H&H Break World Talbot And Lagonda Records In Memorable £Million-Plus End Of Year Sale

1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Tourer

1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Tourer

H&H ended their best year to date by setting two new world sale records at a well-attended Buxton auction yesterday (November 22nd), whilst obtaining notable prices for many of the other lots on offer.

Applause erupted as auctioneer Simon Hope brought the hammer down on the 1931 Talbot 105 Fox & Nicholl Team Car at £308,000. This was way above the estimate for this famous racer (generally known by its registration number, 'GO 54'), whose many successful exploits include third place overall in the 1932 Le Mans race in the hands of Hon. Brian Lewis and Tim Rose Richards.

Lagondas have become something of a house speciality since H&H created a new world record for one of the M45 Le Mans team cars last year. Yesterday they smashed the record for 2-litre models by achieving no less than £83,600 for the stunning 1930 Supercharged Tourer on offer. A timewarp car down to its original sidescreens, 'GK 8901' attracted a great many bids both via the saleroom and the telephone and was another car to win applause as the gavel fell. The 1933 3-litre Open Tourer made £44,000.

The Wilkinson-bodied 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Tourer was on the money at over £69,000, as was the Park Ward-clothed 1928 20hp Landaulette. The equally eye-catching Lancia Lambda Series VIII Tourer of the same year, however, made way over estimate at a tad under £38,000 while the supremely elegant Park Ward-bodied 1950 Bentley MKVI Drophead Coupe sold for just over £45,000.

The beautifully presented 1930 Austin 16/6 Four-Seat Open Tourer found a new home for a touch over £11,000, while the oldest car in the sale, a 1912 Swift Open Two Seater, faired rather better than expected at over £8,000. The unique 1962 Triumph 'Zest' Prototype was knocked down for just over £23,000 while a timewarp VW Beetle (with just 26,700 recorded miles) will guarantee many years of cheap motoring for £4,500.

Unmolested Jaguar E-Types are hard to find these days and there was great interest in the 4.2-Litre Fixed Head Coupe, in need of restoration but with only 53,543 covered from new. After much excitement it was knocked down for a little over £11,000.

A model result for automobilia

Like the car sale, the previous day's automobilia auction was both well attended and highly effective, with nearly all the major items selling for good prices. Notable among them were: H J Mulliner's styling model for the Bentley Continental Flying Spur - £3,000; the large Caltex double sided enamel garage sign - £2,750; the 1923 Michelin garage sign - £2,750; the petrol-powered ERA child's car - £1,625; the bound run of VSCC Bulletins, including some rare pre-war ones - £1,125.

The next H&H motorcycle, cycle and motobilia sale will be at Shepton Mallet on February 11, 2007, while the next car and automobilia auction will be at Cheltenham on March 1, 2007.

14 November 2006 Staff

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