Top seller was a spectacular 1933 Vanden Plas


Bicester Classic & Vintage April Sale Report

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Top seller was a spectacular 1933 Vanden Plas

Following Brightwells’ hugely successful sale of Affordable Classics from the Jaguar Land Rover Collection in March, they were back in hangar 113 just two weeks later with their annual April sale, located at the historically significant Bicester Heritage Centre, conveniently located at the heart of the country.

With the carpark filled to capacity, interest in the eclectic mix of vehicles was strong, with Brightwells offering their usual wide spectrum of kit,  from early Edwardians to a sharp 2006 Bentley Flying Spur.

Of the 75 lots that came under the hammer, over 70% found new owners. With such a wide variety of vehicles on offer, overseas interest was strong with registered bidders from numerous European countries and as far afield as Australia and Singapore.

Top seller on the day was the spectacular 1933 Vanden Plas bodied Alvis Speed 20, a car with lots of history and ready to go, it was knocked down for a commission inclusive £79,520. Along similar lines, although from London rather than Coventry was the Talbot AV105 from the same year, which also had open tourer coachwork from the same supplier. In not so ready to use condition following museum storage for more than 35 years, it was one of just three long wheelbase Vanden Plas tourers made, originally sold new to Talbot Royalty, £69,440 being required by its new owner to take it home.

Jaguars remain ever popular, a very nicely prepared XK150 FHC in 3.8 guise and SE spec made £77,280 while its younger Mk2 saloon sibling, with an engine of similar capacity was hammered down for £28,225.

Heavy metal from the ‘50s also continues its popularity, especially when in fine order such is the cost of restoration these days. Probably the best MkVI Bentley we have seen reached £28,560, which although the going rate seems a lot of quality for the money and a most elegant TA14 Alvis DHC made £19,040

Of the pre-war cars on sale, the buyer of the extremely rare Palladium project decided that £12.880 was a reasonable sum to keep him busy in the workshop over the summer, the end result will no-doubt be a most rewarding and lively Light Car.

Records were broken, a superb Morris Traveller requiring £23,520 to drive it home and the first production Triumph TR5, with fascinating press history selling for £56,000. A Series III Land Rover from 1970, albeit in fully restored condition sold to a phone bidder for £21,504 after a fiercely fought battle with the room and £14,560 was required to purchase the 1950 80” model, which despite many years off the road would not need too much work to get mobile again.

Jumping a decade or five, Brightwells offered a hand picked array of Modern Classics, from a 1995 air-cooled Porsche 911 which needed a few jobs here and there, yet still made a healthy £40,320 via a rare Z3M Roadster at £14,000 to the most modern car in the sale, a 2006 Bentley Flying Spur which changed hands for £28,000, probably the bargain of the day if £/sqm were the measure of value.

 “ Bicester Heritage continues to draw in a new and enthusiastic crowd for us and we are well on the way to establishing our Bicester sales as a regular calendar fixture” said Brightwells’ Head of Classic Motoring Matthew Parkin. “There is no rest though, as we’re already onto the next, which is going to be particularly exciting as it’s part of the Classic and Sportscar Show in conjunction with Flywheel on 24th June. The catalogue is growing fast and we already have some interesting and exciting entries .”

To view the results of the April Bicester Classic Sale in full, please visit and click on ‘Classic Motoring’ or phone 01869 229222. If you are considering selling your classic and would like to take advantage of our partnership with Classic and Sports Car Magazine, email for a free, no obligation valuation.  

All the prices given above include the 12% buyer’s premium.