V12 Lagonda tops £200k at inaugural Chateau Impney sale

| 5 Dec 2013

Top-seller at H&H's Chateau Impney debut was an imposing V12 Lagonda that accrued a well-above-top-estimate £201,600.

With only a handful of classics sailing past top-estimate on the day, other impressive results included the £43,680 paid for a lovely 1948 HRG 1500, £35,280 for 1981 Maserati Merak SS and the ex-Robert Maxwell BMW 635CSi, which made a few pounds over £8000.

The 1957 Smith F2 single-seater's healthy £37,855 was boosted by its association with the venue and the news that a hillclimb revival is planned for Chateau Impney in 2015.

Proving that quality and condition are everything was the 1967 Mk2 Triumph Spitfire that, after feverish bidding from all quarters, sold for £15,680.

As ever barnfinds were selling well, with a 1975 Alfa Romeo 2000GTV that was last on the road in 2006 making £9184, while the ex-Dave Stewart Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud with James Young bodywork made £11,480.

One of the sweetest cars was an immaculate Rover P4 100 that was snapped up by the trade for £8736.

Best-value buys were a genuine LHD TR8 for £5600, a 1975 Peugeot 304 cabrio that came with a spares car (albeit an estate) for just £1150 and a Monte veteran 1961 Sunbeam Rapier that looked that it could soon be rallying again without too much effort, but made just under £2500.

Neither of the sale's biggest lots – the 1951 Aston Martin DB2 and David Ayre-built 1930 Bentley 6.5 Litre Team Car evocation – sold, bidding to £270,000 and £320,000 respectively.

If anyone in the world was wondering, the Lotus Elan +2 of C&SC's James Elliott sold for a bang-on low estimate £7000 on the hammer, meaning a £90 shy of high estimate £7910 all-in.

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Click here for our report on the other activities at Chateau Impney on 3-4 December.