Though it may have been a motorcycle that stole the show in Harrogate, UK, on Wednesday (November 18), Bonhams' auction also brought some exceptional results for fans of the four-wheeled variety.
Amongst the superb selection on offer in front of a packed house, three particular cars stood out and all were the subject of spirited bidding.
Top price in the classic cars section went to a stunning 1913 Wolseley Two-seat Tourer, eventually selling for £32,000.
Wolseley was one of Britain's foremost car manufacturers throughout the Edwardian period and into the 1920s (although the company was originally set up in Australia in 1887 to manufacture sheep-shearing equipment), and this was a superb example of a truly classic car.
Second was a 1913 Adler Kleinwagen Two-seater, which reached a hammer price of £29,325.
The vehicle, built in Frankfurt by the highly-respected former bicycle manufacturers, was described by Bonhams as ideal for VCC rallies, with a "lively performance" despite not having been driven for over 25 years.
The third highest-selling vehicle was a more modern example, the stylish 1947 Allard M1 Coupé. Characteristic of all racing driver Sydney Allard's post-war cars (who had himself won the Monte Carlo Rally driving one of his own designs), it was sold for an impressive £28,750.
All in all the auction was a resounding success, and the loving care and attention given to the vehicles was evident in their high quality of restoration.
It was definite proof that alternative investments such as classic cars are continuing to bring years of enjoyment as well as excellent financial returns to collectors around the world.
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