The late Chris Lawrence's 1962 Le Mans class-winning Morgan has been sold post-sale for £120,000 after failing to shift on the night at Silverstone Auctions' recent Walter Hayes sale.The 1961 Morgan+4 was the headline lot at the Silverstone circuit-based auction last Friday, but the top bid of £88,000 fell short of the car’s reserve. The LawrenceTune-prepared model – which boasts competition history at Goodwood, Monza, Spa and the Nürburgring – had been expected to sell for £125-165,000 but the lack of the Morgan’s original registration number from its Le Mans days may have deterred bidders.
Chassis 4840 was registered TOK 258 – a number that Lawrence had used on his 1956 +4 – for Le Mans but was subsequently re-registered JHX 142B after Lawrence sold the car a year after Le Mans, subject to him retaining its TOK 258 reg number. That was later re-united with Lawrence’s earlier +4, a car that conitnued to rack up its own competition history under the wel-known 'TOK' identity.
“While the Morgan wasn’t sold at auction it did attract a lot of attention and create a real stir. We’ve been kept busy fielding enquiries for it and other models following the event,” said Silverstone Auctions boss, Nick Whale.It was one of eight lots (of the 63 offered) to sell post-sale, upping gross takings to £1.23m, with 36 cars sold.One of the other Lawrence lots, the twin-engined 1963 Deep Sanderson DS 105 (CS&C February 2010), which had been entered without reserve but failed to attract a bid on the day, remains unsold.See Silverstone Auctions for more.