Former C&SC feature Jag tops H&H sale

| 9 Dec 2011

A Jaguar XK120 that competed in the Alpine rally alongside Ian Appleyard’s NUB 120 led H&H’s sale on 7 December when it sold for £133,200.The 1951 two-seater, which had been predicted to make £120-150,000, was featured in C&SC March 2010 (below) before being unsuccessfully entered in H&H’s previous sale in October.

The Old English White sports car was one of 42 of the 81 cars offered at the Pavilion Gardens auction, which grossed £878,298.Other competition-related lots included a 1954 Kieft 1100 Sports Racer (below) boasting works history. It changed hands for £57,200, not far off the top of its £40-60,000 estimate, but H&H wasn’t able to shift another diminutive-engined racer: a 1955 Arnott 1100 Sports ‘Le Mans’ (estimate £50-60,000).

The sale-house fared better with its 1981 Vauxhall Chevette HSR Works Car (£60-70,000) that sold for £63,270.Other headline results included a 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage that was entered with a £90-120,000 guide price. One of eight Astons on offer, it crossed the block at £121,000 while a 1974 V8 just cracked its £38-45,000 prediction at £38,500.German fare did well with a couple of Mercedes-Benzes, a 1954 300 Saloon (below) and a show-winning 1964 300SE Cabriolet – that had been entered with £10-15,000 and £38-45,000 guide prices – found new homes at an impressive £27,500 and £57,200.

H&H had a trio of Lancias on offer, including a 1979 Lancia Gamma, that was entered without reserve, but with overheating problems which explains it’s £850 result, and a 1972 Lancia Fulvia Zagato Sport (below) that touched its upper estimate at £11,000.

More unusual was a 1956 GAZ 69 that made £2640, despite its £4-6000 guide price, and a 1981 De Lorean DMC12 (below, estimate £18-22,000) that changed hands for £17,760.

See H&H Buxton sale for more.