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Aston Martin DB6 Vantage leads Bonhams’ Bicester Heritage auction

The annual UK sale achieved $3.288 million for mostly British luxury cars and one Superbird

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A rare 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Vantage, one of only 46 fuel-injected examples, led the top sales at Bonhams MPH December Sale at Bicester Heritage, UK, selling above its top estimate for £213,750 ($282,727). 

The final 2021 auction for Bonhams Motoring, the sale achieved an 81 percent sales rate and a total of more than £2.486 million ($3.288 million) with 107 collector vehicles offered.  Sales results include buyer fees.  

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The 1964 Rolls is styled in the fashion of the Bentley Continental

With mainly luxury cars on tap, the second-highest sale for Bonhams was for a 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III saloon (sedan in US parlance) with a rare coachbuilt Bentley Continental-style body, which sailed past top estimate to sell for £129,375 ($171,124).

In the third and fourth top-sale position were two 1967 Aston Martin DB6 M1 sports saloons, each of which sold for an identical £95,625 ($126,483).

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The Plymouth Superbird was an outlier at the British sale

In fifth place at Bonhams was something completely different. From the US, a 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner Superbird with its aerodynamic nose and towering wing developed for NASCAR racing, and believed to be one of just four in the UK, sold for £91,000 ($120,370).

An antique with Indian royalty connections, a 1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp open tourer formerly owned by the Maharajah of Burdwan, was sixth, selling for £81,000 ($107,140). 

The other four cars comprising the top 10 sales at Bonhams were:

A 1934 Lagonda LM445 ST34 “Silent Travel” pillarless saloon, sold for £75,375 ($99,798)

A 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL coupe, for £67,500 ($89,282)

A 1954 Lagonda 3.0-liter three-position drophead coupe, for £67,500 ($89,282).

A 1972 Aston Martin V8 Series 3 sports saloon, for £56,250 ($74,402)

(All results include auction fees)

 “This was a fantastic finish to the year for Bonhams MPH, as we achieved our highest total at Bicester Heritage, with four out of every five cars selling,” Rob Hubbard, head of Bonhams MPH, said a news release. “Despite the cold, the saleroom was busy with bidders, who were kept on their toes by competition from absentee and online bidders.”

Bonhams Motoring’s next auction takes place in Scottsdale, Arizona, on January 27, 2022, during Arizona Auction Week.

For information, visit the Bonhams website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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