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H&H’S INAUGURAL DUXFORD SALE ACHIEVES £1.25MILLIONWWII Spitfires are used to being centre stage, but one was among many historic planes moved to make room for H&H’s inaugural car, motorcycle, bicycle, automobilia and registration sale at the Duxford Imperial War Museum last week (October 9/10). A lovely 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC headlined the car section and determined bidding took it way past its top estimate to finish at a touch under £150,000 – an excellent figure by any standards. Aston Martins have been on the rise for some long time now and the very pretty metallic red DB6 Vantage surprised few by making £69,850. Its delightful Feltham-built relative, a black 1933 Aston Martin 12/50 Open Tourer, was on the money at £47,300. A stunning addition to any collection would be the very usable, pillar box red 1927 Lancia Lambda Series VII Tourer. This was also bang on the money at £42,900. All eyes were on the incredibly rare (one of only 44 made and the ONLY ‘Special’ Saloon) 1937 Autovia and how wonderful to have two others brought along by those attending the sale. On offer at ‘No Reserve’, it eventually changed hands for £26,400. Two cars completely outstripped their estimates. The first was a splendid British Racing Green 1957 Jaguar MKI 3.4-litre Saloon that, if cars could talk, would doubtless have an audience spellbound with its life’s experiences – not least because it had reputedly competed in both the Tulip and Monte Carlo rallies in its time. It more than doubled its anticipated sale figure at £25,300! The other major flyer was a very pretty polished aluminium 1951 Cooper MKV JAP-engined F3 car. The Ecurie Richmond mount of one time Works Cooper driver Alan Brown, the little chain-driven motorcycle-engined car was fiercely fought over by one bidder in the room and one on the telephone. The gavel finally fell at almost twice the expected total – ie at £27,500. The ex-Dickie Stoop, violet-coloured ‘barn find’ Lotus Elite also caused a great deal of interest and found a new home for £19,800, despite requiring extensive restoration. Hadley archives set new H&H house record The automobilia sale of October 9 was a great success, with excellent prices being achieved for bound magazine collections, sales brochures and car badges in particular. However it will be best remembered for the remarkable total achieved for the archives of pre/post war works racing driver Bert Hadley. The photos, artwork, trophies, clothing and other items of assorted memorabilia fetched £17,088.77 – way surpassing that of previous such collections sold by H&H and for which they have rightly gained an enviable reputation.Tags:,