Pussy Galore Helps H&H To New Sales Record

1 March 2005 Staff
E-Type Jaguar ‘Cut 7’ fetches a whisker under £300,000

H&H Classic Auctions’ two sales at last weekend’s (February 25/26/27) International Historic Motorshow, Stoneleigh Park, Warks, netted £1.6 million - a new record for this burgeoning sale house.

The star car lot, one of many ‘big cats’ to find new homes at this sale, was ‘CUT 7’, the famous ex-Dick Protheroe 1961 Jaguar E-Type Coupe. After strong bidding on the phone and from the packed floor, the hammer fell at £295,625, which is believed to be the highest price paid to date for a steel-bodied Jaguar E-Type.

A ‘barn find’ two owner Jaguar XK 150S Drophead Coupe with the registration number S150 drew enormous interest and eventually sold for £44,075 - well over its top estimate.

Many other lots topped their estimates, including such road cars as: a mint 1969 Shelby Mustang (£39,775); a replica C-Type Jaguar (£19,350) and a 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS (£17,200). Most of the exciting array of competition cars made good money too, not least the stunning 1989 Alucraft Porsche 962 that fetched £150,500. At the other end of the scale, a 1952 MK6 Cooper Jap from the motorcycle-engined F3 era made way over estimate at £17,738, while the well-known ‘Cooper-Buick' (a 1958 Type 45 Cooper), these days in need of some TLC, made £31,713.

The 2004 ‘Children In Need’ Honda FR-V that carries the signatures of countless celebrities, from Elton John to Shania Twain and Amanda Holden to Tony Blackburn, fetched £12,363.

The automobilia auction was also a memorable performance, with sales a staggering 59% up on those of the equivalent event last year. Among the numerous lots to way outstrip their estimates were: a unique photo album of the first two BRM racers (£1760); an AA garage lightbox (£660) and a charming six-person Coracle picnic set (£1430).

The many Brooklands members’ badges proved popular, with a set from 1913 making some three times their estimate at £715. The stunning 2m long Jaguar XJR6 and XJR9 promotional models made £2750 and £1980 respectively. All 3000 items of the Queiroz model collection were sold on the day.

Said H&H’s Managing Director and auctioneer Simon Hope, "Both sales were packed to the gunwales and the results prove that the right people were in attendance. We were delighted with the venue and the result and will be back next year."


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