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.
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).
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 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.