Records Tumble At H&H's £2.1 Million Syon Park Sale

1935 Auburn 851SC Boat-Tail Speedster


Stunning Auburn Speedster alone makes almost £200,000

H&H’s inaugural Syon Park sale (October 3) was always destined to be special. At its heart was the superb 60-car Van Dijk collection. Another 20 fine motorcars were added from other sources to create a memorable auction of 83 lots.

The gem amongst an abundance of riches was the yellow 1935 Auburn 851SC Boat-Tail Speedster and a hush fell over the auditorium as the bidding shot past the top estimate of £100,000 and on to a new European and UK record for such a model of £193,500 (including buyers’ premium).

The equally-stunning two-tone red 1931 V12 Cadillac Fleetwood Sports Roadster performed similarly, fetching £104,275 against an estimate of £70,000-£90,000. Likewise the eye-catching black 1937 Cord 812SC Convertible Coupe, once the property of Chris Cord, the grandson of the company’s founder E L Cord, which found a new home for £118,250 against an estimate of £70,000-£90,000.

It was not only the rare Americana that made good money either. For example a tidy 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage exceeded expectations at £47,300, as did a most striking black/black 1959 DB MKIII Convertible, which was knocked down for £70,950. A very pretty red 1955 Jaguar XK120 Roadster drew £40,850 against an estimate of £25,000-£30,000. And so it went on!

Key items from the automobilia sale were equally successful. For example: a delightful ‘vintage Bentley’ pedal car made £3,850 while a well-restored example of the perennial Austin J40 fetched £2,200. A pretty pre-war Exide Lightbox went for £2,860, while a bound run of Motor Sport magazines found a new home for £1,595: some three times their estimate.

Said H&H’s Managing Director, Simon Hope, "Including automobilia, the sale totalled £2.1 million - a new house record - and we attracted buyers from America, Europe, Asia: indeed all over the world.

"It is true that we had a splendid selection of cars to sell, but many were LHD or untypical of the UK market. Under the circumstances, we were very pleased with the sale (only our second in the London area): also the venue, with the pleasant environment, easy access and generous parking all prompting very positive comments from our clients."

7 October 2005 Staff

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