Astons, Fords and oddballs thrive but Ferraris suffer at Duxford sale

DB6 broke back through the £200k barrier at Duxford, Jowett Jupiter flew to more than £40k but only one Ferrari took off in the £3m H&H Duxford auction

An Aston Martin DB6 broke back through the £200,000 ceiling in the Imperial War Museum hangar at Duxford, where the 1966 manual example (above) was sold by H&H for £230,625 including premium during a sale that saw 60% of cars sold.

A 1974 Aston Martin V8 Series 3 with rare manual-shift and 32 old MOTs also raised £87,750, but the £80,000 or more sought for a 1934 Aston Martin 1½-Litre 12/50 Long Chassis Tourer was not forthcoming.

The highest priced Porsche to be hammered away to a new home at the Cambridgeshire airfield was a 1989 911 Carrera 3.2 Speedster (below). The Speedster, one of 64 C16s, had an unwarranted 16,500 mileage displayed and all factory-applied stickers still in place in the door jamb and under the bonnet. it sold for £112,500, within the estimate band. While three other Porsches in the sale also sold, two more did not.

The sole Ferrari to sell was a Testarossa. Driven just 22,200 miles from new in 1990, and one of just 101 in right-hand drive, the ‘Red Head’ with flat-12 amidships in Rosso with Black sold for £106,875, over £3000 below the lower estimate figure.

Seven other Prancing Horses in the H&H paddock meanwhile (including a 33,300 miles from new 1977 512BB headliner (guided at £240,000+), had to be transported back to their vendors' stables unsold, along with the 46 other cars that were still for sale in an auctioneers e-circular that hit the in-boxes of prospective buyers the following day.

The current over-supply of unexceptional Italian stallions, whose owners try but fail to cash in their over-reserved chips before the roulette wheel stops, is not only depressing demand, but (when they do sell), reduces their achieved prices too.

Incredibly, a Ford RS200 in the sale had covered only 4122 miles since new way back in 1986, when the regulation 200 Group B cars per manufacturer were being made to win, but were later banned by the FIA for being too dangerous for drivers and spectators.

Having never been subjected to a rally stage in anger and, preceded by a promo-video, the auction car was provisionally bid to £117,000 under the hammer and converted to a sale for a below estimate £132,000.

A Ford Lotus Cortina Mk1 still had all the correct period parts for a 1963 model, including some aluminium body panels, an alloy bellhousing and differential housing, and A-frame rear suspension. Runner-up at the Lotus Cortina National Rally at Stratford-Upon-Avon in 2017, 442 SJH had happily been spared competition-conversion, deservedly motoring to a more than top estimate £61,875 valuation by the next owner.

A Healey Warwick assembled 1951 Nash-Healey (below) bodied in aluminium by Panelcraft – the 17th of just 20 survivors known to the Nash-Healey Registry was one intriguing prospect. For Duncan Hamilton and Tony Rolt drove the prototype to fourth place overall at Le Mans in 1950.

With State of Missouri Certificate of Title, and retrospective Mille Miglia and Le Mans Classic potential, the Anglo-American resto project was auctioned without reserve, selling for a Mulsanne-sized £81,000.

Jowett Jupiter JGA 123 (below) started the Monte in 1951 but did not finish, though Bradford’s finest did come home 24th overall and eighth in class in the Dundrod TT, before recording a seventh place in a Sports Car Race at Silverstone in 1952.

Sixty-six years later, the Javelin-based 1486cc flat-four powered sports of the type that clocked up class wins at Le Mans in 1950, 1951 and 1952 was super-mint and well detailed, deservedly selling for £40,500.

And then an Elan... No, not actually a genuine Elan, but one of the convincing replicas (below) produced in kit form by marque specialists Christopher Neil of Northwich, Cheshire. Sales demonstrator chassis CN 0101 was reportedly hand-built on an S4 chassis by the late Neil Shepherdson (the Neil in Christopher Neil).

With original Ford 1.6 CVH engine retro-replaced by a 2.0 Zetec, the CN Sprint with five-speed box riding on Dunlop D1 alloys had been estimated at £16,000-20,000, but sold for £21,375.

By the end of the more than five hour sale, and after many of the provisional bids had been converted into changes of ownership during and after the sale, 90 of the 149 classics auctioned changed hands for £2,979,144 with premium, an average of £33,102 being spent per car.

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