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Sworders Auctioneers, Stansted. John Black with powerboat that is up for auction. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (13575337)
Sworders Auctioneers, Stansted. John Black with powerboat that is up for auction. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (13575337)

Landlocked Stansted auction house, Sworders, had a nautical first this week as it sold a vintage racing powerboat.

The brightly liveried ‘Cultured Vulture’ won speed records in offshore classes II and III during the 1990s and went up for sale on Tuesday, fetching £5,000.

The boat, part of a privately owned collection from Hampshire, attracted worldwide interest and within the first hour of the catalogue being previewed there had been 15 enquiries stretching from the Netherlands to America.

Among the lots from the same seller was a 1986 Champagne gold Ferrari 412i, which sold for £21,000 and a yellow Dutton Mariner - “a cross between Trotters’ Independent Traders and a bath tub” with twin jet engines, which went for £4,000.

Sworders’ 20th century design specialist John Black said: “This is the first sale of its kind for us, but it’s great to get the cars and boats here. The Ferrari was pretty special and in very good condition while the powerboat hasn’t been in the water for 20 years.”



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