A stunning collection of British cars painstakingly assembled over a number of years has sold for a whopping £3.6 million.
Gordon Willey’s fleet was made up of desirable classics from the likes of Bentley, Aston Martin and Frazer-Nash.
The retired businessman, from Lancashire, decided to sell the collection this month at two separate auctions hosted by Bonhams.
The top lot was a 1929 Bentley 4 1/2-Litre Tourer, which sold for £667,900.
All 12 cars found new homes – netting the owner an impressive £3.6 million.
Antony Bennett, regional director at Bonhams, said: “A chance telephone call to our Manchester-based offices lead us to this most incredible local collection.
“The best of British motoring, it was clear that these cars had been lovingly maintained over the years, so it was no surprise that they caught the attention of bidders from around the world.”
A 1964 Aston Martin DB5, like the model driven by James Bond, sold for £516,700 while a 1934 Invicta 4½-Litre ‘S’ Type Low Chassis Tourer sold for £561,500.
A 1938 Frazer-Nash BMW 328 Roadster, which was formerly owned by the entertainer and racing driver Billy Cotton, sold for £617,500.
Malcolm Barber, Bonhams Co-Chairman, described Mr Willey’s cars as an “incredible collection.”