Jensen and Jaguar also exceed expectations
Buxton yesterday (July 5) retained its reputation for delivering different weather to the rest of the UK by allowing the well-attended H&H collectors’ car sale to progress in mostly dry, sunny conditions.
The results were equally bright, with the headline car, the ex-John Anstis 1957 AC Ace Bristol, exceeding expectations by a good margin to return £151,200 and 70 per cent of the 65 lots finding new homes – a rewardingly healthy margin in the current economic climate.
The formerly LHD 1963 E-Type 3.8 Roadster that had been meticulously rejuvenated by noted Jaguar restorer Laurence Dyas managed an estimate-topping £64,960, while the very pretty 1967 Austin Healey 3000 MKIII which had benefited from an extensive refurbishment by Yorkshire Restorations was knocked down for £40,320. Another memorable result was the £39,200 required to purchase the delectable 1965 Jensen C-V8 MKIII – it was very nearly double the lower estimate and too much for the poor collector who had travelled all the way from Italy with the sole purpose of acquiring the car.
Auctioneer Simon Hope was in fine form, teasing the last penny from some of the entries as only he can – eg bidding for the 1933 Talbot AX65 was progressed much of the way in increments of just £100 to achieve a higher than imagined £8,701. Despite the healthy attendances H&H regularly achieves for these popular Buxton sales, an increasing number of bids are made via the internet these days and this option proved notably popular for this sale, during which a number of potential buyers were travelling to the Le Mans Classic.
H&H now moves south for its two August auctions – the company’s inaugural Coupés & Cabriolets sale at Donnington Priory on August 8 and the first of its ‘Open’ sales (complete with American-style ‘rolling’ auctions) as part of the Coventry Festival of Motoring, Stoneleigh Park on the weekend of August 25/26.