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DB6s top the results at H&H’s inaugural Donnington Priory sale
Donnington Priory, the country home of H&H’s associate fine art company Dreweatts, provided a splendid backdrop for yesterday’s (August 8) summer sale of majestic metal. Bearing in mind H&H’s excellent record with Aston Martin DB6s, it was perhaps no surprise to find examples of this increasingly sought-after British classic heading the results.
Topping the table was a 1967 model whose component parts had once been divided between 14 tea chests but which was now resplendent in a new coat of California Sage Green paintwork and benefiting from a refurbished engine that had been upgraded to 4.2-litre specification. With just 700 miles covered since the completion of the aforementioned work, this ‘matching numbers’ Aston was knocked down for £164,640.
The second example could hardly have been more different, but nevertheless changed hands for £128,800 – a rather higher figure than expected. A rare MKI Vantage model (only 286 of which were reputedly made), it had been both Blue and White before acquiring its current Red suit of clothes during the 1970s. Coming to market for the first time in 38 years, its scruffy cosmetics, non-running engine and generous dust coating did little – if anything – to dampen bidding.
For many, the star lot was a left-hand drive 1948 Jaguar MKIV Drophead Coupe equipped with the desirable 3.5-Litre engine. Stunningly presented in Black Cherry complemented by a Tan interior it had been the subject of a body-off restoration in the 1990s at a total cost of some £130,000. An American concours award winner every year from 1991 to 1997 it was very much on the money at £80,640.
Other lots that performed beyond expectation included a rare ‘barn find’ Riley RMC 2.5 Litre that made £16,240 and a delightful c.1928 Austin Seven ‘Chummy’-style Pick-Up that changed hands for a not insignificant £13,440. Further information about this and other H&H sales can be found at handh.co.uk. The company’s next event, the first of its new ‘Open’ sales, takes place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire over the weekend of August 25/26 in conjunction with the Coventry Festival of Motoring.