H&H auction posts 77 percent sell-through

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Early E-type sells for $147,450 to top British auctions | H&H Auctions photos

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.

One-owner, low-mileage Mini

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.

One-off Bentley wagon
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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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