Slideshow: Motoring fans spend £1m at Harrogate auction

More than £1m of cars, motorcycles and automobilia were sold at Bonhams Harrogate sale this week.

Enthusiasts and collectors from across the world gathered at the Yorkshire Event Centre to view the exotic metal, and bid to own a slice of motoring history.

Bonhams car auction. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1311127AM11)

Bonhams car auction. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1311127AM11)

A fierce bidding war for a white 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage sports saloon restoration project car involved online bidders, too.

It was eventually snapped up for £131,420 by a Chinese buyer, and the car will now be shipped east to its new owner.

It is expected the buyer will have to find a further £100,000 to restore the iconic British sports car to its former glory.

James Knight, Bonhams group motoring director, said: “The demand for Astons, and those that require extensive restoration - known as barn discoveries - is still very much evident.

“The strong result was achieved after a protracted bidding contest, with the online bidder succeeding over representation in the room.”

The car arrived in Harrogate having not been used since the 1990s by its owner in northern Scotland, and was valued ahead of the auction at £60,000 - £90,000.

Another car to exceed its estimate in sale was a 1969 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 roadster.

Initially valued between £18,000 and £22,000, a buyer for the red edition of a car which continues to inspire the styling of modern sports cars spent £32,200.

Across the room, a 1935 Excelsior 350cc Model F12 Manxman motorcycle sold for £15,525.

The bike recently arrived in the UK having been taxed for use in South Africa.

A 1949 Triumph roadster 2000 convertible, as used by TV detective Jim Bergerac on the hit TV show, sold for £23,000.

Royal fans were present to get a look at a 1968 Morris Minor that belonged to Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Countess of Wessex.

The car sold for £4,600.

John Polson, of Bonhams Car Department said: “We were delighted to be back at Harrogate once again for our annual sale, with a selection of cars to suit every taste and in the case of the Triumph and Morris Minor cars which reach beyond the normal motoring world to have connections with royalty and popular culture.”

The second highest amount spent was £85,500 on a 1938 Frazer Nash TT replica, valued at £80,000 - £100,000.

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