Who needs Monaco?
Before the glitzy bi-annual Monaco sales’ rates dampened enthusiasm to consume classics without caution in the Eurozone, a 1962 E-type S1 3.8 Semi-Lightweight coupé did better Brightwells’ top estimate to sell for £123,200 with premium during an 82% sold afternoon in Herefordshire.
Parked right behind the Jag in the saleroom were a brace of show-winning Beetles, a 1967 1500 and a 1954 1200DL with oval rear window, into whose future £16,500 and £14,080 were invested. A second E-type S1 3.8 coupé from 1964, fully rebuilt with the near obligatory Coopercraft brakes upgrade only 4600 miles ago, also motored well, selling for £83,600. In such a Land Rover-inhabited county as this, a 1950 S1 80in that had not lost its soul through over-restoration ploughed really well to reach £31,350 with premium. And I also really liked a neat 1985 Jaguar XJ6 S3 Sovereign 4.2 auto in claret with Doeskin leather armchairs and 49,200 mileage, which certainly looked ready to serve the next key-holder well for £9460. By close of play, another very large crowd of fully taxed punters witnessed 136 of the 165 cars for sale sell for £1.7 million including premium.
On Sunday, I took a visit to the Bedford Autodrome, where Classics Central offered an overflowing unit of 73 classics and sold 42 or 60 per cent of them for £330,523 with premium.
Auctioneering principal Justin Lazic and team’s best sellers were a fender-less 1966 Alfa 1600