COLLECTORS' MOTORCYCLES AND RELATED MEMORABILIA

THE CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE MECHANICS SHOW
STAFFORD, STAFFORDSHIRE, UK

Sunday 21 October 2012

The Motorcycle department's annual sale at The Classic Motorcycle
Mechanics Show was once again a huge success, realizing more than
£1.3 million.

Leading the way was a c.1958 Benelli 248cc Grand Prix Racing
Motorcycle that was one of only four constructed, which sold for
£74,300. Other notable sales included the 1929 Grindlay-Peerless-JAP
500cc 'Hundred Model' that won the Brooklands 'Gold Star' award for a
100mph lap in 1937 in the hands of prominent VMCC member, the late
Edmond 'Boy' Tubb (£67,580).

Two important Brough Superior SS-80 motorcycles realized a combined
total of more than £130,000. A remarkably original, un-restored 'barn find' 981cc 1925 model that had been owned by the same family
from new and had not been seen publicly for more than eight decades
achieved £63,100. Meanwhile the 1930 De Luxe 'Black Bess' once
owned by the founder of the VMCC C E 'Titch' Allen realized £68,700. A
1930 Brough Superior Overhead 680 motorcycle project doubled its top
estimate to achieve £59,740.

Elsewhere in the sale every one of almost 50 modern-day classics from
the collection of the late Evan Aled Jenkins sold for a combined total
of £215,236. The collection, comprising mostly Japanese machines but
also with British and Italian representation, included some of the most desirable limited edition models of recent times.

COLLECTORS' MOTOR CARS, MOTORCYCLES AND AUTOMOBILIA

HARROGATE

Wednesdat 14 November 2012

One of the Motoring team's busiest ever annual auctions at the Great Yorkshire Showground was attended by more than 1,000 people. The marathon auction, which took more than 10 hours, realized just short of £1.1 million from 92 motor cars, 100 motorcycles and more than 300 lots of automobilia.

In the motor car section a 'barn-fi nd' 1965 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Coupé restoration project exceeded expectations to sell for £68,700 – more than double its pre-sale estimate. Other lots that sold well included a 1950 Delahaye Type 135M Coupé (£55,200), a 1933 MG Midget J2/J4 Sports (£44,850) and an eight-seater 1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Shooting Brake (£35,667).

In the motorcycle section, the top-selling lot was a wonderfully original 1950 Vincent-HRD 998cc Rapide Series C, which exceeded its pre-sale estimate to sell for £28,750. Some 97 per cent of the lots offered sold, many well above their top estimates. These included a 1959 Velocette 499cc Venom (£7,475), a 1922 New Imperial 347cc Sports (£6,900) and a 1983 BMW 798cc R80G/S (£5,175).

Automobilia, meanwhile, was an almost complete sell-out, with the top-selling item a rare and original RAF operations room Sector clock which – after a battle between two determined bidders – sold for nearly seven times its top pre-sale estimate at £10,250.

VETERAN MOTOR CARS AND RELATED AUTOMOBILIA

LONDON, NEW BOND STREET

Friday 2 November, 2012

The Motor Car and Automobilia departments' 2012 auction in New Bond Street, London, recorded the highest total for the sale to date at £1.7 million. Every one of the 14 pre-1905 cars offered sold, with highlights including £225,500 for a 1904 Delaugère et Clayette 24hp Four-Cylinder Side-Entrance Tonneau and £223,260 for a 1904 Richard-
Brasier Four-Cylinder 16hp Side-Entrance Tonneau. Other sales of particular interest were the £203,100 achieved for a 1904 Wilson-Pilcher built by Walter Wilson, an engineer and inventor credited
with the invention and development of the first tank, and the world's oldest surviving Vauxhall – a 1903 two-seater – which beat its top estimate to sell for £94,460.

Three of the veteran motor cars were offered with entry to the 2012 London-to-Brighton Veteran Car Run, once again giving bidders the chance to buy on the Friday and take part on the Sunday.

THE DECEMBER SALE: IMPORTANT MOTOR CARS AND AUTOMOBILIA

MERCEDESBENZ WORLD,
WEYBRIDGE

Monday 3 December 2012

The Motor Car department concluded its UK auction season on a high, with £4.4 million realized at its annual sale at Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey - once again the highest hammer total of the series of December sales.

Among the highlights was 100 per cent sold for the Patrick Collection: Part III, the third installment of cars from a private museum in Birmingham sold by the department. Part I was sold in 1994, and Part II in 2004. Part III realized £1 million, with a 1931 Invicta
S-Type selling for £466,300 and a 1938 SS100 Jaguar making £250,140. An unusual Rolls-Royce-engined 1950 Land Rover Prototype also in the collection sold for nearly six-times its pre-sale estimate, realizing £47,150. And aftera fierce bidding war the 1935 Ford Box Van that featured in the television series Dad's Army as Lance Cpl Jones's
butcher's van sold to the Dad's Army Museum in Thetford, Norfolk, for
£63,100 – more than double its top estimate. The purchase means the van will return to Thetford, the setting for the television series' fi ctional town of Walmington-on-Sea.

Outside the collection the Mercedes-Benz marque featured prominently,
with a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster realizing £427,100.

In the automobilia section two rare and historically important folios of Volkswagen 'Beetle' blueprints rescued from the bomb-damaged German
factory and considered instrumental in reviving post-war production of the car sold for more than four times their presale estimate at £13,750.

Contacts
  1. James Knight
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  3. Rob Hubbard
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