Big money for race cars at Lloyds auction

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

sampson indy 2 This Sampson Indy car scored big money. sampson indy 2
brabham1 This Brabham BT21B with an exceptionally rare engine scored $240,000. brabham1
brabham 3 A similar car with a less rarified powerplant scored $130,000. brabham 3
cor bowser Top dollar went to this early twin-pump COR bowser. cor bowser
golden fleece bowser Golden Fleece bowsers were in big demand. golden fleece bowser

Sampson Indy car stars in Brabham garage sale

While two Brabham cars were the star lots prior to today's Alstonville (NSW) Lloyds auction, it was the 1950 Sampson Indy car we featured last night that led the scoreboard, with a final bid of $270,000. That sort of money suggests it attracted interest from its home country back in the USA.

The Brabham lots scored well, with a solid $240,000 bid on the BT21B Cosworth car with an exceptionally rare 1500 SCB engine, and $130,000 for its similar stablemate with a somewhat less rare engine.

A large number of fuel bowsers were on offer and interest was very strong. A COR-branded twin pump, which looked like it may be as early as the 1920s or 1930s, went for an impressive $12,500.

Several others reached over $8000, with Golden Fleece units with the original sheep mascot on top seeming to be in big demand. Top price among those was $8600.

A quiky lot which got our attention was a Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine (famous for powering WWII Spitfire aircraft) set up as a static test bed, which went for $29,200. That looked like very good value.

You can view the lots here.

Lloyds' next auction is a classic car event, with something over 80 vehicles on offer, next Saturday.


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