Coys Blenheim Palace motorcycle auction breaks three world records

International auctioneers Coys have broken three world records at their Blenheim Palace motorcycle auction on Friday 11th July and achieved multi-million pound results in the motor car sale on Saturday 12th.

The two day auction started on Friday with Coys returning to the international collector motorcycle market, setting three world records for sale at auction, including a 1931 Indian 1300, which sold for £89,600, a 1953 Mondial 125 Monoalbero, which went for £59,360, and a 1950 Harley-Davidson Hydra Glide for £25,760.

Chris Routledge, Managing Partner at Coys, said: “We are back in the international collector motorcycle market, setting three world records and selling motorcycles to all four corners of the world, including some household name celebrity buyers. I’m really excited about our return to motorcycles and we have now secured a fantastic single owner collection for auction in autumn.”

The motor car sale on Saturday saw some important collector cars going under the hammer, including a 1970 Ferrari 365 GT/4 Daytona Spider that fetched £568,000, a 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 3 Position ‘Owen Sedanca’ by Gurney Nutting that went for £132,840 and a 1929 Aston Martin 1 ½ Litre Short Chassis by Bertelli for £180,000.

Chris Routledge said: “There was a great turnout over the two days of auction, which supported the Royal Marines during their 350th anniversary year and raised funds for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. A good solid result for Coys with 80% of the motorcycle and car lots being sold.”

The highlight of the motor car auction was a 1954 Aston Martin DB 2/4, considered as the inspiration for James Bond’s original Aston Martin in Ian Fleming’s novel Goldfinger. The car did not sell on the hammer but Coys received a post-auction offer for £320,000 plus premium and is in the process of completing the sale.

Other important results included a 1960 Porsche 356 Super 90 Roadster, one of 205 produced, which sold for £153,000, a 1963 Maserati 3500 for £149,640, a 1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Convertible for £136,200, and a 1967 Jaguar E-type Series 1 4.2 Roadster for £130,600.

The associated Coys Blenheim Palace Concours d'Elegance was oversubscribed and sold out. In addition to the 57 motor cars on display with a value in excess of £100 million, there was a superb military vehicle display, honouring 350 years of the Royal Marines and the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and raising much needed funds through the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

Amongst those military vehicles there was a 1941 Austin Utility, a 1944 Bedford M.W and a 1936 Morris Commercial CS8 Mk3, amongst others. Royal Marines Lt Colonel Cliff Dare MBE was part of the group of judges, which included chief judge Julius Thurgood, Le Mans racing drivers David Piper and Nick Faure, BBC Oxford’s Roving Reporter Lilley Mitchel, AC Owner’s Club Chairman Bertie Gilbart Smith, and Karen Ellis, the CEO of Ellis Clowes specialist motor sport insurance company.

The Lord Mayor Elect of the City of London Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE also visited Blenheim Palace and spent time with the Royal Marines while her husband Nicholas Woolf was judging at the concours.

Coys next auction is "42 Oldtimer Grand Prix" at Nurburgring, Germany, on 9th August.