Hot on the heels of the inaugural Bicester Heritage sale, Brightwells returns on Saturday 24th June as the official auction partner for Flywheel. The first Brightwells at Bicester Heritage auction, on 5th April, posted an impressive 75% sale rate, grossed more than £1m in sales value and attracted buyers from as far afield Canada, Dubai and Singapore.
Matthew Parkin, classic and vintage auction consultant at Brightwells, said: “We thoroughly enjoyed attending Flywheel last year and met some exceptionally knowledgeable classic car enthusiasts. We’re thrilled, therefore, to be back again for 2017, and able to offer the full auction experience to event visitors, buyers and sellers alike.”
Quality classics with interesting histories are the order of the day for Saturday, one of the star lots, a 1930 straight-eight Delage (estimate £150,000 - £180,000) having been owned by Big Band Impresario Philip Cardew before the War. Retaining its original VdP tourer coachwork, this magnificent and exotic four-litre, four-carburettor tourer has also starred in numerous films, including Tender is the Night, Brideshead Revisited and Fortunes of War, and has created a storm of interest from collectors around the globe.
At the other end of the spectrum, Brightwells is offering an ultra-rare Lamborghini Jalpa (£70,000 - £80,000). Only 410 were ever completed, with just 35 of these in right hand drive. Being sold with a considerable history and sounding superb, this fascinating ‘Prancing Horse’ alternative looks enormous fun. Other more affordable Italian exotics include an immaculate 1995 Maserati Ghibli (£8,000 - £10,000), charming 1942 Lancia Ardea (£10,000 - £12,000), a baby Aprilia complete with brilliant pillar-less monocoque and typical Lancia sliding-pillars and a 1975 Alfa Giulia Super (£14,000 - £16,000).
For those who prefer something more British and traditional there’s the beautifully restored Rolls-Royce Twenty with Lawton and Goodman Landaulette coachwork (£35,000 - £40,000).
Parkin added “As usual, the remainder of the entries form an eclectic mix of vehicles which we would all love to have in our own garages – you can’t say fairer than that.”
Brightwells has an international reputation when it comes to selling classic cars and the auction adds an extra layer of excitement to this year’s Flywheel.