28 August 2016 at 07:43 #52098


    Registration no. TPC 110
    Chassis no. LAG/50/506
    Engine: VB6J/130′ (3rd engine, but changed in period)(

    Ex. Rob Walker dhc in “restored condition”.

    The summary from Bonham’s riddled with all the normal mistakes.

    At GoodWood with ?100-150k estimate, will be interesting to see what it makes…

    David Bracey
    28 August 2016 at 08:24 #52099

    Absolutely stunning. I can see this achieving ?225-250k. And at that price I still think it’s a bargain.

    1 September 2016 at 17:19 #52104

    Weeeeell, it looks very nice and I’d like to see it achieve a good price.

    However….. non-original engine; non-original gearbox; non-original steering wheel; lots of non-original stuff going on under the bonnet (servo, air filters etc.); lots of non-standard trim business on the outside (hubs, embellisher, paint, upholstery, hood etc. etc.).

    For my money, why not keep things as David Brown intended? In any event, my guess is that this degree of non-originality may impact adversely on the hammer price (that could have been achieved otherwise had things been restored in a different way).

    3 September 2016 at 21:08 #52105

    Many Brooklands Cars had their engines upgraded b y the factory in period from 2.6 to 3.0 litre – I don’t believe that will impact the price. A typical factory upgrade with use of the old 2.6 litre thermostat housing rather than the new oblong 3.0 litre and they kept the 2.6 litre radiator as well.

    The cigar shaped air-filter missing.

    The Smith snail heater sited in wrong place

    Jackall master cylinder restored and no effort made to add original style sticker (these are available)

    Trico glass windscreen wash bottle and pump moved.

    Gearbox probably steering column type originally and many upgraded or converted to floor change and that is worth paying extra for – again a point in its favor..

    Brake master cylinder should be silver color

    Servo upgrade or perhaps they mean it had one installed ?

    The bonnet stay rod in my opinion should be body color and not gray ?

    Bonnet release/close mechanism was painted black originally and not silver passivate

    Spark plug shrouds should be black

    Lagonda motif to end of bonnet should be red paint infiilled.

    The front over riders look like incorrect replacements..

    Interior a few observations, the few Brooklands cars I have seen, all have distinctive door cars with stripped effect to trim. Also noted on my own early 3.0 litre Coupe.

    Pedal rubbers missing – lazy available from excellent club spares

    Many other rubbers missing, wonder what the bushes will be like to suspension, they will all need replacing.

    handle to door as we both know is plain incorrect beneath door capping

    Seats are correct style

    Walnut veneer is horrible American walnut and this is inappropriate, not for me !

    Chrome collar to top of steering column is a replacement. It should be black and given this was a steering column gear shift orginally, it will have a specific type with mounting hole to side.

    However, given all of this, this stuff is reversible and someone will have spent the better part of the lower estimate having it restored.

    I have spent a lot of time and effort with my 2nd dhc searching and working hard to find correct items for either missing or damaged parts. However, not every owner wants to go to all that time and effort.

    it will be interesting to see what it sells for, this will be the 3rd dhc to go up for sale this year and the price is moving northwards….

    4 September 2016 at 12:12 #52106

    Agreed (for the most part). You make my point for me (in loooong form). πŸ˜€

    5 September 2016 at 17:00 #52107

    Given all of the above, I still think it will do very well, these cars are so rare and highly desirable, trust this is short enough.. πŸ˜€

    8 September 2016 at 16:24 #52108

    Yup, and I hope that you’re right. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    10 September 2016 at 14:10 #52110

    It just scraped over the reserve line (2 bidders) at ?100k + commission. I think the successful bid came from a well known trader.

    I must say, I thought the auctioneer rather dramatically underplayed the car in his introduction. Anyway, it was very cheap compared with the price achieved at NP in May for the project DHC.

    David Bracey
    10 September 2016 at 14:44 #52111

    What a bargain. Thank goodness I wasn’t there as I might now have had even more garaging problems.

    10 September 2016 at 15:03 #52112

    You should have bought it, David. Cheap car! πŸ˜€

    David Bracey
    10 September 2016 at 15:06 #52113

    very cheap. Now what about Buzzbox?

    10 September 2016 at 15:15 #52114

    Let’s see (bad internet connection this afternoon – I hope it holds up long enough).

    10 September 2016 at 20:27 #52115

    Two different cars as we know, history and famous people make as a big difference.

    How were prices at Goodwood this time depressed post-Brexit ?

    If a member of the trade has bought it, he got a good buy and will be interesting to see his mark-up.

    10 September 2016 at 20:35 #52116

    I counted 33 unsold cars, becoming more common of course..

    I also note both pre-war Astons unsold

    Clearly not a cracker of an auction by any means.

    12 September 2016 at 19:54 #52117

    Er, famous owner? I don’t think a car dealership loaning a car to a famous person for a couple of years is the same thing as ownership, do you?

    Famous first owners commission the cars concerned and that’s what should give them added value, in my view (and considerably so in certain cases e.g. film stars, racing drivers, directors of the marque concerned, etc.). If the buyer of the NP Bonhams car paid much of a premium on the ‘loaner’ basis, it’s a matter for them of course (but, personally, I think it a daft thing to do).

    I rather thought that the NP car did well because it was a very good project car and a rare beast in its own right. The modest Fangio connection was (for me) just the icing on the cake.

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