Lost Benz hammers estimate at Anglia Car Auctions

| 24 Jun 2013

An astonishing £81,900 was paid for a 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL at ACA’s 22 June sale in King’s Lynn after a flourish of international interest.

The car had been in storage since 1983 and had been expected to make just £25-35,000.

The Pagoda has had only two owners from new, with just 39,000 miles recorded, and was discovered hidden in a garage, covered in an inch of dust.

As can be expected there were bargains to be had, too, with a £1450 1983 TVR Tasmin 280i looking particularly tempting.

It has only 60,000 on the clock, but needs seatbelts and a handbrake cable to pass its MoT.

Meanwhile another TVR – a 1988 S with a year’s MoT and showing just 48,000 miles – made £2800.

Modern classics included an 1992 Peugeot 205 GTI automatic (£3900) and a 1997 Renault Sport Spider (£16,000).

The second highest priced lot – a 1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I – came close to doubling its pre-sale estimate, making £40,950.

It was restored before going into storage for 12 years. The six-owner car has 73,000 miles on the clock and had been recommissioned.

A Porsche 911 2.2T also bettered its guide price to make £32,025 against an upper estimate of £18k.

Other lots to find new homes included a Mercedes-Benz 250SL (£34,125) a barn-find BMW 1602 (£6090) and a Series 2 Jaguar E-type roadster (£42,000).

More than 70% of the 147 entries sold on Saturday to generate a sale total of over £800,000.

The remaining results will be published on the auction house’s website later today.