Chas­ing Cars

Why a mar­ket shakeup means it’s good news for the Jaguar SS100, plus su­per­cars on the slide

Classic Cars (UK) - - Contents -

It’s hard to know where the mar­ket is at the mo­ment, with sales rates vary­ing from SWVA’S 94.2% re­ported on last month down to the 51% RM Sotheby’s man­aged in Lon­don re­cently. And that num­ber was helped by of­fer­ing 28% of the cars at no re­serve. At Good­wood, Bon­hams bucked that grow­ing trend and of­fered only two cars with­out re­serves, pre­sent­ing its 61.1% sales rate in a bet­ter light.

There’s now lit­tle in­ter­est in low- or no-mile hy­per­cars, but it was sur­pris­ing to see that none of the four nice Bris­tols of­fered by a mar­que col­lec­tor found homes at the Re­vival sale. How­ever, the two pe­riod race trans­porters re­ally flew – £64,400 for the BMC one and £402,500 for the Fiat-bar­to­letti that ap­peared in the Steve Mc­queen Le Mans film. As well as the SS100 be­low right, it also did well with pre-war ma­chines from As­ton, Bent­ley, Bu­gatti and Rolls. The mar­ket is still in re­set mode since the in­vestors left the party to the en­thu­si­asts.

404 was one of four Bris­tols that failed to sell at Good­wood

Bon­hams’ Good­wood Re­vival sale was most no­table for not re­ly­ing on ‘no re­serve’ of­fer­ings to get the job done. Per­cent­ages re­late to the 113 ve­hi­cles of­fered.

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