Press release: Buxton Beckons – April 12/13

H&H’s first sale of the year at the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire, will have something for everyone, with a modest selection of motorcycles to satisfy the two-wheel brigade, circa 80 classic cars of all types and a fine selection of automobilia.

Alvis fans have a choice of two Speed 20s – an SA Tourer or an SD saloon.
The former is an outstanding example of this rare car. Finished in green with red leather interior, it has been in its current ownership for the last 20 years. It carries an estimate of £30,000-£35,000. The Lancefield alloy-bodied SD saloon is believed to have been exhibited by this London coachbuilder at the 1935 London Motor Show and was first purchased by George Hoy Booth – better known as George Formby. The 112,564 mileage displayed is thought to be genuine. Estimate: £16,000-£20,000.

The 1964 Bentley S3 Continental Sports Coupe was originally built for Sir Robert McAlpine. Finished in metallic blue it is believed to have covered only 49,000 miles from new. Following a considerable amount of refurbishment, it is now ready to compete in rallies and concours events. It provides a rare opportunity to acquire an outstanding example of one of the world’s most sought after marques for a fraction of the restoration cost.
Estimate: £35,00-£40,000.

There is also a mint 1974 ming blue Bentley Corniche Convertible. Trimmed in magnolia hide, it is a superb example of this rare and desirable model and carries an estimate of £28,000-£32,000.

Many cars are described as unique, but are not – the 1985 Buckingham Sports Saloon in this sale most certainly is, with its classical aluminium and steel body housing a myriad of modern technology! Built by Aston Martin Lagonda craftsmen to the order of one Martin Anthony Harvey over five years, it is 20ft long, 6ft 8.5in wide and weighs in at 2.7 tons. It is powered by a 5.3 litre Jaguar V12 engine.

Its striking body is finished in burgundy and champagne, while the sumptuous interior features a mix of champagne and black leather and rosewood. Among the car’s many outstanding details are its gullwing rear doors and the Buckingham badge, which was produced by Garrards, the Queen’s jeweller, from gold and back enamel. The Swan mascot depicts the symbol of Buckinghamshire where the car was made. Built regardless of cost, the car has covered just
286 miles from new. Estimate: £30,000-£35,000.

The charming 1922 Chevrolet 490 Open Tourer has covered just 7,965 miles from new, so is barely run in! On the button and ready to go, it carries an estimate of £12,000-£13,000. H&H has unearthed yet another ‘barn find’ – this time a red 1970 Lamborghini Espada that has lain untouched for the last
19 years. It is expected to fetch £2,500-£3,500.

Jaguars currently seem to abound at H&H sales and there will be a fair sprinkling of this ever-popular British marque at Buxton. They include: a superb blue 1959 XK150S Fixed Head Coupe finished in blue – estimate:
£28,000-£32,000; an equally stunning, restored silver 1966 4.2 litre E-Type Roadster – estimate: £28,00-£32,000; an early V12 E-Type Coupe in outstanding order with just 43,759 miles to its name – estimate £13,000-£15,000; and a clean red 1973 V12 E-Type Roadster carrying an estimate of £25,000-£28,000.

Among the Mercedes are a pretty 1978 350SL with both hard and soft tops
(estimate: £5,000-£6,000) and a rare and very clean white 1963 190SL, also with both hard and soft tops. Fully restored, it carries an estimate of £23,000-£25,000.

A number of the ever-popular MGBs will come under the hammer, including a concours 1973 Roadster (estimate: £7,500-£8,500) and a 1974 ‘chrome bumper’
GT (estimate: £2,500-£3,500).

H&H has been setting records for its automobilia sales ever since Matthew Kershaw was appointed to handle this area of the business and he has assembled another eclectic mix of lots for the forthcoming auction. Among them is a fine collection of motorcycle items including: a number of signed Barry Sheene books and photos (estimate: £100-£150) and a pencil/watercolour artwork of the motorcycle ace commissioned by Motorcycle News in the ’70s, to celebrate honouring the multi-champion with their ‘Man of the Year’
award. Sheene subsequently donated it as a raffle prize. Estimate:
£200-£400.

There are also a selection of books, posters and photos signed by other such giants of motorcycle racing as: John Surtees, Carl Fogarty, Troy Bayliss, Neil Hodgson, Mike Hailwood and Steve Hislop.

Lightboxes are currently much in demand and examples of both Hercules and Pratts Perfection (estimate: £700-£900) boxes are on offer, while it’s worth noting that the last Pratts one handled by H&H fetched a cool £2,400.

Pedal cars are another popular item and none more so than the rare single-seater Austin Pathfinder that preceded the ubiquitous Austin J40.
While circa 30,000 J40s were built between 1950 and 1971, total Pathfinder production was 1/10th of that number and good ones rarely come up for sale these days. The fully restored white example on offer carries an estimate of £2,500-£3,500.

The automobilia sale will be held on Tuesday April 12 and the car and motorcycle sale on Wednesday April 13.