Cars the stars of auc­tion bo­nanza

Staines Informer - - NEWS - Tom Smurth­waite

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.

Pic­tures: Jake Dar­ling. Ref: SA162316

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.

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