H&H Classic Auctions Ends Landmark Year With £800,000 Sale At Buxton

1927 Lombard AL3 GL/R Drophead Coupe


H&H has rounded off by far its most successful year to date with an £800,000 sale at Buxton - November 22/23.

A packed hall witnessed a fine selection of 91 collectors’ cars come under the hammer of H&H’s Managing Director Simon Hope. Of particular interest were the superbly presented Rolls-Royces of the Brian Brotherton Collection, the prince of which - a stunning grey and red 1927 Phantom I Open Tourer - made £62,350. The 1937 25/30 Landaulette fetched £40,850, and the 1930 Phantom II Sedanca De Ville and 1937 Phantom III Sports Saloon £39,775 apiece.

The sale had long since assumed something of a Rolls-Royce theme and the delightful cream and black 25/30 Sedanca De Ville from another source found a new home for £40,850, while the cream and brown 1932 20/25 Limousine drew £19,350. A Shadow and a Corniche also changed hands during this easy-flowing 3.5-hour auction.

The Lagonda of the same period rightly caused considerable interest. A 1932 2-litre supercharged low chassis fabric-bodied Tourer, it offered impeccable provenance, including participation in the 1939 RAC Rally. Resplendent in green with immaculate red interior, it sold for £58,050.

For a diminutive yellow two-seater, the 1927 Lombard AL3 GL/R Drophead Coupe certainly caused more than its share of excitement. Ably balancing nine telephone bids against considerable interest from within the sale room, Simon Hope eventually settled for £34, 950 - nearly three times the car’s estimate!

Among the competition cars finding new homes were: a fine-looking John Chatham-prepared 1966 Healey 3000 rally car (£30,100); a 1985 MG Metro 6R4 (£23,115) and a 1968 Morgan Plus 8 Racer (£18,275). Previously part of the Donington Collection, but a long way from being a competition car, the 1886 Benz Replica also fetched £18,275.

Child’s play for £2,200

The automobilia sale of the previous day was especially well attended and there was an undercurrent of excitement throughout the processing of no less than 550 lots.

The Bugatti Type 55 child’s car was on the money at £2,200, as were the Whisper, Bentley Winged B and Hispano Suiza Flying Stork mascots, that made £1,045, £660 and £1,045 respectively. The Guiseppe Farina winner’s medal from the 1953 German Grand Prix grossed £2,200. The biggest surprise was caused by the radiator grille from a Morgan Three-Wheeler, which fetched five times its estimate at £330.

The next H&H collectors’ car sale will be held at the Centaur Building, Cheltenham Racecourse on February 20/21 2006. The company’s first dedicated cycle/motorcycle auction will take place in conjunction with the Shepton Mallet Bike Show on February 11/12.

Further information on this and all other H&H sales can be found at www.classic-auctions.com

26 November 2005 Staff

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