Diamond deals shine among the highly priced rough at Bonhams


The magic word 'barnfind' proved as potent a wallet-opener as ever at Bonhams today as a much-hyped 1965 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 soared to £68,700, the price you would expect to pay for a nice running and road-legal example.

The well-travelled Pinin-styled Ferrari, which was last used in 2005, was sold as a potential recommission, suggesting the widely distributed moss-covered pictures exaggerated its deterioration, but those pictures – and subsequent press coverage – also helped push its value to an astonishing height considering immaculate dealer cars are less than 25% more.

The allure of wrecks – but looking rather better value – was backed up when a part-dismantled 1936 Park Ward-bodied Bentley 4 1/4 Sports Saloon with one owner for the past 45 years clocked up £13,570.

Boasting not only neglected status but also, potentially, a crucial war years build date, a 1945(ish) Volkswagen Type 82 Kubelwagen astonished when it sold for almost £22k including premium.

Similarly impressive was a 1926 AC Six Tourer that went for £13,225. Owned by the vendor since the early 1970s, it has been dry-stored for 30 years and was sold with no reserve.

There was healthy bidding on a whole range of working cars, too, with a 1950 Delahaye 135M with Guilloré coachwork second top seller at £55,200.

Third best was a very appealing 1933 MG Midget J2/J4 Sports that made just shy of £45k.

A pair of Rileys also impressed, a 1937 12/4 Sports making £28,750 and a 1937 Special selling for £2000 less.

The £20,700 paid for a super-low-mileage 1990 Jaguar XJ-S V12 Convertible reflected the car's status as a multiple concours winner.

While the 1975 Panther J72 at £22,425 was undoubtedly boosted by its mere 6574 miles and one-owner-from-new status.

It wasn't all about big money and estimate-busting results, however, and savvy bidders looked to have snapped up a few bargains.

A matching-numbers older-resto 1954 MG TF with MoT (£16,675) looked excellent value, as did a manual 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible at £19,262. 

Another MG, a ready-to-go 1956 MGA 1500 Roadster, was a potential snip at a fraction over £12k as was a 1964 TR4 Surrey Top at £8050. 

In terms of bangs for bucks, a (just) sub-£20k 1950 Allard P1 was extremely enticing, as was the £10.5k 1968 Mk1 Jensen FF, though there is work still to be done on the latter. 

Of course, our favourite lot was a little grey Fergie, a 1951 Ferguson TE20 tractor that sold for under £1500 including premium.

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