A 1985 Ferrari 328 GTS which has covered just over 1,000 miles in the past 26 years was the top seller at Barons’ sale at Sandown Park on October 28th. The bright red ‘Prancing Horse’, which has covered fewer than 19,000 miles in total – sold for £71,500.
The biggest bidding battle of the sale was for the gold 1972 Stutz Blackhawk, which sold for £34,650 – powering way past top estimate. In the 1970s the Blackhawk was the car of choice for superstars such as Frank Sinatra, and it is now a very rare machine. There was a lot of interest in the gold example at Sandown Park, with the eventual successful bidders – a father and son from France – driving their new acquisition straight to the ferry afterwards.
Another lot which sold for well over top estimate was the 1977 Royal Enfield Silver Bullet. This exceptional example of a model which has remained continuously in production since 1948 sold for £4,290.
The Barons team is now gearing up for its traditional festive season sale, as Tim Gascoigne, Barons’ Auction Manager, commented "The undoubted star of the show on October 28th was the Stutz Blackhawk, which may have surprised a few people. It was in wonderful condition, and while the styling may not be to everyone's taste, it certainly is a very rare and interesting car. The buyers travelled all the way over from France to buy the car, so they certainly thought so!
“It was also nice to find the stunning 1985 Ferrari 328 GTS a new home, especially as we are due to have another couple of 'Prancing Horses' in the next sale. The Annual Christmas Classic on 12th December is always our busiest sale of the year, so we are very much looking forward to it.”