Friday, 26 February 2016
BUMPER CROWD ATTENDS H&H’S INAUGURAL DONINGTON PARK AUCTION
With plenty of free parking and a generously sized exhibition centre - appropriately named The Engine Room - the famous East Midlands circuit was easily able to accommodate the masses that descended upon it for yesterday’s inaugural H&H Classics sale which at its peak numbered close to 1,000 people.
Bidding was also impressive with 91% of the motorcycles and 76% of the motorcars finding new homes with several provisional sales still pending.
Feedback from both new and existing clients was overwhelmingly positive and H&H will be returning to Donington Park on May 18th, July 28th and November 16th this year. As a Generalist Auction it was aimed at the more accessible / affordable end of the market and so open to a broad spectrum of entries including future classics.
Proof that interesting motorcars need not be expensive, Lot 1 – a c.1939 Morgan 4-4 restoration project – attracted a huge amount of interest. Offered for sale at no reserve, it drew a flurry of bids and eventually made £6,048. Most probably unique in having being owned by three Members of Parliament who all hailed from the same family, the 1959 Armstrong Siddeley Star Sapphire was driven to the auction direct from the House of Commons and comfortably surpassed its guide price by fetching £10,640.
In need of refurbishment, the c.1933 BSA Three-Wheeler Twin intrigued many but is now bound for Europe at £7,280. Strong interest was shown in the 1959 Triumph TR3A, 1965 Triumph TR4A IRS and 1980 Land Rover Series III that commanded £22,400, £20,720 and £11,312 respectively. A pair of left-hand drive Alfa Romeos offered for sale at no reserve were eagerly contested too with the 1991 Spider 2.0 S4 Automatic making £7,504 and the 1984 GTV 2.0 drawing £6,944.
The majority of the motorcycles on offer hailed from a Spanish collection with a trials bias. Thus, strong performers included a 1974 Ossa Mick Andrews Replica 250 (£2,240), 1975 Bultaco Lobito Mk8 (£1,859) and 1970s Montesa Enduro H 125 (£1,736). Though, a 1968 BSA D14/4 Bantam that had been family owned for 40 years had more than its fair share of admirers and took £1,512.
H&H’s next auction will be a Specialist Sale held at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford on April 20th and is currently headlined by one of the very first competition Jaguar E-types – chassis 0007 – and a special order 1954 Lagonda 3 Litre Drophead Coupe that was supplied new to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
AUCTIONS AMERICA RETURNS TO ITS ROOTS, PRESENTING A WIDE RANGE OF DOMESTIC EXAMPLES AT ITS AUBURN SPRING EVENT
AUCTIONS AMERICA RETURNS TO ITS ROOTS, PRESENTING A WIDE RANGE
OF DOMESTIC EXAMPLES AT ITS AUBURN SPRING EVENT
OF DOMESTIC EXAMPLES AT ITS AUBURN SPRING EVENT
· 1953 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible
· Weekend also plays host to a car corral, swap meet and the AACA Special National Spring Meet
· Further event information and frequently updated list of entries available at www.auctionsamerica.com
of the company’s two annual sales held at the historic Auburn Auction Park, the event has emerged as a spring tradition for collector car enthusiasts from across the country. This year’s event is set to build on the solid foundation of years past, lifting the gavel on approximately 500 quality collector vehicles and an assortment of automobilia.
Shining a spotlight on domestic engineering and design, early entries for the May event are headlined by a fantastic assortment of American-built automobiles. For those with a penchant for classic 1950s Americana, the line-up is led by an award-winning 1953 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible—a model that effortlessly combined iconic 50s curves and performance to become the marque’s most popular convertible that year. Offered from a local Auburn collector, the featured 98 is dazzling in white over a green interior with a dark green top, a recent AACA Junior award winner and benefits from a frame-off restoration, which was completed using many new old stock parts (Est. $70,000 - $80,000).
“It’s always fun to host an event on our home turf and we’re proud to return to our roots for this year’s Auburn Spring sale,” says Megan Boyd, Car Specialist, Auctions America. “The Auburn Auction Park’s location in the Classic Car Capital of America makes it a terrific venue to celebrate our country’s rich automotive heritage; it’s a setting where American classics reign supreme, and as such, collectors can expect a strong emphasis on domestic product at the May sale.”
Illustrating the event’s focus on American-built automobiles, additional early entries include:
· a 1968 Shelby GT500 Fastback, benefitting from a high-quality restoration completed in 2003 and presented in black over black ($110,000 - $125,000);
· a limited production 1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible, a beautiful example of the popular “woodie”, finished in green with a green interior and tan canvas top ($100,000 - $145,000); and
· a 1957 Pontiac Star Chief, fully restored to original factory specs and beautifully presented in Maroon with a red and white interior and white top ($80,000 - $90,000).
Building on Auctions America’s successful presentation of private collections in Auburn, the May event will also offer a number of single-vendor collections as feature segments. Notable early highlights include The Driscoll Collection, an eclectic group of 22 automobiles, along with a selection of vehicles from a prominent Michigan collector; both collections will be offered without reserve. The Driscoll Collection is highlighted by a two-time NCRS Top Flight Blue Ribbon-winning 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Coupe ($55,000 - $75,000) and a superb 1983 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe, beautifully presented in Champagne over black ($75,000 - $85,000), while the private Michigan collection features such popular American classics as a 1946 Lincoln Continental Convertible ($60,000 - $80,000) and an excellent, low-mileage 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham ($85,000 – $100,000).
Beyond the auction excitement, Auburn Spring will present a terrific series of other automotive-themed activities for enthusiasts of all ages; uncover treasures in the onsite swap meet and car corral, or browse through display vehicles, club booths, manufacturer displays and detailing demonstrations at the Automotive Midway, a new attraction at this year’s event. In addition, Auburn Spring will also play host to the Antique Automobile Club of America’s (AACA) National Spring meet, which is set to bring an additional 400 cars to the Auburn Auction Park, making for a well-rounded hobby weekend.
To discuss limited consignment opportunities, call Auctions America toll free at 877-906-2437 (or +1 260 927 9797 outside North America) or visit www.auctionsamerica.com to view further event details and a frequently updated list of entries.
ABOUT AUCTIONS AMERICA
Formed in July 2010, Auctions America specializes in the sale of American Classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs. Headquartered at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Indiana, Auctions America boasts an expert team of full-time vehicle specialists, who offer over 150 years’ combined experience buying, selling, racing and restoring collector vehicles, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. The company’s established roster of annual events are held in some of the country’s leading automotive destinations including Auburn, Indiana; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Santa Monica, California; and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. To learn more about Auctions America, visit auctionsamerica.com, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @auctionsamerica.
Top - 1953 Oldsmobile 98 Convertible (credit courtesy of Auctions America)
Bottom - 1968 Shelby GT500 Fastback (credit © Drew Shipley 2016 courtesy of Auctions America)
Thursday, 25 February 2016
SOURCE: BARRETT JACKSON 2016