Bonhams' first Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia sale in the UK this year realised £1.189m.

A packed Oxfordshire sale room and fierce competition amongst bidders resulted in many top prices achieved.

The sale saw 91 per cent sold by lot and 85 per cent sold by value.

The top lot of the sale was a 1929 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Weymann Sports Saloon. Reputedly the last model that Henry Royce designed himself, the car exceeded its pre-sale estimate to realise £205,000. In the 50th anniversary year of the E-type, a fitting result was a 1962 3.8-litre Jaguar E-type Series 1 Roadster, surpassing its pre-sale estimate of £60,000 – 80,000 and realising £100,500.

Further highlights of the sale included a 1934 Lagonda Rapier Special that sold for £55,400 and a 1959 Jaguar XK150 Roadster, selling for £46,000.

Amongst the lots offered in the Automobilia section in the sale, a painting by Dexter Brown of a Porsche 910/6 driven by Vic Elford and Jochen Neerpash in the Circuito Piccolo delle Madonie in 1967, realised £5,040.

An additional highlight included a scratch-built model of a 1908 Austin 100HP Grand Prix racing car that sold for £1,920. Tim Schofield, Head of the Motor Car Department said: “We at Bonhams recognise that vendors have a choice with whom to place their motor car.

"We are pleased to maintain out market leading status of the best sales. Vendors now they stand the highest chance of success with and indeed the best chance of a strong result.”