H & H Auctions (Classic car dealers)

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H & H Auctions is an auction house based in Warrington, Cheshire, specializing in classic and collectors motor cars, motorcycles and automobilia.

The company is one of Europe's largest specialist auctioneers in the field, and their range of services includes valuations, auctions, online auctions and live internet bidding, private treaty sales and storage facilities.

Auctions & sales

The majority of the company’s auctions are held at the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton in Derbyshire. H & H also conduct sales at Race Retro, the International Motor Sport Show in Warwickshire and at the Haynes International Motor Museum in Somerset.

In addition to their public auctions, the company brokers private sales for buyers and sellers not looking to participate in the auction process.

H&H can also facilitate tender sales which can be either Public or Private in nature. These sales are well suited to items which are difficult to value due to their specification, rarity or quantity.

Departments

Motor Cars

The department has experience in handling everything from 1890s London to Brighton runners through to 1990s Formula 1 cars.

Their specialist staff are hands-on enthusiasts who between them can claim to be well versed in veteran, Edwardian, vintage, post-vintage, classic and collectors cars.

Motorcycles

Motorcycles sold by H & H range from from belt-driven Pioneer motorcycles to 1980s Grand Prix bikes. Their staff have knowledge and experience in selling veteran, vintage, classic and collectors motorcycles.

Automobilia

The company’s automobilia sales have included items relating to almost all ages and means of transport such as:

The in-depth knowledge of their automobilia specialist Adam Sykes has helped H&H to establish numerous world record auction prices.

Bicycles

The department has sold everything from antique boneshakers and ordinary bicycles through to carbon fibre-framed racing machines. A separate bicycle section is a feature of many but not all of the company’s sales.

Registration numbers

H&H accept registration numbers (including Northern Irish numbers) in their auctions under the following criteria:

  • The registration number must have been issued prior to the introduction of suffix or prefix dating letters (circa 1963)
  • They accept a reserve on a registration number that comprises up to two letters followed or preceded by up to four numbers, or three letters followed or preceded by up to two numerals
  • Registration numbers comprising three letters and three numerals will be accepted but only if offered for sale without reserve.

Auction catalogues

2012

2013

History

H&H was founded by Simon Hope and Mark Hamilton in 1993 as a specialist auction house dedicated solely to the sale of collectors' vehicles.

Today the firm has evolved to the point where its client database houses over 45,000 records worldwide and its annual marketing budget runs to many hundreds of thousands of pounds.

H&H has had the pleasure of handling everything from 1890s London to Brighton runners through to 1990s Formula 1 cars not to mention a variety of iconic motorcycles and holds a considerable number of world record auction prices. The company is staffed by hands-on enthusiasts and its specialist valuers are among the most knowledgeable in the industry.

Following Mark Hamilton’s retirement during 2007 the firm moved to larger premises and now offers a range of private sales and storage services in addition to its core auction business.

Notable sales

  • A Lotus 25 Formula 1 Racing Single Seater sold for £489,500 in March 2007
  • An Alfa Romeo 1750 Super Sport sold for £495,000 in March 2007
  • An Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Pescara Spyder sold for £550,000 in Feb 2008
  • An Aston Martin DB6 Short Chassis Volante sold for £324,500 in April 2008
  • A Bentley 3 / 4.5 Litre Sports Tourer sold for £220,000 in December 2009
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