have just returned from England, where I attended three major auctions, and I am glad to say that the trend for top money for top cars continues, while poor cars struggle to be sold.
My first port of call was to Blenheim Palace, near Oxford, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and the venue for Salon Privé and Silverstone Auctions’ big sale. Silverstone offered 67 cars, and though some were passed in and the auctioneer was made to work pretty hard to move the large selection of Ferraris, Jaguars, and MercedesBenz, there were indeed some excellent results — including the 1959 Jaguar XK150 3.4 S drophead coupé that sold for £168K plus buyer’s premium. But it was one of the lesser lots that took my breath away. Lot 209 was a 1973 Citroën DS Super 5, which sold,
to my mind at any rate, for an incredible £68K on the hammer, meaning that the purchaser had spent nearly £80K by the time the buyer’s premium of 12.5 per cent plus VAT had been added. Do not get me wrong — this Citroën looked as close to perfect as it is possible to get, but it is still only a Citroën DS, and they did make nearly one-and-a-half million of them between 1955 and 1975. 33 different countries), particularly for Porsches, with a 1995 Porsche 911 GT2 going for a staggering £1.848M and a 1993 911 Turbo S Lightweight fetching almost a million pounds as well! These prices made the £2.408M spent on a 1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT look like mere peanuts. If the Porsche prices were high, then what about the sale of JJ Jardine-pattinson’s car? He told me that it had sat outside for the last 30 years and that it was being sold without reserve. This beautiful lump of rust — which had once been a 1967 Iso Grifo GL Series 1 by Bertone — sold for an amazing £128,800. It will be a lovely car once it is restored! hosted a splendid auction, with the runaway success of the sale being the £4,593,500 world-record price achieved for a 1956 Porsche 550. It was truly a beautiful little car, in very original condition, and some heavy bidding took place before auctioneer James Knight’s gavel fell. Other highlights included a Ferrari Dino at £300K and a 1962 flat-floor E-type Jag for a cool quarter of a million quid. In total, 70 per cent of the lots sold, for a grand total of £14.5M.