Highlight for many was the Grosser Werkmeister, a one-off racer built in the German Democratic Republic and based around BMW 328 parts. The fabulously well-documented history no doubt helped to raise the ?498,340 that secured it for its new owner. The eclectic sale included everything from a Gaz 14 Chaika and Tatra garage door opener vehicle a reasonable ?11,000 and ?4750 respectively to a healthy. Yank representation including a set of nine Cadillacs.
Of the latter, a ?22k 1939 Imperial and garage door opener vehicle 1949 Fleetwood appeared good value. The biggest bargains were a tidy 2009-restored 1974 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super that attracted a top bid of just ?5340 and the ?19k paid for a ’64 Giulietta Sprint rally car. The ?47k shelled out for a BMW 2002 turbo also looked a good buy. Most of the prices seemed to be about on the money, however, including the ?108k bid for the one-owner Facel Vega Excellence.
A superb one-owner-until-2014, low-mileage ’74 De Tomaso Pantera attained ?63k, rightly eclipsing a less-desirable Federal-spec orange example by ?16k on the hammer. With the non-sale of the first BMW M1 to be road registered the 1978 example featured in many period magazine road-tests , the highest price after the Werkmeister was the ?435k paid for a ’68 Ferrari 330GTC. Behind that came an ’87 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV at ?253k, just ?4k ahead of a Martini-liveried Lancia Delta S4 Stradale. Although not rivalling the top lots, an ex-Aga Khan 1966 Maserati Quattroporte still made ?67,000, while a 1937 Fiat 1500 Sport 6C SC Barchetta with Zagato-style coach-work fetched ?76,0 Of the lots that didn’t shift, some that probably should have included an Amphicar 770 that bid to ?20k, a Maserati garage door opener vehicle SS 9 ?202k and a very late-entry Lancia Flaminia GT Touring Cabriolet ?77,000 .