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Willey Collection
Monday 07 December 2015

RARE COLLECTIONS OF STUNNING MOTOR CARS ACHIEVE INCREDIBLE PRICES AT BONHAMS

Rare automotive Classics filled Bonhams Bond Street salerooms on Sunday 6 December, as more than 25 motorcars, including two highly prized collections, sold to achieve more than £8.8 million.
  • Highly prized, rare collections brought bidders to Bonhams, as both the Gordon Willey Collection of rare collectors’ motor cars, and the Arthur Carter Collection of Austin Healeys went under the hammer
  • Formerly the property of Johnnie Walker heir Rob Walker, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 sold for £516,700, and the personal motor car of Donald Healey, the 1953 Austin-Healey 100/’100S’ Coupé, sold for £639,900
  • A 1960 Jaguar XK150 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé set a new world record for the model, soaring to more than double top estimate, achieving £427,100; a rare, manual 2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica Convertible rose far above estimate to achieve £611,900, and a 1937 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG45 Rapide Tourer sold for £785,500
The Lancashire-based Gordon Willey Collection saw 100% sold, including a stunning 1964 Aston Martin DB5. Originally owned by Johnnie Walker heir and celebrated motor-racing figure, Rob Walker, the DB5 achieved £516,700. Further collection highlights include the 1929 Bentley 4½-Litre Tourer, bought by a British bidder in the room for £667,900, and the ex-Billy Cotton 1938 Frazer Nash-BMW 328 Roadster, sold for £617,500. The second half of the Gordon Willey Collection will be sold at Bonhams December Sale, taking place this Thursday 10 December at the RAF Hendon Museum.
 
Featuring some of the world’s best examples of great British marque, Austin-Healey, the Arthur Carter Collection saw buoyant bidding in the saleroom. Arthur Carter assembled the greatest collection of Austin-Healeys, including a 1953 Austin-Healey 100/’100S’ Coupé, the much loved everyday car of marque founder, Donald Healey. After intense bidding, the coupé sold to a bidder in the room for £639,900.
 
“We’ve seen some excellent figures achieved at the annual Bond Street Sale, with over £8.8 million sold, and a new world record set for the 1960 Jaguar XK150 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé, which soared to an incredible £427,100,” said James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director.
 
Further Sale highlights include a 1937 Lagonda 4½-Litre LG45 Rapide Tourer, sold for £785,500, a 2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica Convertible, sold for £611,900, and the personal Rolex wristwatch of Austin Healey founder, Donald Healey, sold for more than double estimate to achieve £25,300.
 
Bonhams record-breaking motoring department now look forward to the final sale of the year, the December Sale, taking place 10 December at the RAF Hendon Museum.
 
For further information on Bonhams motoring department visit: https://www.bonhams.com/departments/MOT-CAR/.
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