As a title sponsor of The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, The famous auction house RM Sotheby’s hosted their 15th annual London classic car auction on the eve of the rally.
As I was in the area for the Regent Street Motor Show, I thought I’d go and have a look to see what was going under the hammer.
RM Sotheby’s have released the results of the auction on their website. So I thought I’d share my top 10 cars of the auction with you along with what they were sold for or their asking prices. These are in no particular order by the way. All of these lots I found interesting.
First up we have this 2001 Rover Mini Cooper Sport 500. This car had just 6 miles on the odometer at the time of cataloging, and has had just one owner from new. It sold for £31,050.
Next up we have a Koenig built Mercedes 560 SEC (C126 platform). This car won the 2021 London Concours Youngtimers Class, my write up of which you can read about here: https://motorsportformentalhealth.com/2021/06/09/london-concours-delegance-2021/
The owner was asking for £125,000.
A Rolls Royce Silver Spirit limousine coach built by The Jankel Group. It sold for £31,050.
1929 Bentley 4.5 Supercharged Tourer by Vanden Plas. UW 3761 was the first of the 50 homologation “Blowers” built by Bentley and was the only one completed in 1929. W.O Bentley showed this car at the 1929 London Motor Show at Olympia.
It is a beautiful car and had clearly been very well looked after.
It was estimated to sell for between £3,800,000 and £4,200,000 but didn’t sell. It’s a bit out of my price range for sure haha!
There was also a naturally aspirated 4.5 Bentley. The car was built in December 1927 with a coupe body by Park Ward. in 1946 it was sold to a J.Foster who went to put a two seater body on it, but the project was never completed. The car was laid up until 1988 when Richard Sanders brought it. It was rebodied with the Vanden Plas four seater body in 1990/1991.
The car sold for £415,625.
Ascari FGT prototype. This car, built by Lee Noble of Noble Automotive, was the prototype for the Ascari Ecosse. It sold for just £19,550 which I think is a fantastic price for such a unique and interesting piece of history. Hopefully the new owner takes it to lots of shows and events and has some fun with it.
Alfa Romeo Giula GTA 1300 Junior. Sold for £189,750. A beautiful little car. It’s always a pleasure to see these at shows and on track at events like Masters.
1992 W124 Mercedes 300CE 3.4 AMG with widebody by Brabus. Again this car was shown at the London Concours as part of the Youngtimers collection. This is a really high specification car and the owner was asking for £55,000.
1952 Mercedes 300S coupe W188. Though a post war design this car has a lot of art deco-esque elegance. This one sold for £230,000.
Porsche 934 Group 4 race car. This 934 entered 69 races and scored 18 victories between 1976 and 1982. The current owner was asking for £925,000.
It was good fun doing a bit of window shopping at RM Sotheby’s. I’ll need to be able to earn a fair bit more from WordAds if I want to be able to buy such a caliber of car though haha! If you would like to stay up to date with all my blog posts please subscribe to the blog via email (from the box at the bottom of the page).
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By Richard Francis