Lagonda 3 Litre is top seller at Buxton

| 14 Nov 2012

A 1955 Lagonda 3 Litre drophead coupé that made £38,640 topped the results at H&H's penultimate home fixture of the year at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton.

The Feltham-built cruiser just pipped a 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 saloon with Windovers coachwork that finished at £37,520.

While a few lots were withdrawn and several more failed to sell, those that did shift offered an even mix of bargains for buyers and good returns for sellers.

A good-looking right-hand-drive manual Triumph-engined Stag with an older restoration made just £3360, less than a quarter of the price paid for a very-low-mileage highly original 1974 example in the same sale.

If you like your GTs thirstier but faster, there was a tempting sub-100,000-mile 1989 Porsche 928 S4 offering exceptional value at £4592. The car has been in 'controlled storage' since 2007 and was offered with no reserve.

Going against the 'sell in spring' mantra, there was a series of good returns for sellers on a range of sports cars.

Even though Lotus Elan prices have been moving upwards rapidly, a pair of marque experts who looked over the 1972 fixed-head Sprint reckoned that £14,250 was strong money for a usable car with much still to be done.

Similarly, the £24,640 accrued for a 1959 MGA Twin Cam roadster was boosted by being a right-hand-drive home-market car, which cancelled out some engine issues.

A 1952 MG TD made just £600 more, which looks like very good value in the current climate. As did the £24,080 paid for an 'on the button' 1971 V12 E-type Roadster and the £5936 taken for a 1973 TR6.

Bargain of the sale was a beige-on-beige 1966 Vauxhall Viva HA90 Deluxe that made just £880 despite being a timewarp example in need of recommissioning.

Also looking extremely good value was the 1967 Mustang 289 Convertible that came in at £13,440 despite wearing a full MoT.

Selling well was a 1948 Morris Minor, the price for the splittie being boosted to nearly £10k by the fact that it was from the first year of production yet remained largely original.

Likewise, the near £5k paid for a fully restored 1975 MG Midget 1500 was a very good result for the auction house.

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