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The Motor Sale: Results

16th May 2019.

Low mileage classics mixed with historic vehicles in Tennants Auctioneers’ first Motor Car, Motor Bike and Automobilia Sale of the year on 12th May, attracting crowds of eager bidders. The level of interest was reflected in a healthy 90% sold rate, and stand-out prices for top lots.

One of the highlights of the sale, and a magnet for motorbike enthusiasts, was a 1952 Vincent Black Shadow Series C, which sold for £40,000 (plus buyer’s premium). Part of the Eddie Saxton Collection of Vintage Motorbikes, the Black Shadow is regarded as the world’s first superbike and, with a top speed of 125mph, it was the fastest production motorcycle of its era. From the same collection was a Sunbeam Model 8.OHV, which topped it’s £5,000-7,000 estimate to sell for £12,500 (plus buyer’s premium).

A 1972 gold Rolls Royce Corniche II – the ultimate symbol of 1970s and 80s success – with only 28,000 miles on the clock lead the car section of the sale, selling for £51,000 (plus buyer’s premium). The oldest car in the sale was a Clément-Bayard, made in 1914, which had starred in the 1978 film of ‘The 39 Steps’ starring Robert Powell. This rare vehicle, with added provenance, sold for £20,000 (plus buyer’s premium). Further highlights included a 2007 Jaguar XKR Coupe (sold for £16,200 plus buyer’s premium), an 1929 Austin Seven ‘Chummy’ Tourer (sold for £11,800 plus buyer’s premium), a 1970 Morris Minor Traveller (sold for £7,500 plus buyer’s premium), and a 1989 Mini Mayfair with only 4830 miles on the clock (sold for £6,000 plus buyer’s premium).

Automobilia, as ever, proved in demand, with highlights including a pedal car of an Austin A40, which sold for £1,700 (plus buyer’s premium), and a 1920s/30s Illuminated Double Sided Shell Advertising Sign, which sold for £1,900 (plus buyer’s premium).

The sale resulted in a total hammer price of £309,145 for 294 lots, with a 90% sold rate.

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