In the excitement of the big name auctions it’s easy to forget the smaller auction companies. This is often where you will find the more interesting lots and possibly a bargain. We preview the October H&H auction at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford.
2004 Bentley Continental GT
Modern Bentley ownership with a reserve of just $25,000–$27,000, sound tempting? The world stood still when the new Continental GT was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in 2003. Muscular, elegant and obviously a Bentley the W12, twin-turbocharged car was also incredibly powerful. 552bhp, 0-60 in 4.8 seconds and a top speed just a sniff under 200mph.
Take one for a drive and you can’t help but fall for its charms of slow speed cruising comfort and elegance mixed with supercar power on tap. While this car is on a rather impressive 83,500 miles it has a solid history to back it up and that’s what is most important with a car like this. These are expensive cars to run and the history should be full and gap free to give you peace of mind that the previous owner looked after it properly.
Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.6-16 Evolution II
Conceived to challenge the BMW E30 M3 in the world-famous German Touring Car Championship (DTM) the Evo II was Mercedes’ wild answer and in 1992 they took the first three places in the championship. Just 502 examples were built, making it rarer than the mighty BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution. This particular car has covered around 45,000 miles which whilst more than a collector would like does mean the car can be used and at a tempting estimate of $75,000-$87,000, this could be a very shrewd and enjoyable investment.
Porsche 911 GT2 Club Sport
One of just 16 UK supplied RHD cars and still with its original invoice of $163,783, this is a very intriguing prospect. A one owner car purchased new from Park Lane in London by a racing driving with whom it has resided ever since. Known to many as the ‘widow maker’ the GT2 is not for the faint hearted and today will still give most modern supercars a run for their money. Many didn’t survive ownership and were crashed so finding an original straight car with no previous damage is important when buying a GT2. $118,000-$143,000 is an estimate that will attract a lot of interest.
Alfa Romeo GT1600 Junior
A useable Alfa Romeo with a few choice upgrades for $17,000-$22,000. There are two options here. Buy the car, enjoy it, keep it running and perhaps sell it next summer for a small profit. Or, you could buy it and turn it into the iconic GTA, recreation cars are often built from these models and a well-built recreation will sell for $100,000-$125,000. The trouble is, once you have done that you might not want to sell it!
H&H’s October auction is on the 12th. After the madness of RM Sotheby’s London sale, we’ll be watching this sale closely to see how the market sits.
Photo credit: © H&H Classics Limited
Tim Hutton has been involved in the automotive industry for 17 years, creating ideas and content for premium brands. When not writing about cars, you will find him driving them all around the world. Having learned to drive at seven in a racing car, gasoline is very much in his veins.