£1m worth of motoring exotica sold at Harrogate auction

1965 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Berlinetta
1965 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Berlinetta

Sales at an auction of rare cars, motorcycles and automobilia in Harrogate topped £1m.

Collectors from across the world gathered at the Yorkshire Event Centre this week to view and bid for iconic motoring exotica.

The centrepiece of the Bonhams auction was a Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Berlinetta from 1965, which sold for £68,700, easily surpassing its £30,000 to £40,000 estimate.

The restoration project car was originally sold to an army captain in Wiltshire, but was shipped across the Atlantic to the USA until 1989.

It then took part in the Norwich Union Run, but has remained largely unused since then.

Bonhams Group Motoring Director James Knight said: “This sale has grown year on year, and we had over 300 items of automobilia, 100 motorbikes and nearly 100 motorcars, it was one of the largest sales we have had.

“The range and spectrum off the items is huge. They were in varying levels of condition, from the dawn of motoring up to pre-owned cars.

“Over the last few years there has been sustained growth in the market for classic cars.”

Other highlights from the annual sale included a 1933 MG Midget J2/J4 Sports, which sold for £44,850 and a 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2L 2+2 Coupe in British Racing Green.

A 1983 BMW 798cc R80 G/S motorcycle sold for £5,175, over its £3,500 to £4,500 estimate.

A restored 281 Gilbert and Barker hand operated petrol pump sold for £1,500.

In total 475 lots were sold, totalling £1,042,795.

See next week’s Harrogate Advertiser for more photographs from the event.