Duxford Delights







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: March 15, 2012
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H&H has already consigned a fine array of classics for its April sale

H&H Classics Ltd’s first auction in the stunning AirSpace building of the Imperial War Museum, Duxford (21/9/11), was a memorable £3million sale - small wonder then that the company is returning there twice in 2012; on April 19 and October 4.

1970 Mercedes-Benz

Entries for the April 19 auction (the first of the company’s newly-announced ‘Specialist’ Sales) have been rolling in thick and fast, and a fine array of collectors’ cars and motorcycles has been consigned, including:

  • Two Mercedes-Benz Cabriolets:
    • A stunning, high specification 1970 280SE 3.5, only 68 righthand drive examples of which were ever made: arguably the most desirable post-war Benz model aside of the mighty 300SL
    • An example of the much vaunted 160bhp 300SE
  • Three Rolls-Royces:
    • An ultra-rare (13 made) 1966 Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupe in concours condition
    • A one owner 1963 Silver Cloud III James Young LWB SCT100 – the model generally known as the ‘Baby Phantom’
    • A 1924 20hp Tourer sourced by renowned Rolls-Royce historian and author John Fasal, and in the care of W O Bentley’s step-grandson since 1986
  • Four Jaguars:
    • A very sharp, home market 1950 XK120 Roadster
    • A very pretty and apparently original 3.5-litre MKV Drophead Coupe
    • A recently restored 1961 flat-floor E-Type Roadster
    • A Series 3 E-Type Roadster restored over 10 years at a cost of £70,000
  • A genuine 38,800 mile Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2 Vantage that’s remained within the same family since new
  • One of the very rare (only seven known survivors) Lagonda 2-Litre Continental Tourers from 1932 – a mechanically well sorted example
  • Two Jensen Interceptor MK3s – one with a guaranteed 12,000 miles from new
  • Two delightful Le Mans-type Singers, including the highly original ‘Savoye Special’ that was a four-time competitor at La Sarthe and a 1938 class winner there
  • A time warp, one-owner 1982 DeLorean that was used in the promotion of the film Back to the Future, yet has still covered just 326 miles from new

The motorcycle selection includes the 36-strong Roger Banks collection

1982 DeLorean

Former motor trader Roger Banks retired to Spain in 1978 but, as entrepreneurs do, started another business – this time in boat maintenance. It was sufficiently successful to fund his passion for collecting and restoring motorcycles (for use rather than show), some of which he is now selling to make room for new ones! Among the highlights are:

  • A 1915 Royal Enfield 8hp Combination
  • 1937 Ariel Square Four
  • 1932 BSA Blue Star

Other machines already consigned include:

  • A 1939 Brough Superior SS80 that featured in a 2002 edition of Classic Bike Guide – H&H holds the world record for an SS100 at auction of £286,000
  • A 1952 LEF 125cc
  • A 1951 Vincent Rapide Series C – an unmolested example showing just 67,000 miles from new