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Hampson flying high following a successful end of season auction at the Concorde Conference Centre

Hampson flying high following a successful end of season auction at the Concorde Conference Centre

2021 has been Hampson Auctions’ first full year at the rostrum since 1994, yet it has already caused a stir in the crowded world of classic car sales by securing a pair of enviable venues and achieving a number of significant results for cars, motorcycles and automobilia. It is also notable for charging its vendors a zero entry fee and zero commission.

The company’s final sale for 2021 was held under the wings of the world’s most iconic airliner, courtesy of the Concorde Conference Centre in Manchester, and this matchless venue can now be regarded as Hampson’s spiritual home, where its very next sale (February 22, 2022) will also be held. Another fixture on the auction house’s annual calendar is one of the country’s top classic motor race meetings, the Gold Cup at Oulton Park, which for next year will take place over the weekend of July 29-31.

Now run by Zach Hamilton, Hampson Auctions was formed by his father Mark and uncle Geoffrey Hamilton back in 1987, since when the market for classic cars has clearly changed out of all recognition. Undeterred, and having already created a successful business outside the motoring sphere, Zach was determined to bring Hampson back to life. He said: “My childhood was punctuated by the attendance of car auctions with my dad, so it’s a world I was effectively born into. Resurrecting the family firm has therefore been the realisation of a long-held dream.”

Hampson’s sales are designed to appeal to all classic car enthusiasts, with entries at both ends of the price spectrum, plus a selection of motorcycles and automobilia (and in the case of the recent auction, even a magnificent replica 1920s steam-powered launch). An unintended area of specialism is that for the fast Fords of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Said Zach: “These cars are personal favourites of mine and we already seem to have acquired a reputation for successfully dealing in them.”

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