Bugatti & Lamborghini take center stage at H&H Loseley Park Auction
With stunning views over the surrounding countryside, the two-day Loseley Park auction attracted visitors from throughout the British Isles as well as Ireland, France, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. While strong telephone bidding from the Americas and Far East helped enliven proceedings still further.
H&H was pleased to offer a 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Sports Saloon on behalf of a Dutch lady. The last of seven Bugattis to pass through her family’s hands and one that she had been driving since the age of eighteen, the pillarless four-door was in careworn but highly original condition. Reputedly a one-off, its beautifully detailed coachwork and delightful patina captivated an Irish enthusiast who fulfilled his teenage dream by securing the car against determined opposition for £143,000 (some forty percent over low estimate).
No less delighted were the couple who bought the 1968 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 (one of six RHD examples) for £104,500 after it had been in single ownership for thirty-four years.
Proving that black never goes out of fashion, the 1975 Jaguar E-type V12 Roadster Commemorative comfortably exceeded its top estimate at £79,200 despite somewhat imperfect paintwork. Indeed, all three of the E-type V12 Roadsters found new homes, the other two taking £38,500 and £36,300 respectively. It was a good day for open four-seaters too, the ex-Jools Holland 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupe commanding £79,750, the elegant 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet £56,100, the sensational 1956 Oldsmobile Super Rocket 88 Convertible £48,400 and the stylish 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTC £22,000.
In what might yet prove to be canny purchases, the 1971 AC 428 Fastback and 1966 Jensen Interceptor MKI (chassis EXP115, the first production car) were snapped up for £38,500 and £20,350 respectively. Other notable results included the highly convincing 1975/2004 Ferrari 250 GTO Evocation (£20,900), delivery mileage 2000 Rover Mini Cooper S 500 (£12,100) and timewarp fabric-bodied 1927 Austin Seven Mulliner Saloon (£9,900). An absence of registration documents depressed prices among the David Lynch motorcycle collection (though, all four of the cars he entered were successfully sold). Majoring on accessibility rather than value, top seller among the two-wheelers was the 1953 Ariel NH (£3,080) followed by the 1970 Triton Café Racer (£2,200) and 1939 Matchless Twin Port (£2,200).
After buoyant sales at two new venues, H&H will be returning to the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton, Derbyshire on July 22nd – 23rd. As well as the ‘barn find’ 1955 / 1957 Lister Sports Racer which has caused so much excitement, the auction has also attracted a highly original 1928 Lagonda 14/60 Semi-Sports Tourer. With the marked increase in Lagonda prices over the last few years, this appealing Vintage Tourer wears an attractive saleroom estimate of £25,000 – £30,000.
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[Source: H&H Auctions]