Top of the bill was the 1930 Frazer-Nash
Brightwells fielded yet another fascinating and varied selection of cars and equipment at their recent 24th October sale at Bicester Heritage, the UK’s epicentre for all things Classic Motoring.
As usual, Pre-War cars were well represented, the final tally showing that well over 70% of them found new homes, the knowledge and understanding of the Brightwells’ team for cars of this era proving yet again that the market is still buoyant for specialist cars heading for ‘antique’ status.
Top of the bill was the 1930 Frazer-Nash, an ex-factory demonstrator with Brooklands history and continuous ownership since 1963. The Nashmen were out in force, bidding fiercely to an estimate busting, commission inclusive £207,000. One of just 326 chain-drive cars built, the strong result proves that rarity and usability remain key in today’s market place.
Other Pre-War highlights included a most handsome Lagonda 3-litre tourer, hammered away for £85,000 and another car with Brooklands history, this time in the form of the Kerr-Bate Special, an Amilcar CGSS that was fitted with a Riley 9 engine in the early ‘30s. This charming, well-known and effective Vintage Special sold for £76,000.
Other strong results included the £32,480 paid for the 1934 Humber Snipe Golfers Coupe with coachwork by Lancefield. A stunning American influenced design, prepared for long-distance rallies and featuring its own locker for golf clubs, it is certain to continue creating interest wherever it goes.
Of the more modern classics on offer, a stunning E-Type Roadster made £72,800, a price which reflected an interesting past – starting life as it did in Coupe form before being comprehensively restored some years ago!
The De Tomaso Pantera, converted from left to right hand drive in the 1980s sold for £42,000 and the fine Jaguar MkV Drophead made a commission inclusive £41,400, breaching estimate by some considerable margin.
Lotus’ were very much flavour of the day, a worked-over Elan +2 with two-litre Zetec doubled estimate to reach £15,120, a price which could also have netted you a lovely, gently patinated and original 1959 MGA as an alternative. Two Eclats from the wedge era also sold impressively - £6,280 for the S2 and £12,320 for a fine, low-mileage 521.
Period performance saloons sold well, with £7,280 being required to buy the well-prepared, mildly-warmed Volvo Amazon and £6750 changed hands for a ridiculously low-mileage Alfa Romeo Alfetta 1.8 which had covered just 25,000 miles from new. Of the more varied items on offer, a wartime Jeep fitted with modern Toyota motivation sold well at £14,560 and while on the subject of militaria, the new owner of the Russian Surface to Air Missile (fortunately deactivated) was somewhat surprised by its impressive length – all 19ft of it when he collected it, although it looked something of a bargain at just £242/foot (£4,600 in total).
An overall sale rate of just under 65% and a sale total of £1.15m made the day a success. To view the full results, click HERE or or phone 01869 229222. Brightwells’ next Bicester Classic & Vintage sale is on 10th April 2019 and entries are now being invited with free valuations available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date is Monday 18th March – and remember, don’t leave it until the last minute so that your entry can make the most of our extensive marketing activity.