Latest market commentary from CCFS auction analyst Richard Hudson-Evans 13 January

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From the 74 auctions that I personally attended on the old world side of the Atlantic pond in 2011, fellow market watchers may like to peruse the top 40 prices from the 3512 results logged. The selling auctioneers are in brackets, whilst, as is custom and practice in the auctions business, the figures listed do include buyers premium, but not VAT or local equivalent charged on the premium element of the price.

1955 Ferrari 375MM (RM) £2,923,200

1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Figoni & Falaschi Teardrop (RM) £2,728,320

1957 Ferrari 500TRC Scaglietti Race-Sports (RM) £2,436,000

1959 Ferrari 250GT California Long Wheelbase Spider (RM) £2,192,400

1967 Lamborghini Marzel Concept Car (RM) £1,315,440

1957 Mercedes-Benz 540L A Cabrio (RM) £1,218,000

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K A Cabrio ex-Ecclestone/Heselden Collections (Coys) £848,500

1953 Austin-Healey 100S Special Test/Le Mans Sports (Bonhams) £843,000

1933 Bugatti T51 GP ex-Lord Raglan (Bonhams)            £792,120

1938 Delahaye 135 MS Figoni & Falaschi Coupe (RM) £722,100

1939 Delahaye 135 MS GS Figoni & Falaschi Roadster (RM)  £682,080

1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero Concept Car (RM) £662,592

1968 Ferrari 275GTB/4 (Artcurial) £655,330

1957 BMW 507 Roadster (RM) £633,360

1966 Porsche 906 Carrera Far East raced (Bonhams) £627,900

1931 Bentley 8-Litre VdeP Replica 4-Seater Tourer (Coys) £595,500

1971 Ferrari 365GTS/4 Daytona Spider(Bonhams) £595,500

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Bertone Competition (RM) £584,640

1964 Alfa Romeo TZ Competition-Coupe (RM) £545,664

1930 Bugatti T46 Veth & Zoom Faux-Cabrio (Bonhams) £531,300

1929 Bentley 4½-Litre Le Mans VdP-style 4-Seater Tourer (H&H) £528,000

1974 Lamborghini Bravo Bertone Concept Car (RM) £511,560

1963 Aston Martin DB4 SV Vantage Convertible (Bonhams) £507,500

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe (Bonhams) £490,245

1908 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Labourdette Roi des Belges Tourer (Bonhams) £485,500

1937 Bugatti T57C Atalante Coupe (Artcurial) £477,540

1929 Bentley Speed Six Le Mans VdeP-style Tourer (RM) £470,400

1935 Hispano-Suiza J12 Cabriolet de Ville (RM) £462,840

1931 Minerva 8 AL Convertible-Saloon (RM) £457,968

1931 Invicta LS 4½-Litre Low Chassis Coupe (Artcurial)


1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Springfield TB (RM) 438,480

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL LHD Roadster (Artcurial) £435,013  

1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Radford Estate (Bonhams) £430,500

1925 Bugatti T35B (Bonhams) £430,500

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe (Coys) £430,500

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabrio C (Bonhams) £425,040

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe (Bonhams) £425,000

1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Ceremonial (Bonhams) £419,500

1955 Bentley R Continental Franay (RM) £413,250

1992 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI MPW Landau (Bonhams) £405,720




VIP ownership continues to be a value enhancing factor when a collector vehicle comes up for auction. Here are the 2011 ‘Top 10’ classics with celeb provenance to change hands at auction.

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Bertone Drophead ex-Innes Ireland (Bonhams) £606,500

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Vantage LHD Convertible ex-Peter Ustinov (RM) £431,200

1964 Aston Martin DB5 ex-Beatle George Harrison (Coys) £342,500

1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk1 2+2 Coupe ex-King Baudouin of Belgium (Bonhams) £280,140

1967 Iso Grifo ex-Mike Hailwood £176,440

1960 Zil 111 Parade Convertible ex-Nikita Khrushchev (Artcurial) £154,140

1981 DTV Vauxhall Chevette HSR rallied by Tony Pond and Russell Brookes (H&H) £63,270

1971 Vauxhall Firenza raced by Gerry Marshall (Bonhams) £47,700

1975 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow LWB ex-Princess Margaret (Bonhams) £21,850

1967 Austin A35 Budgie Transport Van with windows ex-James Hunt (Silverstone) £14,300!




Several marque and model significant prices were paid in the salerooms during 2011, many quite extraordinary valuations and some of them new auction records. Among the more notable blips on my radar were these results.

