H&H's final sale of the year totalled over £1.4m in sales, had a 77% sale rate, and attracted over 1000 visitors to the Pavillion Gardens in Buxton - a venue most readily associated with the Cheshire-based auction house.
The ongoing economic uncertainty was cast aside by the 400 registered bidders, and competition was keen in the sale room. Top prices went to the Vanden Plas bodied 1932 Talbot 105 Coupe des Alpes Fox Nicholl Team Car, going on to top estimate and sell for £201,000, and an ex-concours entrant 1936 SS Jaguar 100 - an impressive achievement for a high-quality example of the marque. The SS100, especially, was steeped in provenance, though – it was one of the earliest examples and had raced in America during 1938. The much-fancied ex-Patsy Burt 1966 McLaren M3A Formula Libre scored well for £78,000, while in contrast, the car requiring more work than anything else in the sale, the 1901 Decauville 8hp Tonneau, surpassed all expectations to fetch £91,500 (more than six times its catalogue low estimate figure). The other three ‘garage finds’ from the same long-term private collection also beat their top estimate figures: 1913 Daimler 30hp Landaulette (£44,500), 1925 Daimler 20hp Landaulette (£15,500) and 1913 Argyll 25/50 Tourer (£37,900). While, the similarly unrestored 1939 SS Jaguar 2.5 Litre Drophead Coupe which had been in the same family since 1946 fetched £29,000.
Auctioneer and Managing Director Simon Hope said: 'With interest rates widely predicted to fall still further there are undoubtedly those who would rather have their money sat in something enjoyable or at least tangible. However, the old car and world has not divorced itself from the greater financial reality and this is increasingly a market in which quality counts - be it in terms of condition, provenance or both.'For more information and images please contact H&H on 08458 33 44 55 or at www.handh.co.uk