02/05/2012 Bonhams at Hendon RAF Museum, 30 April 2012: Review
1973 Bristol 411 Sports Saloon: Sold for £14,950
It was standing room only (and tight in the car park, too) for Bonhams' annual RAF Museum sale. Successful bidders paid £191k for an S1 Bentley Continental, £40k for a 1959 Austin Mini Se7en and £15k for this Bristol 411.
The event, in other words, had ‘something for everyone’ - although perhaps Aston collectors were keeping their powder dry for the annual extravaganza that is the May Newport Pagnell auction, as neither of the 7-litre 80s V8s found new buyers. Nor did the two Shelby Mustang fastbacks. A surprise.
The star turn, though, was always going to be the little 1959 Austin Mini Se7en. Estimated at £12,000 – 15,000, the for-restoration car is believed to be the oldest surviving unrestored Mini. A cute little car, and a nice story – something someone thought was worth investing £40,250 in.
1985 Aston Martin Lagonda Saloon: Sold for £21,275
And speaking of stars, the man behind ‘Satisfaction’ and ‘Paint it Black’, Keith Richards, is an enthusiastic and skilful driver. Particularly at night, apparently, according to his biography… Lot 344 was a 1950 Pontiac Chieftain 'Silver Streak' Convertible, used by ‘Keef’ when in the South of France making 'Exile On Main St' in the early 70s. What price fame? Well, in this instance, £37,950.
Away from the Rock 'n' Roll lifestyle, other cars of interest to Classic Driver readers included the 1970 Jensen FF Mk II (£39,100), the £77,660 1969 AC 428 Coupé and the ‘floor change’, 1957 Lancia Aurelia B20GT Series VI Coupé which went for £46,000.
1975 Alfa Romeo Montreal 2.6-Litre: Sold for £18,975
£61,980 wasn’t bad going for the 1965 Jaguar E-type 4.2-Litre Series I Roadster, and someone bought a very nice – albeit LHD to RHD conversion – 1954 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster for £25,875, just the thing for a trip to the Le Mans Classic this July.
Oh, and finally, the 1977 Piper Aztec PA23-250 sold for £13,800.