Snip­pets, nips and tucks

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Auction News -

The 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evo­lu­tion II that sold for an ap­plauded auc­tion record of £292,500 in­clud­ing pre­mium dur­ing the Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions Satur­day sale at Race Retro (page 19) had come to mar­ket via Ger­many, Guernsey and New Zealand own­er­ship with just 2772km on the odome­ter. Very keen tele­phone and on­line com­pe­ti­tion from all over the world for the rolling as­set, which was one of only 502 pro­duced in Stuttgart, re­sulted in the ho­molo­ga­tion spe­cial fetch­ing more than dou­ble the £140,000+ pre-sale es­ti­mate.

By close of play, 53 street-le­gal clas­sics, 655% of the 81 of­fered at Stoneleigh, had sold for a pre­mium-in­clu­sive £4.25m, an av­er­age of £80,175 per road car be­ing spent by a global au­di­ence. While an av­er­age of £36,808 with the charges was handed over for 15 com­pe­ti­tion­spec cars, which sold for an ad­di­tional £552,120 with pre­mium. The three-day sale to­tal for cars there­fore amounted to £4.8m, with au­to­mo­bilia and life­style items £4.9m, £1.5m up on last year.

Ear­lier in one of the busiest col­lec­tor ve­hi­cle auc­tion weeks on the UK cal­en­dar, there be­ing seven sales in six days, Barons at Sandown Park (in brief, above) sold a 1955 Tri­umph TR2 with TR3 grille that had once be­longed to TR guru and au­thor Bill Pig­gott. Part-re­stored 2012/14, and with use­ful up­grades in­clud­ing rack and pin­ion steer­ing and front disc brakes con­ver­sion, ‘VWB 919’ cost the next owner £20,350 with pre­mium.

The £186,810 re­sults should have been headed by the 1928 Rolls-Royce 20hp ‘BX 99’, which co-starred with Alec Guin­ness in the To Paris With Love movie. To com­ply with the wishes of the post-sale pur­chaser of the car how­ever, the price paid has not been re­vealed and what must re­main a con­fi­den­tial trans­ac­tion and can­not there­fore be in­cluded in the pub­lished stats for the pub­lic auc­tion, which show that 33 or 53% of the 62 clas­sics in the cat­a­logue sold for £186,810 with pre­mium, pun­ters at the Sur­rey race­course spend­ing an av­er­age of £5661 per car.

The next day in ‘The En­gine Room’ Ex­hi­bi­tions Cen­tre be­side the Don­ing­ton Park rac­ing cir­cuit in the East Mid­lands, Tri­umph sportscars topped the H&H price list. £22,400 was paid for a 1959 TR3A that had been repa­tri­ated from the US in 2005 and con­verted to rhd dur­ing restora­tion com­pleted in 2007, and £20,720 bought a 1965 home mar­ket TR4A IRS that had also been ex­ten­sively re­stored dur­ing a 32 year pre­vi­ous own­er­ship.

Richard Hud­son-Evans has been re­port­ing on clas­sic car sales for more than 25 years.

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