As the sun set on Historics' latest auction, the sale of Her Majesty The Queen's personal Daimler leant a regal air to proceedings on the last day of summer,as83 of the bumper line-up of 121 cars offered found new owners, with the 69% sale ratio bringing in over £1.4million for the Brooklands based auction house.
With provenance always recognised as being of the utmost importance, it was no surprise to see the 2001 Daimler V8 Saloon (LWB), which for four years was the personal transportation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, amongst the most hotly contested Lots.
As Brooklands bathed in sunshine, fervent bidding was witnessed online as well as via the telephone and in the busy auction hall, with the pre-sale estimate (£25,000 - £30,000) comfortably beaten as the beautifully maintained Daimler sold for a final price of £45,360.
Appearing equally stately, there was no shortage of spending on a number of 1930's offerings, with four of the top ten sales on Saturday coming from that decade, bucking the era of post Wall Street Crash austerity and pre-war trepidation in which they were originally manufactured.
Top of that particular pile was a 1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB VandenPlas Drop Head Coupé, which was sold for £95,200, whilst a 1936 Alvis Silver Eagle Four Seat Open Tourer (£35,280) bookended a pair Lagonda's. A 1933 16/80 S-Type Special Six (£53,760) was bettered just by the 1936 3 Litre Continental Open Tourer which found a new home for £64,960.
Also in the top ten sales - led by a 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster (£100,800) - was a regal red 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL formally owned by actor Denholm Elliot CBE which performed admirably to reach £61,040.
With auction-goers awash with warm weather, it was no surprise to see two convertibles amongst the mostly hotly contested Lots. A beautifully prepared 1966 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider soared beyond its pre-sale estimate of £14,000 - £18,000 to a price of £26,320, whilst a 1975 Fiat 124 Spider likewise superseded its potential (£3,500 - £5,500) to fetch £7,840.
With nearly half of all consignments British, it was no surprise to see the birthplace of British motorsport playing host to a number of impressive performances by UK cars.
Alongside the show-stopping E-Type, a pristine 1964 Jaguar Mk. II Saloon (3.4 litre) showed its increasing popularity, finding a new owner for £38,080, whilst all five Rolls-Royce offered went to new homes; a 1929 20hp Dual-Cowl Boat Tail Tourer by F. W Griffin fetching £33,600, and a 193825/30 Limousine by Thrupp&Maberlyseen away for £22,400.
Aston Martin have long been experiencing a rise in values, with the DB5 pulling up prices across the marque, and Historics' trio of 1970's V8 cars saw keen bidding. A 1977 V8 Series III Saloon fetched £35,840, just ahead of a 1978 V8 Oscar India that realised £32,480, while a DBS V8 Saloon restoration project was offered at No Reserve and finally went for £29,120.
Commenting on Historics' latest sale, Auction Director Edward Bridger-Stille remarked; "this sale shows that the appetite for varied consignments is as competitive as ever; where else would you see a royal Daimler for sale alongside a Special Forces Reconnaissance Land Rover and a Bentley Turbo R race car or an Alvis Speed 20?
"We're working harder than ever to consign cars and get a catalogue together that caters for the widest consumer, and I'd urge everyone to come along in the autumn to our next sale at Mercedes-Benz World, whether you're a serious collector or avid enthusiast", he concluded.