A collection of classic cars, including a Rolls-Royce which transported the Queen on a visit to New Zealand, has fetched almost half a million dollars at auction.

Auckland based auction house Webb's auctioned off 20 prestigious cars yesterday as part of Maxine and Terry Sutherland's First-Class Classics Collection.

There were over 300 spectators and colourful bidders in the room and phone bidding, and online enthusiasts following the auction.

The collection consisted principally of Rolls-Royces, but also featured an offering of
pre and post-war classics, as well as vehicles of a more modern vintage - ranging from the $20,000 bracket to the lofty stratosphere of around $300,000.

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1952 Bentley Mark VI Drop Head Coupe, priced between $250,000 - $300,000, didn't sell. Photo / Webb's
1952 Bentley Mark VI Drop Head Coupe, priced between $250,000 - $300,000, didn't sell. Photo / Webb's

The list of exceptional vehicles included a Silver Wraith limousine used by the Queen during a visit to New Zealand, which sold for $193,775 to a proud new owner which will see the one of a kind car remain in New Zealand.

The Sutherland's collection also boasted everything from a Morris Minor station wagon, which sold for $40,250, and two Rolls-Royce Silver Clouds that went for $46,000 and $66,125.

In the pre-World War II era was a rare and painstakingly restored 1936 Auburn 654 Cabriolet, one of less than a dozen cars of a once prominent American model produced in right-hand drive configuration. It had an estimated sale price of $100,000 - $125,000 but remains unsold.

The Queen arrives by car in Wellington during one of her earlier visits to New Zealand. Photo / File
The Queen arrives by car in Wellington during one of her earlier visits to New Zealand. Photo / File

A 1993 Daimler has two previous owners and a mere 49,000km on the clock and was expected to sell between $45,000 and $55,000, but remains unsold.

Two Armstrong Siddeleys - one going for $29,900, and a steel-bodied Bentley Mark VI convertible with a fully restored aluminium body is "probably" the only one of its kind in the country and just one of 57 manufactured around the world. This was not sold at auction.

A 1971 Citroen SM, a French and Italian motoring collaboration, which was recently restored had a sale price between $165,000 and $175,000, but went unsold.

The 1959 Morris Minor Traveller sold for $40,250. Photo / Webb's
The 1959 Morris Minor Traveller sold for $40,250. Photo / Webb's

Webb's single owner specialist Caolan McAleer said, "I'm really pleased with the results and we have had a phenomenal response to the sale.

"Currently we're seeing a buoyant market for both buyers and sellers, with strong interest in entry level classics for first time buyers and provenance playing a key factor in sale prices for traditional British marques.

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"We have already been approached by lots of potential sellers for future auctions and
we have another sale in the works, get in touch if you have a quality classic to sell!"

Webb's said many of the cars unsold during the auction were now under post auction negotiation.

• To view the full catalogue of 20 cars, visit Collectors' Cars on the Webb's website.