Footman James takes in the H&H auction

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Tags: classic car, auction, mercedes benz

Spaces were at a premium as a fine array of vintage motors went under the hammer at H&H Classics’ popular Pavilion Gardens venue in Buxton, Derbyshire.

The 81-lot catalogue featured a glorious 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SL ‘Pagoda’ that eventually sold for £55,160 after a fierce bidding war - while a 1928 Ford Model A Roadster fetched a cool £17,360.

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Two of our guys, Dave Youngs, Business Development Executive, and Stuart Moore, Business Growth Coordinator, were at the Buxton auction to discuss our classic car insurance policies with the lucky winners. A 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SL ‘Pagoda’ sold for £55,160

In fact, five of those who treated themselves a new set of wheels were able to insure it there and then with FJ.

It was also a typically busy day for the team of auctioneers, led by managing director Simon Hope. They sold 70 of the 81 cars up for sale - a rate of 86% - as buyers came from near and far to splash the cash.

The 1967 right-hand drive Mercedes-Benz 250 SL was the undoubted star of the show. It smashed its £38,000 to £42,000 estimate, with bidders captivated by its new paint job and fresh trim, not to mention hard and soft tops.

Other notable sales included a Ford 1931 A 45-B 5-window Coupe, which went for £10,684.

A restored 1960 Land Rover 88 Series 2, which had the original chassis retained and OEM panels employed, achieved £11,760.

Elsewhere, a 1998 BMW M Coupé - one of the five to be insured with FJ on the day - finally sold for £26,320 after some spirited bidding, while a 2000 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage with the rarer 6-speed manual box and just 41,000 miles on the clock saw the hammer come down at £23,520.

The high sale rate was boosted by 11 ‘No Reserve’ cars on a one-way journey. In total, the 70 cars sold for £542,872 including premium, meaning the average amount forked out per classic was £7,868.

Quite a day!