James Knight, Head of the Motoring department at Bonhams, comments, “This was our second sale at Oxford, and yet again delivered a very strong performance. The test for any new venue is looking at how you perform the second time. I am thrilled that Bonhams and this fabulous venue passed the test with flying colours.”
The top price (£166,500) was paid, as expected, for a 1956 Bentley S1 Continental Fastback with coachwork by H J Mulliner, while the other Bentley in the sale – a 1964 Bentley S3 Continental Coupé with coachwork by H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd surpassed its estimate of £40,000 – 50,000, fetching an impressive £62,000.
The 1989 Ford RS200, Group B Homologation road car, attracted the second top price in the sale – £87,300.
The 1936 Alvis Speed 25 Saloon was hotly contended for in a ten way bidding battle in which a number of European countries were represented. The car – a barn discovery – eventually sold to an Irish bidder for £31,050, beating its estimate sale price of £18,000 – 22,000.
More modestly priced classics also performed well, including a 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupé which sold for £21,562 against a pre-sale estimate of £10,000 – £15,000.
For complete results, visit www.bonhams.com/cars.