It may not have been the most expensive car at Silverstone Auctions' final outing of the year, The Walter Hayes Sale, but the buzz-car was definitely the ex-Chris Lawrence 1974 Monica, the late Lawrence's own creation. Being sold without reserve, there was frenzied bidding for the Monica before the hammer came down at £50k (£55,000 including fees and commissions).
Surprisingly, there were no bids for another ex-Lawrence lot – the unique 1963 Deep Sanderson DS105 Twinny – but Silverstone Auctions still achieved a declared 62% sale rate and a £1.4million total on Friday, with a further £215,000 of post-sale deals the following day.
It was only the second classic car outing for the company and boss Nick Whale was delighted with the results. He said: "We are very pleased with the levels of interest and attendance at the sale. With such an appealing and exquisite collection of cars, it comes as little surprise that bidding was very competitive on a number of lots."
Top-seller was a 1969 AC 428 Coupe manual (lot 136). Believed to be one of only six manual examples manufactured, the car fetched £124,000, well over its guide price of £85-100,000.
A number of rare Jaguar’s were sold, among them a right hand drive 1958 Jaguar XK 150 S 3.4 Roadster (lot 128), one of only nine home market examples manufactured that year, it accrued £96,000.
Lot 137, a stunning 1952 Jaguar XK120 Fixhead Coupe fetched £81,400. And a 1961 Jaguar Mk IX (lot 144) sold for £35,700, more than £10,000 higher than guide.
Whale added: "The Walter Hayes Sale was a fantastic conclusion to our first year of auctions. With two classic car sales now under our belt, we look forward to pressing on in 2012, broadening our horizons and continuing to deliver some of the finest cars in the market."
Silverstone Auctions’ next sale, the Race Retro Classic Car Sale, will be held on Saturday 25th February 2012 at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire. For further information click here.