Estimate-smashing DB2/4 one of the top performers at COYS annual auction at the Autosport International show in Birmingham.
COYS achieved some strong results and big prices across the auction block at its annual Autosport International sale on 16 January, with both road and racing cars performing well.
The biggest success of the sale came in the form of the 1958 Aston Martin DB2/4, which surpassed its £115,000 estimate by selling for £160,000. One of only 462 coupes ever built and with only two owners in 29 years, a full-restoration to its name, and a recent rear suspension rebuild, the Aston was always going to meet its estimate, however few could have predicted quite its success at the NEC in Birmingham.
Elsewhere in the consignment, the current boom in Porsche fandom showed no signs of letting up, with a 1993 964, complete with X88 power upgrade, selling for £160,000. One buyer claimed the steal of the night, a 1968 Porsche 912, with a bid of £24,000 enough to drive away for £4000 below estimate.
The motorsport fraternity also failed to disappoint, with a number of big-hitters impressing across the block. Perhaps the pick of the bunch was Russell Brookes’ ex-works and fully-restored Vauxhall Chevette, which finally sold for £72,000, while a 1960 Lotus 18, as raced and signed by John Surtees, went for £42,000.
The most expensive sale of the afternoon came via a rare RHD 1974 Ferrari 246 GT Dino selling for £220,000, while the flip-side of Italy’s fortunes came in the form of a 1984, barely-used Lamborghini Diablo SV, which failed to meet its reserve.
Other intriguing lots from the sale include a 1960 Mercedes 190 SL (£85,000), an Aston Martin V8 (selling for £85,000 following 36 years of singe ownership), and a 1985 Rothmans-liveried MG Metro 6R4, which finished at £5000 under its lower estimate at £80,000.