Profumo Jaguar sells for £124,000

Profumo Jaguar sells for £124,000

A car once owned by Dr Stephen Ward, the physician at the centre of the Profumo affair political scandal, has sold for more than £124,000 at auction.

The 1959 Jaguar XK150 Drophead Coupe was among the highlights of this year's Race Retro sale hosted by Silverstone Auctions.

Following a frenzied bidding war, the car eventually sold for a total of £124,200 - more than twice its pre-sale estimate.

Some 70% of road cars on offer were sold at the two-day event, along with 13 competition cars. Overall, the auction achieved record sales of £1.8 million.

Other stars of the auction included a 1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante X-Pack which sold for £167,900, more than £32,000 above its estimate.

A 1968 Jaguar C-Type by Proteus Enduro fetched £71,300, while a 1957 Porsche 356A Coupe sold for £60,950. A 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster went for £49,000.

Competition cars sold at the auction included a 2000 Ford Mondeo Super Tourer which fetched £103,500, and a 1964 Lotus Cortina Mk.I race car which sold for £53,000.

Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, said: "We're delighted to start our 2014 auction season with such a fantastic record breaking result.

"We put together a really strong catalogue with a great mix of cars, and I'm delighted that we managed to achieve such excellent results for our vendors."

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