The Exmoor Classic Car Museum Collection

Museum collection a sell-out success at £2.6 million Bonhams Beaulieu sale

The Beaulieu Sale Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia featuring the Exmoor Classic Car Museum collection
8 Sep 2012
Beaulieu, National Motor Museum
The Exmoor Classic Car Museum Collection

The Exmoor Classic Car Museum Collection

Classic car museum put to bed on behalf of former pyjama manufacturer, realising a total of £667,128.

The entire contents of the Exmoor Classic Car Museum sold at auction for a total of £667,128 on Saturday 8th September.

The specialist museum, in Porlock in Somerset, was the retirement project of keen collector Stephen Johns. Its contents went under the hammer at the Bonhams Beaulieu Sale in Hampshire.

Every lot in the collection of 10 cars, 13 motorcycles and assorted automobilia sold, with the top lots a 1927 Bugatti Type 40 Roadster (£149,340), a 1972 Ferrari 'Dino' 246GTS Spider (£144,860), and a 1923 Rolls Royce 20hp Doctor's Coupe (£57,500).

Mr Johns, an entrepreneur who ran a pyjama manufacturing business in Keighley, West Yorkshire, for 45 years, moved to the West Country 12 years ago and decided to set up the museum to house the collection he had built up over the years.

Outside the collection a striking red-and-black 1938 Delage D6-70 Tourer first owned by 1940s screen icon Margaret Lockwood (1916 – 1990) realised £51,750.

The top-selling lot was a 1925 Bentley 3/4½-litre Speed Model Red Label Tourer, which achieved £140,000 on the hammer.

Another highlight was the sale of a 1962 Ferrari 250GTE 2+2 Series 2 Coupe project, coachwork by Pininfarina. Offered in 'barn find' condition for restoration, the car sold for £82,140 – more than four times its highest pre-sale estimate – to a UK telephone bidder.

Tim Schofield, Director of the Bonhams Motor Car Department, said: "We were privileged to offer Stephen Johns's collection for sale at Beaulieu and we were delighted to see it achieve the prices it did. We wish him the very best for his 'second retirement'.

"Overall the auction was a huge success, realising just short of £2.6 million. This is a great start to a fortnight during which the Bonhams motoring department is holding two sales, continuing of course with our Goodwood Revival Sale on Saturday 15th September."


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