A TRIO of Italian sports cars topped the popularity polls at Barons’ Spring Classic sale at Sandown Park.
However, in an auction in which several lots powered past top estimate, the biggest battle was over a one-owner, 1963 Triumph TR4, which sold for more than double estimate after frenzied bidding
The highest price of the day was the £79,200 achieved for an immaculate 2004 Lamborghini Murcielago, reinforcing that fine examples of this supercar will command premium prices.
It was joined on the ‘podium’ for top spot by a very pretty 1959 Alfa Romeo 2000 Touring Spider, which exceeded top estimate to sell for £35,750, and a 1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal restoration project, which also exceeded estimate, at £27,500.
Bidding on the highly original Triumph TR4 was quite extraordinary, with a tenacious telephone bidder finally securing it for £26,950. The one-owner car has sat in a garage since its road tax ran out in November 1991, and the bidding battle to over double estimate reflected both the desirability of this classic British sports car and the importance of interesting provenance.
Another iconic British model to power past top estimate was a superb 1973 MG B roadster, which has had almost 3,000 man-hours spent on refurbishment. The new owner drove that away for £20,350. And a charming 1935 Riley Falcon – which was in the same ownership for 77 years from 1935 to 2012 – has gone to just its third owner, for £15,765.
It was a very busy saleroom again, creating a great atmosphere for the auction. Many of the cars that did not sell under the hammer generated a lot of interest afterwards, most notably a Triumph TR3, which subsequently sold. Barn-find and restoration projects are still very much in vogue; in addition to the Alfa Montreal, a Jensen Interceptor and Volvo P1800s sold under the hammer.
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