1969 BMW Bertone ‘Spicup’ Concept Convertible/Coupe (Bonhams) £400,000

1968 Bizzarrini 5300GT Strada (RM) £348,000

1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster with hardtop for improvement (Coys) £337,000

1956 Porsche 356A 1500GS Carrera LHD Speedster (Artcurial) £304,884

1911 Delaunay-Belleville 25hp HB6 Rothschild Landau (Bonhams) £241,500

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight RHD Coupe (Bonhams) £221,500

1938 Peugeot 402 Darl’Mat Roadster (Artcurial) £218,820

1959 Jaguar XK150 3.8S Roadster (RM) 201,600

1983 Lancia Rallye 037 Stradale (Artcurial) £172,620

1937 Bugatti T57 Gangloff-bodied Saloon for restoration (Bonhams) £166,500

1956 AC Bristol Sports (H&H) £155,400

1961 Aston Martin DB4GTZ Shapecraft Replica Coupe (Historics) £155,100

1969 AC 428 Coupe (Silverstone) £136,400

1991 Ford RS200 Evo Coupe (Coys) £123,600   

1950 Healey Silverstone Sports (H&H) £121,000

1961 Morgan Plus 4 Le Mans Sports (Silverstone) £120,000

1912 Charles Burrell Traction Engine (Cheffins) £120,750

1962 Jaguar E Type S1 3.8 Roadster (Bonhams) £100,500

1986 AC Cobra MkIV LHD Sports (H&H) £81,400

1913 Isotta Fraschini 14/18hp FC 4-Seater Tourer for restoration (Bonhams) £78,500

1954 Sunbeam Alpine Harrington Le Mans Coupe (RM) £64,960

1954 Kieft 1100 Climax Race-Sports (H&H)£57,200

1954 Allard Palm Beach Mk1 Sports (Bonhams) £52,100

1965 WSM Austin-Healey 3000 Coupe for restoration (Brightwells) £49,500

1962 Daimler SP250 B-spec ‘Dart’ Police Car (Historics) £43,450

1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale Bertone Coupe (Barons) £42,900

1927 Amilcar CGS Surbaisse Long-Tail Sports (Richard Edmonds) £42,900

1964 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk3 Sports (H&H) £41,800

1959 Triumph TR3A LHD Sports (RM) £36,960

1959 Austin-Healey 100/6 Jamaican Fibreglass Coupe (Art curial) £33,810

1962 Triumph TR4 LHD Sports (RM) £33,600

1968 Ford Escort Twin Cam (H&H) £33,000

1933 Rover Fourteen 4-Seater Tourer (Richard Edmonds) £33,000

1942/3 AEC Mk2 Type 0854 2500kg WW2 Dambusters Fuel Bowser (Richard Edmonds) £19,250

1987 Mini Moke (Bonhams) £19,020

1966 Alfa Romeo 1300GT Junior (Anglia) £17,325

1966 Wolseley Hornet Heinz Crayford Convertible flood damaged restoration project (Bonhams) £13,800

1958 Austin Metropolitan Mk2 (Cheffins) £12,810

1950 Land Rover S1 80ins Utility (Brightwells) £12,100

1960 Brittania GT part restored (H&H) £9020


In so many cases, it is only the public auction process of bidders having to make up their minds to bid or not whilst a lot crosses the block that can establish the ‘real world’ value of something.

Any collector vehicle may have fetched more in some other auction on another day, of course, but those interested parties who were prepared to show their bidding numbers to the auctioneers the first time round may not necessarily be prepared to do so again. And that split-second buying moment when a vendor can cash in their classic metal may have passed, if not forever, for the foreseeable future. For public auctions are all about both vendors and buyers being decisive.

May the winning bid be with you in the 2012 sales, which kick off again this Saturday under the Coys hammer during the Autosport Show at the NEC in Brum. My well travelled quill pen is sharped in readiness for another season’s scribing! RH-E