The King's Caddy' Fetches 50% 0ver Estimate At H&H

1960 Cadillac Coupe DeVille


Ex-Works Healey Silverstone on the money at nearly £90,000

The massive 1960 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, once the property of the “King of Rock ‘n Roll”, Elvis Presley, had attracted enormous interest and BBC TV was on hand to see it sell for no less than 50% over estimate (nearly £23,000) at yesterday’s H&H sale in Buxton, Derbyshire. A total of 72% of the lots sold in this £750,000 sale.

This rhapsody in white and pink was one of several cars entered by the Yorkshire Car Collection, whose 1931 Alvis Beetleback Sports Tourer and iconic 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air also sold above their estimates at £22,000 and just over £7,600 respectively.

However, the star of the show was always going to be the 1949 Healey Silverstone once raced by the French ace Louis Chiron. Resplendent in metallic green, this ex-works machine was in fact the very first of only 105 such two-seater sports cars ever made. It sold at a whisker under its top estimate for £89,225.

Many pundits have long since felt that Derby Bentleys were undervalued, and all three in this sale surpassed their estimates. The black, 1937 4.25-litre example in need of restoration made just under £14,000, while the beautifully presented blue over white 1935 3.5-litre car was knocked down for £32,250.

Even that result was, however, eclipsed by that for the 1933 3.5-litre machine on offer. An ex-demonstrator and the first Derby Bentley ever registered, it was road tested by many eminent journalists and personalities of the day, including Sir Malcolm Campbell. This beautifully presented and remarkably original piece of automotive history eventually fetched just over £38,000.

A number of the other lots were equally memorable for their presentation, not least the 1955 white Jaguar XK140 SE Drophead Coupe which sailed past its top estimate to realise in excess of £48,000. The equally stunning 1964 early ’pull handle’ MGB seemed amazingly good value at just over £8,000. Another machine that caught the eye was the stunning 1982 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit with just 29,432 miles to its name. No wonder it achieved nearly 80% more than had been predicted!

Model Money

The previous day’s automobilia sale contained a number of gems among its 200 lots. The collection of Bugantics magazines - including a number of the rare Volume 1 issues - made nearly £1,000 against an estimate of £60-120. The superb 1/8 scale model of the Villeneuve Williams FW18R was on the money at £1,400 and the large metal model of the 1927 Sunbeam 1000hp World Land Speed Record car went for a tad under £800.

The next H&H car and automobilia sale will be at Kempton Park Racecourse on October 17/18, while the company’s next motorcycle, cycle and motobilia auction will be at the National Motorcycle Museum on November 4.

14 September 2006 Staff

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