Cars were the stars but there were surprises galore at sale.
Brightwells auction house managed the UK's biggest classic car sale at their most recent event. These ranged in age from a 1910 Delage to a 2001 Morgan V6 Roadster prototype, and in price from a pounds 300 Chrysler Avenger to a pounds 75,000 Lombard racing car.
Out of the 100 cars offered for sale on the day, 79 found new homes, giving an impressive sale rate of 79% and a total turnover of pounds 560,000 including the 10% buyer's premium.
"It was our best sale to date in terms of percentage of cars sold," confirmed Brightwells' classic car chief James Dennison.
"It was a fantastic achievement for an end of season sale. It was also the biggest sale of classic cars in the UK this year, putting Brightwells firmly on the map and showing that not only can we pull in the entries, we can get them sold as well."
Noteworthy prices on the day included the pounds 30,000 plus premium paid for a very tidy 1953 Jaguar XK120 roadster, the pounds 27,800 paid for a well restored 1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Sports Saloon and the pounds 27,500 paid for a beautiful 1955 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN2.
At the more modern end of the scale, pounds 8,600 was strong money for a 1997 BMW 840Ci as was pounds 7,800 for a 1992 Mercedes 300SL and pounds 20,500 for the 2001 Morgan V6 prototype.
A beautifully restored 1936 Riley Merlin also did well to fetch pounds 9,500 as did a 1955 Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire 346 which fetched a very healthy pounds 10,200.
At the cheaper end of the scale, a totally original and low mileage 1963 Austin A40 Farina did exceptionally well to raise pounds 3,500 and a completely derelict 1960 Jaguar XK150 3.4 fixed head coupe amazed everyone by fetching a well above estimate pounds 4,800, despite the fact that it looked completely beyond economic repair.
All four of the Jaguar XJ-S V12 convertibles sold, proving that there is still a strong demand for these fine but thirsty cars, despite the horrendous price of petrol these days.
They ranged in price from pounds 7,000 to just pounds 2,800. The six E-Types were also all sold for good money, ranging from pounds 18,000 for a nice 1965 Series 1 4.2 fixed head to pounds 8,500 for a 1969 Series 2 2+2 with poor paint.
Bargain of the day had to be the 1969 Bentley T1 with sticking brake calipers but otherwise very sound which fetched a lowly pounds 3,600, and the very scruffy but running 1980 Jaguar XJ-S V12 which only staggered to pounds 350.
Best seller among the bikes was a 1959 BSA Gold Star DB32 which made pounds 5,500, while the 275 lots of automobilia netted a further pounds 18,500. All the prices quoted do not include the buyer's premium of 10%+VAT.
For details of the next Brightwells sale in Leominster see www.brightwells.com or call 01568 611122