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Aston Martin DB6 leads the way at H&H Duxford sale

Traditional classics in demand at H&H Imperial War Museum sale. Full report here

In the first of its two annual visits to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, H&H offered generally high-quality stock, with a couple of restoration projects and replicas to season the mix.

The star lot, a 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 automatic, got a very strong £280,000, the model becoming a fixture at this sale, while a recently refreshed 1965 Jaguar E-type coupe was on the mark at £63,840. H&H finally got away the tidy and rebuilt Jaguar XK150 roadster that has cropped up at auction before. It started as a left-hand drive coupe and is blighted by a modern chassis number – but the hardware looked good value at £44,070.
A very nicely restored 1957 Land Rover 86in made the right money at £29,120, probably the best Fiat Dino 2400 Coupe in the world sold for an unspecified amount against a £50,000 lower estimate, which is normally near the reserve price and a decently restored W113 Mercedes-Benz 280SL made £61,600, which is on the money these days for a well restored and detailed car. But a perfectly restored Volvo P1800E (with the picture display to prove it) couldn’t get to its strong £45k ask.

On older fare, a magnificent 1925 Sunbeam 20/60 Tourer got the right £54,880 – and looked good value against a less powerful yet slightly more expensive 2-litre Lagonda (there was one of those offered too, at £60-70k, but it didn’t sell). A 1920 Sunbeam 16hp Tourer fetched £30,240 and a 1937 Wolseley 14/56 Tourer that had once been a police car and still had the Winkworth bell on the front bumper to prove it made strong money at £42,560, 25% over its estimate. An unusual 1914 Vinot et Deguinand AM4 tourer sold for £28,560, a nicely restored 1931 MG M-type was £16,800, and a 1914 Ford T with unusual Surrey-top body to seat six in three rows (probably why it needed the supplementary Warford transmission and Rocky Mountain brakes) was £17,640.

Several of the more interesting lots did not sell, as H&H buyers have always appeared to prefer ‘traditional’ classics – they’re easier to retail, for one thing - but you could have had historic rally cars in the shape of a Lotus Cortina or R8 Gordini evocation, replica Daytona or Diablo or the lovingly restored 1960 Mercedes-Benz L311 truck that surely would earn some of the money back in film work. For the second time, it went home from Duxford unsold. The projects were a dilapidated 1934 Beardmore Paramount taxi, which didn’t sell, and an MGA Twin Cam project on which much of the heavy lifting had been done, which did, for £19,600. A 1973 BMW 3.0CSL, reshelled in the ’80s and now using a 3.2-litre engine, looked good value at the same sum.

Crunching the numbers, of the 89 cars (and one boat) offered, 59 sold for a sale rate of 66%. H&H’s next outing is at the annual Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club sale at Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire on June 20.

Words and pictures: Paul Hardiman

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