A 1973 Ferrari Dino 246GT, restored in 1987 fetches £77,000 at Brightwells, Leominster

A 1973 Ferrari Dino 246GT, restored in 1987 fetches £77,000 at Brightwells, Leominster A 1973 Ferrari Dino 246GT, restored in 1987 with engine and gearbox overhauled in 1989, made the forecast £77,000 with premium to top the latest Brightwells results at Leominster, reports Richard Hudson-Evans. A down to the very last nut and bolt rebuilt aero-screened Jaguar XK120 Roadster left hooker with all 1954 numbers still matching, but no traditional windscreen or weather equipment, made a mid-estimate £69,300. On what by Brightwells standards was a relatively ‘quiet’ day with so many other distractions (lovely weather, Wimbledon, Glastonbury and, of course, the World Cup), a 1936 Rolls-Royce 20/25 with Limousine coachwork by Rippon found the required £30,800 and a 1933 Alvis Firefly Cross & Ellis Tourer for four made a more than top estimate £30,250. A 1949 Allard L Type also sold for £29,910 and a lefthand drive 1983 De Tomaso Longchamp GTS Spyder £26,620, both more than their guide prices. A righthand drive 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster being sold on the instruction of solicitors raised a mid-estimate £22,000, a 1962 Rover Talago P6 Prototype treated to a £65,000 restoration a more than guide price £20,350, a restored and mint 1969 Triumph TR6 £18,920, a 67,200 miles from new in 1995 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo 2 £16,720, the oldest known example of a 1934 British Salmson S4C Sports £14,969, a restored 1959 MGA 1600 Roadster with matching numbers £13,860 and a 1930 Austin Seven Mulliner ‘Sunshine’ Saloon a strong £9350. Disappointingly, especially for those who had travelled to bid for them, there were 10 no shows. Of the 105 classics that did cross the block however, and after many of the provisional bids had been converted into sales before the gavel had cooled, 70 vehicles, 67 per cent of the total offered, changed hands for £701,780, an average of £10,025 spent per car. Sale statistics: 70 cars sold/105 offered, 67 percent sale rate, £701,780 sale total includes 10% buyers premium Written by Richard Hudson-Evans

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