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
Jensen Interceptor MKI (OOK – ’68) - Tens of thousands spent in 2016/2017 - Re-trimmed interior - New 17″ Wheels and tyres all round - New adjustable Spax shock absorbers - Up-rated cooling system - Up-rated alternator - High torque starter motor - Reconditioned carburettor - New exhaust system - Headlamp Upgrade - Various re-wiring - 3,000 Mile/3 Month warranty*
Jensen Interceptor MKIII (JFT – ’74) - Tens of thousands spent in 2015/2016 - New 17″ Wheels and tyres - Up-rated aluminium brakes - Up-rated cooling system - Up-rated alternator - New adjustable shock absorbers - New rear leaf springs - Engine rebuild, unleaded conversion - Refurbished carburettor - New rear wheel bearings - High torque starter motor - Electric sun
Jensen Interceptor MKIII (URD – ’74) - Full repaint in June 2017 by Cropredy - Mechanical overhaul in June 2017 by Cropredy - Replaced bushes, ball joints and bearings - Fully reconditioned steering rack - Upgraded new starter motor - Up-rated cooling system – high capacity new fans - Up-rated new alternator - Electronic Edelbrock carburettor - Aluminium inlet manifold
This stunning Plymouth Sport Fury has a 440 block that has been transformed into a 505 CID Wedge. The 505 Wedge has been bored to 4.350 and stroked to 4.250 with an 11:1 compression ratio. Coupled to this engine is a smooth Chrysler four speed manual transmission that connects to the 8 ¾ rear end with factory 3:73 gears. The interior in this beast is as gorgeous as the outside. The dashboard is b