Bentley is a best seller at Bonhams' £1.9m sale alongside Aston Martin and Rolls Royce

An eclectic collection of cars, motorcycles and Automobilia came up for sale at Bonhams last Saturday, as part of the 14th annual Beaulieu Autojumble event.

Once again, the sale proven to be a great success, making a total of £1.9 million ($2.96m) with an impressive 86% of lots sold.

Despite the wide range of lots available to collectors, it was classic cars that proved the dominant force at the auction, with many classic brands demonstrating the potential returns on an investment.

Arguably the climax of the event came with the sale of an Ex-Forrest Lycett 1927 Bentley 3.0 Litre Speed Model Tourer.

Ex-Forrest Lycett 1927 Bentley 3.0 Litre Speed Model Tourer

The car rolled up to auction with a pre-sale estimate of £180,000-220,000 ($280,000 - 342,180).

However, this price was quickly exceeded as investors drove the price up to an impressive £305,100 ($474,550).

Another high point of the day came with the sale of a 1922 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Tourer. Originally owned by Mrs Maud Gordon Bennet, the Baroness George de Reuter, this fine automobile sold for £128,000 ($199,090).

A similarly impressive price was reached for the 1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II Sports Saloon, which rolled up for sale.

Once again, bidding was competitive with the car selling for a final price of £86,200 ($134,100) which was double the pre auction target.

Elsewhere, motorcycles performed well with 91% of lots sold at the event. One particular highlight saw a 1951 Vincent 499cc Comet which sold for £12,880 ($20,040) against a pre-sale estimate of £7,000 - 9,000 ($10,890 - 14,000).

Post war Aerial Square Fours motorcycles also demonstrated their potential with the sale of a 1953 edition for £11,500 ($17,900).

Tim Schofield, head of the UK Motorcar Department at the auction house, had this to say about the auction:

 "We are very pleased with the results - another bumper Beaulieu sale with excellent prices for both restoration projects and the finished article."

The sale was part of an excellent weekend for Bonhams and classic cars, with Saturday also seeing a world record price for a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 at their  Weekend de l'Excellence Automobile which was held at the famous Grand Prix circuit of Reims-Gueux in France.


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