Auctioneer achieves record for classic Lotus

A former Grand Prix car has fetched £286,000 at an auction and was bought by a collector from Europe who plans to bring it back to its full glory.

In a lot consisting of many competition cars, the Lotus 72 set the record for auction house H&H which described it as "one of the prettiest Grand Prix cars of all time".

Also on offer was a 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost which went for £78,100, while a 1972 Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster was sold for £32,450.

The bidders were not just after cars either; some lots contained motorsport memorabilia which also fetched thousands.

An oil-on-canvas portrait of Ayrton Senna by Craig Warwick was sold for £5,625, while an album of motor racing programmes and photos made £731.

H&H Classic Auctions claim to be the largest specialist house of historic motor cars on the continent.

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