It was obvious from the start of the vehicle portion of H&H Classics’ Chateau Impney sale on Dec. 7 in the UK that the majority of the bidders in the room were going to be very active with modern collectors on the docket.
Luckily, for the room and for H&H, the docket of 2016 was packed with opportunity for enthusiasts to get their hands on what they were looking for, and with a reasonable hammer price.
The Ferrari California is one of those collectors that you can use as a showcase piece or as a daily driver. Designed to be more of a beautiful road car with the performance of a track car, it has wide appeal across the market.
The Ferrari featured at H&H had one owner from new and had only 500 recorded miles on it, so this was an opportunity for someone to purchase a basically brand-new Prancing Horse. Final hammer price was £126,560 (US $161,098), which was slightly higher than its estimate. Either way, it was a great price and a great looking car.
The 2012 Bentley Continental GTC is a blend of luxury and sport, and was part of an extensive London-based private collection since new. This right-hand drive convertible included a spruced-up interior that included a three-spoke two-tone hide trimmed steering wheel, embroidered Bentley emblems with a beige and red trim color.
Pre-auction estimates pegged this GTC between £75,000-£85,000 (US $95,468-$108,197), but the hammer fell at £101,080 (US $128,665). Clearly, someone was smitten with it and I believe the price accurately reflects that. In all, lots from the private collection totaled £780,000 (US $992,862) out of the nearly £2,000,000 (US $2,545,800) in total sales from the auction.
There were 10 Rolls-Royce’s that crossed the block that each brought some significant buzz to the auction. Leading the way was a 1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith H.J. Mulliner Saloon, one of just 491 Wraith chassis made. This Rolls-Royce last sold in 2013 for £55,000, so it may have been a bit of a letdown for the seller to see it hammer at £52,640 (US $67,006). But the buyer may be thinking this was a steal because of its previous sale.
Other notable Rolls-Royce sales included a 1982 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible, estimated at £40,000-£50,000 (US $50,916-$63,645), that sold for £76,160 (US $96,944); a 2003 Rolls-Royce Phantom, estimated at £70,000-£80,000 (US $89,103-$101,832), that sold for £99,680 (US $126,883)and a 2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost, estimated at £100,000-£110,000 (US $127,290-$140,019), sold for £121,475 (US $154,626). The highest sale of the auction belonged to a 2012 Ferrari F430 F1 Spider that sold for £142,800 (US $181,770).
H&H’s next auction takes place in Feb. 2017 at Donington Park.