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Our next classic car auction is on Friday 30th October and entries are now invited. Our July auction was a huge success with 90% of vehicles sold and a record attendance.
PRICE RECORD SMASHED AT CLASSIC AUCTION
The record books were ripped to shreds at South Western Vehicle Auctions in Poole when an untouched pre-production Austin Healey 100/4 Le Mans sold for £164,300 – more than double its guide price. One of just 20 made at the Donald Healey Motor Company in Warwick in 1953 before production moved to the BMC factory at Longbridge, it attracted nationwide interest before the battle came down to just two enthusiasts in the hall both keen to acquire this rare piece of motoring history. Originally estimated at between £60,000 and £80,000, bidding started at £25,000 but quickly jumped in £5,000 increments to smash through the £100,000 mark before the hammer was eventually knocked down at £155,000 before sale costs. This figure surpassed the £102,000 paid for a similar example in 2011 and easily eclipsed the previous top price at a SWVA classic sale which was £80,560 for a Jaguar KX120 roadster last October. “We had conservatively estimated the Healey at under £100,000 but even we were surprised at just how much it went for in the end proving just how desirable classic British sportscars with a pedigree are today,” commented auctioneer Chris Holmes. Elsewhere at the sale, during which 63 of the 70 entries sold – most well above estimate – it was an Austin Healey jamboree with a restored 1954 100/4 going for £42,340 and an attractive red and black 1963 2912cc example raising £26,500. Another famous sportscar marque, MG, was also well represented in the catalogue with the pick being a 1955 MG TF once owned by actor Michael Crawford which finally sold after intense bidding for £17,680. Adding a bit of continental flair, a well presented 1975 Alfa Romero 20000 Spider Veloce, in must-have red, quickly swept past its reserve to reach £14,310. An early 1960 Morris Mini Minor with the favoured straight gear stick and starter button sold for bang on estimate at £8,374, while a 1990 Fiat 126 BIS with just 248 warranted miles on the clock found a new home for £6,625. Other notable lots in the auction included an early 1960 Morris Mini Minor (£8,000), a 1980 Mini Pick-up (£8,692), a 1969 Ford Capri GT XLR (£9,222), a 1971 TVR 2500 Vixen (£17,755), a 1973 Jensen Interceptor (£16,324), a 1977 Morgan 4/4 (£18,232), a Mini Cooper S replica by Marcos with an engine prepared by racing guru Richard Longman (£11,925), a Morris Minor Pick-Up from 1967 (£3,975) and an Austin 8 pick-up that went for double its estimate at £6,678. Providing a bit of transatlantic bling, a 1946 Lincoln Zephyr V12 which had recently undergone a documented restoration, topped its guide price to fetch £16,324.
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