Auc­tion View,

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - by Richard Hud­son-Evans

Brightwells held its de­but Ox­ford­shire sale in a tent in­side a WW2 hangar on the Bices­ter Her­itage site just off the M40 in what the Here­ford­shire firm per­ceived was an open point on the col­lec­tor ve­hi­cle auc­tion map. Twenty of the 60 en­tries were pre-war cars, which have be­come less fash­ion­able in re­cent years and, as a re­sult, sta­tis­ti­cally much more dif­fi­cult to shift on or off the clas­sic high street. But de­spite many of them be­ing too big to fit into most buy­ers’ stor­age fa­cil­i­ties, 17 of them found new own­ers at the sale and an un­prece­dented 85 per cent sales rate was achieved for the older stock.

The top priced old­timer, which also headed the af­ter­noon’s re­sults, was a ground-up re­stored 1923 Vaux­hall OD 23/60 King­ton Tourer with room in­side for up to six vin­tage nos­tal­gics. It sold for £71,500, mid-es­ti­mate money. A 1927 Sun­beam 25hp Tourer that had first served as a taxi and then as a break­down truck dur­ing hos­til­i­ties be­fore be­ing res­cued and re­in­stated to orig­i­nal form in the late 1960s was bagged by an East Anglian col­lec­tor for a way­over-es­ti­mate £44,900. The fu­ture of a ‘barn-fresh’ Wolse­ley Hor­net Spe­cial with body­work crafted in the Eus­tace Watkins work­shops in 1933, mean­while, was hotly con­tested un­til a de­ter­mined buyer se­cured it for an es­ti­mate­crack­ing £14,850.

Be­fore the auc­tion book had been fi­nally closed (and won’t be opened again at Bices­ter un­til 24 June dur­ing the Fly­wheel Fes­ti­val), a to­tal of 42 – or 70 per cent – of the en­try had been sold ‘live’ un­der the ham­mer or con­verted from pro­vi­sion­ally logged bids shortly af­ter­wards to bid­ders pay­ing in­voices in de­val­ued Ster­ling from as far afield as Canada, Dubai and Sin­ga­pore.

Brightwells’ in­au­gu­ral Bices­ter Her­itage sale – on a week­day at a lo­ca­tion be­side the M40 cor­ri­dor, let us not for­get – saw a pre­mi­u­min­clu­sive £953,315 be­ing in­vested by bid­ders and an av­er­age of £22,698 spent per clas­sic, 40 per cent of which were more than 79 years old.

‘Bid­ders paid in de­val­ued Ster­ling from as far afield as Canada, Dubai and Sin­ga­pore’

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