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Brightwells to see over 200 classics come under the auctioneer’s hammer for the opening sale of the year on 4th March. By the end of the day 78% of entries had been sold for a total of over £1.5m with bidders from as far afield as Canada, Australia and the Arab Emirates.
With some 340 classic cars and motorcycles up for grabs, it was no wonder that there was such a huge turnout at Brightwells for the final sale of the year and the 10-acre site was packed to capacity and beyond by hordes of enthusiasts keen to bid on the enormous variety of machines on offer.
Brightwells had assembled the usual vast assortment of interesting classics for their fourth sale of the year on 4th September and yet again a healthy 73% of entries were successfully sold, with 133 of the 182 cars offered finding new homes for a total of £1.9m.
Pre-war Vauxhall tops the charts as 76% of entries sell for £1.8m
With the summer season in full swing, there was something of a carnival atmosphere at Brightwells on 10th July as the usual vast crowd of enthusiasts descended on the Leominster salerooms to fight over a large and varied catalogue of classics spanning every decade of the 20th Century
By the end of a long afternoon, 146 of the 186 vehicles on offer had successfully changed hands to give an impressive sale rate of 78% for a total of almost £1.4m.
Top price of the day went to a lovely 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS which had covered only 30k miles in the hands of three owners and raised a well-deserved £57,720. Not too far behind was its great period rival, a 1986 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera...
Brightwells rounded off 2018 in fine style on 28th November by selling 75% of the 139 vehicles on offer for a total of £970,500, yet again it was an international affair, with numerous online and telephone bidders taking part.
Top of the bill was the 1930 Frazer-Nash, an ex-factory demonstrator with Brooklands history and continuous ownership since 1963. Selling for an estimate busting, commission inclusive £207,000.
159 of the 216 lots on offer had successfully changed hands to give a healthy sale rate of 74% for a total of almost £1.2m, with bidders from as far afield as Australia and America plus most of the major European countries and a lone bidder from Switzerland.
Curiosity, coupled with enthusiasm and wine, is mainly to blame. A collection of fifty eclectic cars and motorbikes, following no exact set pattern - encompassing everything from Maserati motorbikes, Lamborghini tractors, Welsh motorbikes, 2CV’s, to Russian military invalid cars.
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