DORSET Vintage and Classic Auctions’ first sale at their new venue of Athelhampton House, near Dorchester, was perhaps their largest to date, offering more than 50 cars, motorcycles and historic commercials, as well as some 200 lots of interesting automobilia.
Notable sale successes included a one-family-from-new Alvis TD21 Series II Drophead Coupe in need of a little TLC, which found a new home for an excellent £53,350, and an outstandingly restored 1956 Jaguar XK140 3.4 fixed head coupe which was purchased by an enthusiast for £63,800.
DVCA also offered two Rileys: a late Monaco Saloon of 1937 vintage which sold to a collector of the marque for £9,460, and a beautiful 1952 RME Saloon that fetched a startling £22,220. The surprise of the auction, though, was the £8,525 paid for a 1964 Austin Mini Countryman, which although a rare motor, did require much attention.
An epic 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, a special bicentennial edition resplendent in white, headed off to Finland for £10,450;
A super 1940 Leyland FK8 Pump Escape fire engine found a new home with a steam devotee for £8,690;
The unusual 1954 Peugeot 203 Camionnette was purchased by a keen Francophile who intends to drive his pick-up truck all the way down to Southern France;
The 1917 Ford Model T 2.9 ‘Speedster’ Special and the well-sorted 1952 Alvis TA21 Tickford Drophead Coupe both sold well to vintage and classic car enthusiasts for £13,475 and £22,275 respectively. A Morris Mini Mk II Auto that was entered as a charity lot made £3,575 for Cornwall-based St Petroc’s Society.
DVCA’s autumn auction resulted in a 77% sale rate which, considering the economic climate, was a very pleasing result indeed. Their Christmas sale will be held on Thursday 5th December. For more information, please contact Brian Chant on 01963 363353 or visit http://www.dvca.co.uk.