Market: £43k Dart points to healthy haul for H&H at Buxton

Sharpest Daimler Dart flies to £43,313 in Derbyshire, while 2000-hour restored Ford Consul Capri GT makes £21k during 54 percent sell-through event

A 1960 Daimler SP250 was the H&H headliner at its return-to-roots sale in Buxton Spa.

Complete with hardtop and wires, it sold for £43,313 including premium. Having been upgraded from A to B-spec with servo-assisted discs all round, the Dart was also particularly sharp cosmetically, so its high-flying performance in Derbyshire on April 25, 2018 should not be too much of a surprise.

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Only just under the lower estimate with premium was a £39,375 1993 Vauxhall Lotus Carlton. As with all 134 classics in the sale, however, number 866 of the 950 Lotus Type 104 Vx Carlton and Opel Omega-branded GM Superloons had to be displayed in the Pavilion Gardens themselves, rather than inside the listed Octagon Theatre. After several years’ restoration, the building was still occupied by hard-hat-wearing contractors.

At least the auction itself – which was well attended in person as well as by invisible onliners – was conducted out of the Peak District weather. It took place inside a conference auditorium, and was well served by the usual coffee shop in the foyer.

While a 1955 MG TF 1500 with five-speed ’box failed to find the £30,000-34,000 required, a repaneled 1954 TF – an original UK RHD example with the XPAG 1250 – did sell for £30,938; £5000 more than forecast. A striped 1975 Midget 1275 with hardy aero-screens, but without sensible screen or bumpers, fetched a within-estimate £10,406.

A pre-The Professionals-era Ford Capri – a 1963 Consul GT model with the registration ‘337 NOD’ – went for £21,094. It had been in receipt of the proverbial ‘back to bare metal’ restoration, which had taken 2000 hours to perfect. That perhaps explains the high price paid by the next guardian – as may the fact that although Ford manufactured 2002 of these cars, only 38 further early Capri GT survivors are known to the DVLA.

Another Classic Ford mag feature car in the sale, the 1959 Anglia 100E ‘UXG 924’ known as Popplus, packed a Weber-fed Pinto 2-litre lump and such goodies as Escort front struts, disc brakes all round, twin tanks and electric power-steering. Auctioned Without Reserve, what could either be the coolest or most inappropriately modified 100E on the planet was worth £9788 to the buyer.

Much viewed in the Gardens was a 1973 Volvo P1800 ES with overdrive that had full ownership history and service records from new to support the 62,245 mileage displayed. Resprayed eight years ago, and one of 8078 made, the still shapely Swede seduced an admirer into parting with £8888.

I rated a 1992 Honda Beat as cute, even though £4000 or more being floated was unachieved, while a 1993 Honda NSX manual, a former RHD press car, also ran out of bids before the £36,000-plus guide suggested.

A 1972 Rover 2000SC cost a buyer more than predicted, though; the former Rover P6 Owners Club award winner that had last been restored with four new wings in 1998 fetched £7313 with premium.

Another surprise was the £3713 result of a rust-scabby 1967 Sunbeam Imp Sport that had come to auction from long-term storage. This was the 215th such Imp off the production line, though, and the recorded mileage was only 36,579.

By the end of the afternoon, 54 percent of the 134 lots in the auction house’s minimalist catalogue had sold. The 72 cars cost buyers £614,196 including 12.5 percent premium, and the average amount paid £8531.

However, 62 classics remained unsold, their cosmetic condition and likely mechanical state considered by potential buyers to be not good enough for their auctioneer-set lower estimates (reflecting vendors’ reserves). Auction cars that do not sell are usually too expensive for the condition they’re in, and at the guide prices published in the current market conditions.

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