Garage-find Rolls-Royce collection fuels bidding fever at Duxford


Rolls-Royce enthusiasts packed H&H’s Duxford auction on 16 October when an amazing collection of cars and spares were cleared from a mystery deceased estate.

Highlight of the shabby hoard was a 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental (above) which doubled its estimate at £62.720.

The handsome Park Ward-bodied Touring Saloon had appeared in the film Red Shoes, and although last MOTd in 1996, now needs a full restoration after poor storage in recent years. The next lot, a similar restored car formerly owned by speed-king Hubert Scott-Paine failed to find a new home. 

Among the other ‘no reserve’ restoration projects was a very sad looking 1935 Bentley 31/2-litre Sports Saloon that took £24,640 (two above), and a wonderful 1928 Rolls 20hp with rare Weymann saloon bodywork by Hooper &Co (above). With original interior, this fine machine was ripe for Pebble Beach’s Preservation Class and well bought at £30,240.

Top price of £308,000 went to a 1956 Bentley S1 Continental Fastback, but a more impressive result was th £190,400 raised for a cherished 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage bizarrely ordered in Bahama Yellow.

Even so, it was a highly original 1965 Jaguar E-type 4.2 Roadster that was the talk of the sale. Finished in stylish Silica Sand metallic with original red leather trim, this 42,702 miler blew its estimate with a staggering top bid of £100,800. 

A strong selection of pre-war cars included a 1926 Fronty-Ford single-seater modelled on Alfred Moss’ racer  that looked good value at £17,920 (two above); a tatty but sweet running 1932 Morris Cowley ‘Doctor’s Coupe’ for £7,840 (above); and a fine  looking 1935 Lagonda Rapier Special, last raced in 1998, that took £49,280 (below). 

Two of the ugliest cars on offer found new homes, the 1999 Motorshow AC Aceca, the first of three built, made £11,300 (above), while the outrageous 2005 Mercedes-Benz AG Excalibur (below) went for £30,510.

For preview stories with more info on some of the individual lots click here and for more on the discovery of the Rolls-Royce collection click here.

H&H’s next sale is at Buxton, Derbyshire on 30 October. Click here for details. 

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