Mini doubles estimate and ex-Sheene Suzuki sells in Buxton

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A 1967 Mini Cooper ‘S’ that had been estimated to make £14-16,000 at H&H’s Pavilion Gardens sale made a whopping £29,400.

The price follows a trend of rising interest in Minis (not all of it welcome) and this appeared to be an excellent example, coming with receipts for £18,000.

Mini motoring could be had for a lot less, though, in the form of a clean-looking 1995 Rover Mini Sprite that made £2128.

As with the Cooper, a promotional 1979 Suzuki LJ80R, which had been gifted to motorcycling hero Barry Sheene, also made strong money, selling for well over its £7-9000 estimate for £14,560.

Going the opposite way (if we were using RM’s microcar sale as a yardstick) was, apparently, a 1961 Messerschmitt KR200 Cabriolet that earned £15,680.

Top sale was a closely fought battle between a 1929 Lagonda 2-Litre Low Chassis Speed Model Tourer and a 1935 Alvis Speed 20 SC Lancefield Drophead Coupé.

The former took the honours selling for £100,240, while the Alvis was close on its heels for £99,680.

An E30 BMW M3, which was a LHD German import looked tempting at £12,320.

Full results can be found on the auction house’s website.

H&H’s next sale will be held at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford.

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