Auction Report

Affordable Market Strong for H&H Classics

Buyers Gravitate Toward Post-War Europeans

Posted: November 23, 2016 9:00 am
by Matt DiVenere

H&H Classics held a two-day e-catalogue only auction this past weekend at Donington Park in the U.K. Splitting the motorcycle and the car auctions into separate days brought significantly different dockets with different types of buyers.

On the first day of the auction, motorcycles took the center stage, with one of the rarest superbikes crossing the block. A 1938 Vincent Rapide Series A, once owned by Alain de Cadenet, fell just shy of a new world record with a final hammer price of £267,696 (US $335,241). The current world record is £275,000 (US $344,348).

In addition to the Vincent, a 1934 Brough Superior Alpine hammered at £131,560. The two bikes combined to total nearly half of the £1,300,000 (US $1,628,020) in motorcycle sales.

The next day, on the car side of the auction, the docket was filled with affordable post-war European classics and sportscars that could either be considered daily drivers or just fun pieces to add to your collection.

Several strong buys were found on the docket, including a 1973 BMW 3.0 CSi that had been upgraded with M5 running gear that sold for £51,480 (US $64,470). The sale was nearly doubled its low estimate of £28,000 (US $35,065). 

Jaguars were also a hot ticket item for H&H Classics. A “garage-find” 1971 Jaguar Series III V12 Fixed Head Coupe that will certainly need some TLC doubled its low estimate and went to a happy bidder for £33,040 (US $41,377).

There were plenty of hot lots that ended up going for double their low estimate. A 1937 Riley 9 Merlin that was in storage for nearly 40 years and has been recently restored went for £10,080 (US $12,623). The Riley had a low estimate of £4,000 (US $5,009), but it seemed to be a favorite online and over the phone.

A 1936 Rover Twelve Sports Saloon was another popular find on the docket. The Rover had been restored nearly 20 years ago, was minimally used since with less than 9,000 miles since, and seemed to be in very good shape overall. With an estimate of £11,000 to £13,000 (US $13,776 to $16,280), the Rover sold for £18,480 (US $23,143).

One of the better buys of the day included a 1960 MG A 1600 Roadster. If you can find one in great condition, you’re typically paying at least twice the price that this MG went for. Although this one wasn’t necessarily in pristine condition, if you were looking for a daily driver, this would have perfectly fit the bill. And with a final hammer price of £15,960 (US $19,987), this was certainly a steal. 

H&H Classics will end 2016 with its Chateau Impney auction at the Droitwich Spa on Dec. 7.

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