Bonhams pulls in £3m at season closer

| 2 Dec 2011

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.

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