H&H sold out of catalogues at the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton on April 27th such was the crowd of would-be buyers came to peruse the 106 motorcars on offer. Smart examples from Ferrari, Jaguar and Jensen all sold well but it was the bidding over a forlorn, engine-less 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL restoration project and a much-loved, unmodified 2001 Subaru Impreza P1 that really got tongues wagging.
1961 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL BARN FIND PROJECT - SOLD FOR £38,250
H&H Classics holds the world record for the most expensive right-hand drive Mercedes-Benz 190SL ever sold at public auction (£224,250 achieved in November 2021) and so know that there is strong interest in these stylish Roadsters. However, the example that went under the hammer had been stripped for restoration many years ago and lost its engine and gearbox as well. Deemed ‘too steep a mountain to climb’ by some of those who viewed it, the two-seater was nonetheless fiercely contested with interest from Texas, India and the UK. It eventually sold to a Brit for an estimate busting £38,250.
2001 Subaru Impreza P1:
Among the most successful rally cars of all time, the Subaru Impreza has a loyal following. There are numerous ‘Scooby’ derivatives and while the ‘22B’ is the most valuable, the ‘P1’ (or Prodrive One) is rightly prized for its pedigree, rarity and driving experience. The Impreza’s distinctive sounding, the turbocharged flat-four engine is readily tuneable with countless owners succumbing to the temptation to unleash more horsepower. Thus, finding a completely stock P1 is something of a rarity especially if it has been in single ownership for twenty years like the sale car. Estimated at £25,000 - £30,000 the smartly presented Subaru (number 712 out of 1,000) drew international interest and eventually sold for £49,500.
2001 Subaru Impreza P1 – Sold for £49,500
1972 Jensen Interceptor SP:
Notable as the most powerful Interceptor ever made, the SP (or Six Pack) boasted more horsepower and torque than period supercars such as the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona or Lamborghini Miura SV. Previously supplied and fettled by marque specialist Cropredy Bridge, the sale car was one of only twenty-five to be finished in Reef Blue (from a total production run of 232). An older restoration with an impressive history file, it approached the top estimate at £59,625.
1972 Jensen Interceptor SP:
1972 Jensen Interceptor SP - sold for £59,625
1973 Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster:
Finished in the unusual and fetching combination of British Racing Green with Moss Green upholstery, the 1973 Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster on offer had the added advantage of being a home market car. One of the most viewed cars in the auction, it attracted strong bidding and sold for £72,000.
1973 Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster - sold for £72,000
An understated Ferrari with room for four on occasion, the 365GT4 2+2 that went under the hammer was one of just 94 UK-supplied RHD examples. Finished in its original colour combination of Marrone Collarado with Beige upholstery, the svelte Pininfarina styled Coupe had covered just 52,000 miles from new and been treated to £50,000 worth of recent expenditure. Looking decidedly good value when compared to its flashier siblings, it made £68,625
1973 Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 - sold for £68,625