Some 80% over Estimate!
When the sun shines, there are few finer locations for a classic auction than H&H’s spiritual home of the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire and yesterday (June 8) it shone especially brightly on a certain red, 1985, right hand drive Audi Sport Quattro. This very clean example of a model currently celebrating its 20th anniversary was eventually knocked down for £43,000 - nearly 80% over the estimate! Existing owners of these exciting cars might do well to check their insurance valuations!
A Denis Welch prepared 1961 MK II Healey 3000 rally car fetched £32,250, while a tidy MKIV Cobra of 1985 vintage made £35,200. E-Types continue to sell well and a cosseted red 1966 Roadster found a new home for just over £22,000 (even though it was converted from a Fixed-Head Coupe at some time in its life), while a 1972 V12 Roadster made a touch more at £24,725.
Every sale has an ‘unknown quantity’, and on this occasion it was a part restored 1934 Armstrong Siddeley Special Sports Saloon to be sold without reserve. This was eventually snapped up for £10,750.
New homes were found for 94% of the previous day’s 740 lots of automobilia. The six Malcolm Campbell scrapbooks made a total of £3,500, while the Donald Campbell Bluebird parachute made above estimate at £935. The total of the Campbell lots - £4,450 - will be donated towards the purchase of a specially converted minibus for a special needs school in Wiltshire.
Quality pedal cars are very much flavour of the month and the charming Bentley ‘Le Mans’ style machine in this sale changed hands for just over £3,000.Published 11 June 2005