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The gorgeous, matching numbers, Fiesta Red 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible entered for this week’s (June 9) H&H sale at Buxton, way surpassed even its top estimate to return a whisker under £300,000. One of just seventy made, the suave four-seater soft-top was originally the property of Sefton Myers, the property developer and theatrical agent who fostered the careers of Sir Tim Rice and Baron Andrew Lloyd-Webber. Restored some thirty years ago, it was one of five splendid cars from the Midlands-based MJF Collection, all of which were hotly contested.

Bearing in mind H&H’s recent run of success with AC Aces, it was perhaps no great surprise to see the wonderfully patinated, 100D2-engined, metallic red, 1959 Ace Bristol fetch £170,500. Pleasingly sharp, MJF’s 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS had covered a mere 12,800 miles and had little trouble finding a new home for £37,400. The red 1977 Triumph Stag had been part of the collection from new and, though it had covered 120,500 miles (proof that well sorted examples can be reliable!), it was nicely presented and made £8,580. The last member of the MJF quintet was a bronze 1980 MG B LE Roadster. With just 2,500 miles to its name, it sold for £7,700.

Other notable car results
Another delightful lot was the 1958 Aston Martin DB Mark III – the model driven by Bond in the novel, Goldfinger. A former entry in the Louis Vuitton Concours, the dark green example offered was knocked down for £93,500. The seductive dark blue 1959 Jaguar XK150 S 3.4-litre Roadster was on the money at £56,100, while the stunning metallic blue 1962 E-Type that had been converted from fixed-head coupe to roadster guise and subsequently featured in a variety of magazines returned £43,450. The prize for the biggest surprise of the sale must surely go to the Sky Blue 1966 Lotus Elan S2 Convertible that had lain untouched in a garage for the last 10 years. A non-running project in need of restoration, it carried an estimate of £1,000-2,000 yet finally sold for £16,060.

The motorcycles and automobilia also fared well
The undoubted star of the motorcycle lots was the 1951 Vincent Black Shadow which, though not perfect, was a fine example of this highly sought-after British classic and fetched £46,750. The delightful maroon 1921 Indian Powerplus Combination made £18,700, while the rare 1939 Excelsior Manxman realised way over estimate at £17,600.

H&H had once again assembled a fine selection of automobilia, the vast majority of which sold, in many cases for excellent prices: a sensational example of the rare, double-sided Aeroshell enamel sign made £2,350 and a most attractive pre-war Wakefield Castrol enamel sign/thermometer returned £1,495, as did an impressive Hispano-Suiza Flying Stork mascot.

The June 9 sale was also notable for the return of an online bidding facility (i-bidder) which added a welcome extra dimension to proceedings not to mention a flurry of bids and purchases from some far flung time zones.

Further details on this and other H&H sales can be found at www.handh.co.uk. The company’s next auction of collectors’ cars, motorcycles, bicycles and automobilia will take place at the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton on July 21.

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