H&H Classics’ Buxton, United Kingom, auction sent 148 cars to their next owners this week with overall sales of £1.3 million ($1.662 million) and a 77 percent sell-through rate.
Leading the sales chart was a 1961 Jaguar E-type 3.8 flat-floor roadster that sold for £115,000 ($147,450). The car was an early production example — the 290th right-hand-drive roadster off the Browns Lane assembly line — and had been owned by the consignor’s family since 1992.
Among other highlights of the auction:
• A Mini, one of 2,000 produced in Cherry Red to celebrate the model’s 30th anniversary, and this one owned since new by the same woman, who had driven it only 4,000 miles, sold for £13,000 ($16,625).
• “Henrietta,” a 1926 Rolls-Royce 20hp Tourer with coachwork by Hooper, and with a fascinating history in both the UK and Malaysia, sold for £49,450 ($63,230).
• In perhaps the biggest surprise of the sale, a one-off 1983 Bentley Mulsanne Turbo shooting brake coachbuilt by Coway Ltd. sold for £35,650 ($45,585) when, as H&H put it, “a room bidder… vanquished internet and telephone competition (and) elicited a generous round of applause.”
The car was finished in Mustard over Claret and featured a pull-out awning, refrigerator, color-coded umbrellas and satellite navigation.