Cars the stars of auction bonanza
TWO electric cars from the early 1900s sold for a combined price of more than £78,000 as around 700 people attended the latest Historics at Brooklands auction.
Held on Saturday June 11 at Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, the auction generated a total of £3.08 million in sales from 136 classic car lots.
Highlights included the sale of a 1972 Lotus Plus 2 S – owned by ex-Formula One racing driver the late Ronnie Peterson – for £72,800, more than double the £28,000 to £35,000 guide price.
The Historics team said it was almost certainly a world record price for the make of car, adding that it would remain in the UK.
Among the more intriguing lots were two electric cars from the turn of the last century – the USA-built 1906 Pope Waverley Victoria Phaeton and 1907 Victor High Wheel Electric Runabout.
After enthusiastic bidding the 1906 Waverley sold for £44,800 and the 1907 Victor for £33,600.
Edward Bridger-Stille, Historics auction director, said: “We are thrilled at the great results from this, our 25th anniversary sale.
“It was also the highest attended sale since we held our first auction at Brooklands Museum in 2010, and the atmosphere was tremendous.
“The interest in classic car ownership continues to grow and we will be delighted to welcome owners, collectors and newcomers alike at our next major auction on Saturday August 20.”
Other lots of interest included a 1959 Elva Mk.III racing car, sold for £87,380, and a 1991 Ferrari Testarossa that went for £159,040.
While a 2003 BMW Z3M with 11,000 miles from new sold for £51,250, which the Historics team think is another possible world record price.
A 1951 Cooper 500 Mk V – Goodwood eligible.
This 1970 MG Midget sold for £10,920.
Edward Bridger-Stille, Historics auction director, at the wheel of a 1959 Elva Mk 111 Coventry Climax race car.
Under the hammer: This 1923 Le Monet-Goyon Tricycle.
A 1955 Ford Thunderbird Convertible sold for £38,640.
A 1967 E Type Jaguar: Yours for £39,200.
A 1974 Alfa Romeo GTA Evocazione.
The 1907 Victor High Wheel Electric Runabout.
A 2009 Ferrari Scuderia 16M.