Gullwing soars over estimate in Duxford

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A 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL cleared its £500-600,000 estimate to sell for £672,000 at H&H’s Imperial War Museum sale yesterday.

The car spent much of its life in the US before it was repatriated to Germany in 1987, and then brought to the UK in ’99.

Second-highest price went to a 1956 AC Aceca-Bristol that sold for £95,200.

It came with a detailed history and benefited from a rear suspension overhaul and the installation of overdrive in 2004.

Making £75,040, a 1972 Porsche 911S 2.4 had been treated to a glass-out respray and an engine overhaul in 2012.

Americana was a big feature with a 1950 Chrysler Town & Country Newport Coupe making £28,000, while a two-door 1946 Pontiac Streamliner made £16,950 and a 1965 Ford Thunderbird Special Landau (above) looked a steal for £5367.

Proving that condition is king was a 1964 Austin Mini Cooper ‘S’ that sold for £25,200. It had been dry-stored for 25 years and was subject to a complete restoration from 2010-’11.

A 1965 model that had been campaigned in the European Historic Rally Championship went for £19,040.

Meanwhile, a 1963 Jensen C-V8 that was restored in 1973 and then again in 2011 went for £29,120. While a XJS, which had £5000 spent on its bodywork, offered a modern GT equivalent for a very reasonable £2240.

Other notable lots included a super-rare rotary-engined 1969 Mazda Luce R130 Coupé (£16,800), a 1989 Eltrans Mini-El (£1456) and a thoroughly original 1981 Vauxhall Cavalier (£2938).

Finally, two 1948 Vincent Black Lightning motorcycles went for a whopping £220k apiece.

See the full results on the H&H website.

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