1966 Aston Martin DB6

Bonhams Banbury Run sale tops last year at £1.5 million

1966 Aston Martin DB6

Motoring department's second visit of 2013 to Oxford saw strong prices achieved, with many lots selling well above estimate

Auction total of £1.5 million topped 2012's £1.15 million achieved

The Bonhams sale of Collectors' Motorcycles and Motor Cars held in association with the Vintage Motor Cycle Club's Banbury Run on Saturday 15th June saw some 100 lots sold for a combined total of £1.51 million.

Strong prices were achieved for many of the vehicles on offer, with a number sold well above pre-sale estimate.


Highlights among the motorcycles sold included two restoration projects offered from deceased estates. A 1928 AJS 349cc K7 that had been in storage since the 1960s and was offered for total restoration sold for more than 10 times its £1,000 estimate at £10,580, while an incomplete c.1951 Norton 490cc ES2/International stored since the late 1970s/early 1980s realised £7,130 against the same estimate. Another restoration project – a 1921 ABC 398cc – achieved more than double its £2,500 estimate at £5,290.

Top-selling motorcycle lot was a restored 1907 NSU 460cc that had been on display in the Dover Transport Museum, which achieved £13,800. A restored 1939 Ariel 995cc Model 4G 'Square Four', meanwhile, sold for £13,225.

Trials bikes always do well at Bonhams Oxford and this year was no exception, with a trio selling well above their estimates: the ex-Brian Povey 1959 James 199cc Commando achieved £3,220, while a 1961 Francis-Barnett 249cc Model 85 made £1,840, and a c.1960 Triumph 199cc Tiger Cub sold for £2,760.

Motor Cars

Highlights among the motor cars on offer at the sale included 100 per cent sold at £413,540 for The Leven Collection, a private collection of 19 cars. Notable results within the collection included a combined total of £133,400 for three Jaguar E-Types, and the £18,630 realised for a 1992 Ford Sierra Cosworth Sports Saloon against an £8,000 to £10,000 estimate. A highly original 1984 Ferrari 308 GTSi QV Targa Coupé, meanwhile, more than doubled its £25,000 estimate to sell for £54,050.

Top-selling motor car lots were a 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon at £133,660 (estimate £60,000 - £80,000), a 1953 Bentley R-Type Special Roadster which achieved £74,300 against a £50,000 to £60,000 estimate, and a 1952 Cisitalia (by Auto Italia) 'Nuvolari Spyder' that also realised an above-estimate £68,700.

Meanwhile the 1988 Jaguar XJ-S V12 Convertible that was first owned by Sarah, Duchess of York, sold for £13,800, and a 1966 AEC Routemaster RML Double-decker Bus sold for £19,550.

John Polson, Specialist in the Bonhams Motor Car Department, said: "Once again, our Oxford sale was a great success. It was well-attended and we had good depth of bidding in the room. People were even bidding from outside the packed saleroom."

For a full list of results from this sale visit: www.bonhams.com/auctions/20928.


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