105 cars sell in largest ever Brightwells sale
Over £1.4m changed hands in the third Brightwells auction held at Bicester Heritage this year
Auction specialists Brightwells held its largest ever sale at Bicester Heritage last week featuring 105 cars, collectively selling for more than £1.4 million.
The third Brightwells auction held at the former RAF base in 2017 resulted in 70 per cent of cars that went under the hammer passing into new ownership.
Pre-war lots proved the most successful, achieving an 87 per cent sales rate. Although it was a 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina – one of only 154 fibreglass-bodied cars made in right-hand-drive – that sold for the highest fee. The 51,500 mile example eventually passed for £134,200.
Brightwells consultant Matthew Parkin said: ‘We were delighted with both the entry and the sales result for what is in effect a brand-new venture for Brightwells. Bicester Heritage continues to draw in a new and enthusiastic crowd for us and we are well on the way to establishing our Bicester sales as a regular calendar fixture.’
‘Although we remain very good at dealing with sports and classic cars from the 1950s onwards, our experience and perhaps the location at Bicester Heritage has allowed us to build our strengths in the pre-war sector.’
Bids were received from across the globe, including Australia and Abu Dhabi, and covered nearly a century of motoring, stretching from a 1907 Rover 8 to a 2001 Mercedes AMG C32 estate.
Dan Geoghegan, the managing director of Bicester Heritage, said: 'A one-acre Second World War hangar seems the perfect environment for an auction with both the viewing and sales days packed with people. The buzz was very noticeable with excellent results accordingly.'
Classic Cars for Sale
DAX Cobra "Powered by Ford" This stunning Cobra was professionally built by Dave Brooks "DB Replicas" and correctly registered 01/01/2012 It has covered only 2631 miles with its one owner from new! Finished in stunning Imperial blue with white stripes Removable Le-mans hard top. Detailed with 3 x front air scoops, Chrome lifter jacks, Chrome mirrors, Stainless steel wipers, Smoked sun visors,
Spectacular, body-off-frame restoration Meticulous attention to detail including correct T3 headlights National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) Top Flight Award winner! Driven less than 3,000 miles since restoration Rare and desirable 1959 270hp “Dual-Quad” Roadster Original 283ci CU suffix code engine One of only 1,846 built Stunning color combination Documentation i
Spectacular, highly original condition Displaying only 52,240 actual miles! Rare and desirable 1986 911 Carrera Cabriolet One of only 1,986 built for the U.S. Numbers matching engine and transmission Largely original paint and interior Excellent documentation includes owner’s manual, Porsche Production Specifications Certificate, tool kit, original window sticker and more!
Wonderful condition Displaying only 62,193 actual miles! $8,500 service performed by Porsche less than 300 miles ago! Previous long-term family ownership (over 20 years) Rare and desirable 1985 911 Carrera Targa One of only 1,942 built for the U.S. Numbers matching engine & gearbox Stunning factory correct color combination Documentation includes owner’s manual, Porsche P