Cars hold their own against plane

A collection of vintage cars sold alongside a £1,739,500 Spitfire aircraft pushed total sales at the auction to £3.83 million.

The airworthy two-seater Vickers-Supermarine MkIX Spitfire was sold during a Bonhams sale at the RAF Museum, Hendon, London.

But the World War Two plane did not overshadow the 76 classic cars on offer, which achieved a 98% sell rate by value.

Stealing the show among the land-based vehicles was the 1905 Gardner-Serpollet 18hp Type L Steamer with Tulip Phaeton Coachwork. Bidding was heated and the price quickly went past the £100,000 to £150,000 expected to hit a scalding £238,000.

Also picked up for a cool £199,500 was lot 337, a 1938 Jaguar SS 100 Roadster, which was estimated to go for between £180,000 to £220,000.

James Knight, international MD of Collectors Cars at Bonhams said: "It was a great pleasure to take this sale which was a virtual sell-out. It just goes to show that if you offer the best and most exciting cars or indeed, aircraft, the interest created brings in buyers prepared to bid with real commitment for them."

"In the years ahead we will doubtless have the pleasure of seeing the Spitfire in the skies above England and the Gardner-Serpollet on the roads."

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