H&H APRIL SALE REVIEW

H&H APRIL SALE REVIEW

Posted by Matt Bell on 24th April 2019

A fine spring day in the Peak District saw a big catalogue of nearly 100 lots swiftly despatched by H&H in front of a busy audience with plenty of the lots unsold under the hammer quickly and efficiently converted to sales while the action was still in full swing.

There really was something for everyone here, the sale kicking off with an enticingly affordable selection of sub-£5k classics: a £2000 P38a Range Rover, a nice example of the rare and underrated Reliant Scimitar SS1 sold at £3400, an A90 Austin Westminster at £5300, Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow at £4700, a £4100 Volvo PV544 and a lovely-looking Daimler Sovereign (aka Series 1 XJ) at just £3800, its value no doubt affected by the 2.8 XK motor. Other ’80s favourites included a Series 3 Daimler Double-Six for just £3500, a Saab 900 Turbo in range-topping Aero S spec at £3800 and an SD1 Vitesse hammered away at £3700.

Elsewhere, the £7900 result for a Jensen-Healey suggests these oft-dismissed cars might be about to see their fortunes change, while a 1983 Audi Ur-Quattro looked great value at £15,000. Surprise of the day though has to be the incredible £11,000 result achieved for a Golf Mk1 – and not as you might expect in three-door injected GTI form but a humble 1500 GLS. For the same money you could have bagged yourself the rare Ferrari-engined Lancia Thema 8.32 but we know which one will turn more heads at the next car show.

We’ve picked a selection of highlights here and for the full details visit www.handh.co.uk.

With its 57,000 miles looking to be genuine, this Daimler Sovereign was in nice condition and came complete with blue leather and Webasto roof. Its 2.8-litre engine explains the affordable £3800 hammer price.

This ’75 Shadow was running and driving and described as being in good condition with suitable patina. Its low mileage of 73,000 meant it looked good value for a hammer price of £4700.

The Tasmin was the first of TVR’s wedge-shaped cars and is rarer today than the later V8-powered wedges. This one had received massive expenditure over the years including a £13k body-off chassis restoration, meaning its £5000 hammer price was a bargain.

A two-owner car with a long MoT, this 900 Turbo came in range-topping Aero S spec and was hammered away for £3800.

The Vitesse has always been top of the SD1 value league but this one went for a surprisingly modest £3700.

Until recently the Jensen-Healey has slipped under the radar but a well-sorted example can be a far better car than people realise. This nicely presented and expensively restored Mk1 made £7900.

As unavailable Hydragas spheres become an issue, MG fan are turning to the steel-sprung TF as a future-proof MGF replacement and this was he range-topping 160bhp model. The £1200 hammer price for a nicely presented 47,000-mile two-owner example must surely make it a solid investment.

Every 1980s petrolhead schoolboy knows what the 8.32 badge means on the back of an otherwise drab-looking Lancia Thema. The Ferrari V8-powered rarity made just shy of its estimate at £11,000.

An incredible result at £11,000 for this four-door Golf GLS, explained by its mileage of just 6736.

This ’63 Californian is one of the nicest Imps we’ve seen for a long time and its bare metal restoration justified its £7000 hammer price.