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Jaguar XK150 sells for record £427,100 at Bonhams auction

Record price achieved for a Jaguar XK150, along with the sale of two exceptional collections sees Bonhams’ Bond street sale top £8.8m sales

Bonhams achieved some fantastic results at its Bond Street sale on 6 December, with sales totaling £8.8m for 25 cars. This included the first half of the Gordon Willey Collection and the Arthur Carter Collection, both of which featured high-profile classics.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the sale was the 1960 Jaguar XK150, which sold for a world record price of £427,100 including premium. This 3.8-litre car, originally sold in the USA with the desirable overdrive option, was brought over to the UK in 2009 and subjected to a full world-class restoration.

The first half of the Gordon Wiley collection went on sale, with 100 per cent of the cars finding new homes. Perhaps the highlight of the Lancashire-based collection was the 1964 Aston Martin DB5, previously owned by racer and Johnnie Walker heir, Rob Walker. In need of some light recommissioning, it sold for £516,700.

Other cars of note from this collection include the ex-Billy Cotton 1938 Frazer Nash-BMW 328 Roadster (£617,500) as well as a fantastic 1929 Bentley 4½-Litre Tourer (£667,900). The second half of this sale will go up for auction on 10 December at the RAF Hendon Museum sale.

Austin-Healey fans queued up to buy some of the finest examples offered from the Arthur Carter Collection. The most heavily fought over was the 1953 Austin-Healey 100/’100S’ Coupé, which was originally used daily by Donald Healey. It eventually sold for an impressive £639,900. Even the personal Rolex wristwatch of Healey managed to double its estimate, selling for £25,300.

‘We’ve seen some excellent figures achieved at the annual Bond Street Sale, with over £8.8 million sold, and a new world record set for the 1960 Jaguar XK150 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé, which soared to an incredible £427,100,’ said James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director.

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