THE beautiful spring sunshine brought out a large crowd of enthusiasts and collectors to Dorset Vintage and Classic Auctions’ spring auction, held at Athelhampton House, near Dorchester.
DVCA offered over 200 lots of interesting automobilia and memorabilia, including two private collections of enamel signs, and over 30 select vehicles to suit a variety of tastes and budgets.
The result of the day had to go to the superb one-owner from new 1972 Mercedes-Benz 220 Auto Saloon. For an astonishing £14,080, the Mercedes found a new home with a motoring collector in Devon.
A trio of exceptional concours-standard cars also achieved excellent prices: a 1962 MG A 1600 Mk II Roadster made £27,500, an ‘A Spec’ 1959 Daimler SP250 Dart sold for £36,300 and a 1949 Alvis TA14 Drophead Coupe was purchased for £22,000.
Later offerings included an original 1969 Rover P5B Saloon (£6,820), a well-cared for 1973 Triumph TR6 PI (£15,510), a 1970 Volvo 131 two-door saloon requiring some TLC (£5,940) and a 1961 Ford Zephyr Mk II Saloon (£7,590).
Mini enthusiasts were well catered for by two examples: a one-owner-from-new 1984 Austin Mini 1000 City E (£4,180) and a beautifully restored limited edition Paul Smith 1998 Rover Mini that made £6,600.
A life-long Vintage Sports Car Club member from Wales bought the 1936 Austin 7 Nippy Sports for £11,220, and a Land Rover collector living in America bought the unrestored 1987 Range Rover 3.5 V8 EFi Auto for a very respectable £950.
DVCA is now accepting entries for its summer sale on July 9.