Brightwells Classic & Vintage Auction – Leominster
July 10 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free Viewing, 9.00am – 7.00pm on Tuesday 9th July 2019 and on the day of the sale.
The year got off to a good start at Brightwells on 6th March with over 76% of entries in the Classic & Vintage Car & Motorcycle sale being successfully hammered away for a total of £1.1m. As ever there was a huge crowd in attendance plus plenty of European interest in the 140+ lots on offer, with a good number of phone and internet bidders from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.
Top price of the day went to a lovely 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS which had covered only 30k miles in the hands of three owners and raised a well-deserved £57,720. Not too far behind was its great period rival, a 1986 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera with just under 50k on the clock, which made £35,750 despite needing thorough recommissioning following 20 years in storage – not usually a major issue with these tough air-cooled machines.
15th May Sale Report
Records tumble as 78% of entries sell and an AC Greyhound tops the lot at another packed Brightwells sale
The May sale always draws a huge crowd at Brightwells as enthusiasts flock to the Leominster saleroom to compete for the chance to buy a new set of wheels to enjoy over the summer season. An unusually large assortment of classics were on offer ranging from a 1924 Amilcar CC to a 2005 Aston Martin DB9, the dazzling variety of interesting machines attracting bidders from as far afield as Hong Kong, America and Australia. By the end of a long afternoon, 146 of the 186 vehicles on offer had successfully changed hands to give an impressive sale rate of 78% for a total of almost £1.4m.
Top seller of the day was a beautifully mellowed 1962 AC Greyhound, one of only 83 made and only six with the AC engine which had attracted a huge amount of pre-sale interest from all over the world. Quickly flying past its £40k – £50k estimate it was finally hammered away for £82,500 and is now destined for a new home in Tasmania. This sets a new auction record for the model, the last Greyhound publicly offered in recent times being a Bristol-engined version that was also sold by Brightwells in 2013 for £52,800. The price realised is over £10k more than the Hagerty Insurance valuation for a Greyhound in concours condition so their figures will now require some recalibration. Even at this price you could still call it a good buy when you consider that the best of the mechanically identical Ace and Aceca models are now fetching £250k+ and £150k+ respectively.
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