Auction Commentary: Richard Hudson-Evans

BMW 3.0CSL and Lamborghini Diablo both achieve £134,200 at Brooklands

Judging from the £134,200 performance of a sympathetically refreshed, 45-year-old BMW 3.0 ‘Coupe Sport Leicht’ in right-hand drive at Brooklands on Saturday, it's a model that would appear to still be appreciating.

The 1972 3.0 CSL had been pre-sale estimated by Historics to cost a successful shopper on the Mercedes-World mezzanine £95,000 to £125,000. Even a much more accessible M635CSi that had been driven fewer than 2800 miles per annum by only two former keepers since 1986 cost a new owner £31,350 with premium, £7350 more than the guide.

There were buyers for both the open-top Jaguar XK120s in the sale. A 1954 lefty that had come to auction via California and Finland before being in receipt of a £200,000 restoration in Germany realised £122,750, just over top estimate. Meanwhile, a 1954 in right-hand drive that had been extensively restored in the mid-1990s during BARC Chairman Michael Groves’ ownership, and which had patinated nicely since, fetched £100,100, within the forecast band suggested.

Only two out of four of the E-types in the auction sold however. A below estimate £111,100 was accepted for an ex-US and left-to-right-drive converted 1962 S1 3.8 Roadster in receipt of new paint, seals, carpets and ali dash panels. And an always-right 1968 Series 1½ 4.2 Roadster with all numbers matching just achieved estimate at £69,300.

A two owner 1958 XK150 RHD FHC that had started life in Malaya made £50,000, mid-estimate money.

Sharing the top step of the podium with the BMW 3.0 CSL, with an identical £134,200 result, was the right-hand drive 1994 Lamborghini Diablo VT 4WD, driven 13,622km by just the one owner that had been first registered in Italy before recent registration in the UK.

An Oregon-supplied 1999 Ferrari F355 F1 Spider with 5900 miles meanwhile realised £77,000 and a 1980 Ferrari 308GTSi left-hooker that had done 103,000 miles, most of them before storage, made £41,800, both within their guides.

Four more Ferraris failed to attract bidders who were prepared to meet the reserves. But a really well presented Alfa Romeo Montreal V8 in very 1973 AR601 Orange most deservedly sold for a more than top estimate £53,900.

With the sale being held in the largest multi-storey Mercedes-Benz showroom in the UK, it was no surprise that 27 Mercs had been consigned for this selling opportunity, a dozen of them being SL Roadsters that changed hands for a total of £330,000. A 1956 190SL treated to a respray and a re-trim was hammered away for £80,300, and a 1964 230SL Pagoda-top, estimated at £48,000-58,000, soared to an astral £77,000.

The only Aston Martin to sell was a still ‘as new’ 2016 Vanquish Volante at £104,000. A rare and bodily-renovated 1950 Riley RMC with 2½ ‘big four' engine meanwhile made a more than top estimate £52,800. An Isle of Wight-supplied 1964 Morris Mini Cooper 1275S Mk1 that claimed to have all its numbers and tags still matching sold for £40,700, forecast money.

Finally, a couple of Bentley valuations were higher than normal. For a 1997 Turbo R Long Wheelbase driven 13,035 miles by one chauffeur achieved £44,000, £16,000 more than had been forecast. A 1965 S3, whose standard steel coachwork would benefit from some attention sooner rather than later, clearly appealed to one bidder who was prepared to pay £37,400, which was £12,500 above the guide.

Before some post-sales had been concluded, 85 of the 131 classics had sold – including a sleigh from the 2014 Get Santa movie, picked up for £8800. The sale rate was therefore 65%, which has become circa the market norm during a time of the year that has become traditionally over-served with buying and selling opportunities at auction.

Another 143 collector cars will face the hammer test at Brightwells Leominster in Herefordshire ,Wednesday 29 November followed by another 27 vehicles in the DVCA tent beside Athelhampton House, not far from Dorchester in Dorset, Thursday 30. On Saturday 2 December, Classic Car Auctions will be offering 160 ‘Everyman Classics’ from 11am Saturday and, at Bonhams, 36 higher-value machines will be offered from 2.30pm in its New Bond Street salerooms in London’s West End.

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