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Mercedes SL Pagoda leads the way at H&H sale

The 1967 250 SL auto was expected to achieve £42,000, but went on to sell for £55,160. The original right-hand-drive, signal red car was resprayed and retrimmed in 2011 by Mercedes expert, Silchester Garage, and had recently been serviced. It was sold with hard and soft-tops, and a large history file, including MOTs and invoices dating back to 1977.

A selection of pre-war Fords from the late Walter Witney’s collection also exceeded expectations. Two contrasting Model T trucks –one in barn-find condition and the other restored – were snapped up during the 25 February sale.

First under the hammer was a three-owner 1922 truck was first registered to Northampton County Council. However, it’s believed to have seen service during World War One prior to that – this could explain the unusual letterbox shaped hole in its windscreen. It was sold as seen for £5,300.

It was followed by a restored left-hand-drive spec version with an overdrive system. Although an older restoration, the cab and bed are understood to have been painted recently by Witney. This Model T sold for £7,700 – nearly £1,000 above estimate.

Another high-achiever at H&H’s first sale of 2015 was a 1928 Ford Model A Roadster. Previously owned by the chairman of the Model A Ford Club of GB, the Roadster had a gearbox refurb in 2010 and then took part in tours of the Loire Valley and Isle of Man. It has some modern conveniences, such as 12-volt electrics and an alternator. It sold for £17,300 – more than £4,000 above estimate.

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By Claire Evans

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