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Bumper prices at Historics' first auction of 2015

It was the largest sale so far for the Brooklands Museum based auction house, with the biggest revenue and the highest attendance. And that seemed to bolster the results, with more than 30 cars exceeding their upper estimate, and a handful of them shooting way past the predicted figures. The biggest achiever was a 1979 Maserati Khamsin with four owners and 45,000 miles. It was estimated at £80,000, but sold for £126,500 – more than 50% above the estimate.

The biggest achiever was a 1979 Maserati Khamsin with four owners and 45,000 miles. It was estimated at £80,000, but sold for £126,500 – more than 50% above the estimate. 

Next into the ring was a time-warp 1972 Bentley Corniche coupe with just 1,800 miles on its clock. The one-owner car had been stored for 15 years, then recommissioned. But the owner fell ill after the work was completed, so the car wasn’t used. It was estimated at £39,000, but sold for £71,500.

Another rarely seen car, a 2001 Ferrari 550 World Speed Record edition, also proved popular. Believed to be the penultimate of 33 cars built, and the only one finished in Rosso red, the 550 had covered less than 25,000 miles. It was expected to achieve around £160,000, but sold for £176,000.

It wasn’t the highest price of the six-hour sale though. That accolade went to a freshly restored Aston Martin DB6. The 1968 model, finished in metallic blue, sold for £188,100.

Modern classics also made good money at the 7 March sale. Best of these was a 1999 Jaguar XK8 convertible with full main dealer service history and a warranted 48,000 miles. Although its paintwork wasn’t in perfect condition, it sold for £9,900 – more than 30% above its estimate.

Another car that appears to be on the up is the DeLorean DMC-12. A 1981 car with 50,000 miles sold for £27,500 - again above its estimate. 

By far the most unusual sale lot was a 1971 Augusta Bell 204b Huey helicopter. Believed to have been originally used as a training aircraft for the Italian army, the camouflage painted chopper was complete but hadn’t been used for 20 years. It sold for £15,400.

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By Claire Evans

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