimate at £10,350, while a rare (in manual form) 1968 Daimler V8-250 went to the trade for £14,950 – just £50 short of its top estimate.

See Bonhams for more.

Add your comment

  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <p> <br> <img>
  • You may quote other posts using [quote] tags.

More information about formatting options

You must be logged in to comment
Type the characters you see in this picture. (verify using audio)
Type the characters you see in the picture above; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.