Bonhams Makes Record $1.5m at Oxford Motor Show

LONDON (March 8, 2010) – Bonhams achieved superb results this weekend at the Collectors’ Motor Car and Automobilia sale in Oxford, fetching a grand total of $1,532,174 and an 86% sale rate with 44 out of 51 car lots selling.

The top price of $250,764 was paid, as expected, for a fabulous 1956 Bentley S1 Continental Fastback with coachwork by H J Mulliner, while the other Bentley in the sale – a 1964 Bentley S3 Continental Coupé with coachwork by H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd fetched an impressive $93,377. The 1989 Ford RS200 Group B Homologation road car attracted the second top price in the sale – $131,488.

The 1936 Alvis Speed 25 Saloon was hotly contended for in a ten-way bidding battle, in which a number of European countries were represented. The car – a barn discovery – eventually sold to an Irish bidder for $46,766.

More modestly priced classics also performed well, including a 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe, which sold for $32,477.

James Knight, Head of the Motoring department at Bonhams, comments; “This was our second sale at Oxford, and yet again delivered a very strong performance. The test for any new venue is looking at how you perform the second time. I am thrilled that Bonhams and this fabulous venue passed the test with flying colours.”

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