More ACA analysis…
Many hundreds of people made the most of a rare fine weather window to spend £1.37m on a Saturday afternoon shopping at ACA in King’s Lynn, where inhaling the fine scent of a hog roasting outside the door 158 of the 231 classics on offer were driven past the rostrum into new ownership. Such was the power of the Norfolk firm’s magnet that there were more than a thousand enthusiasts on site viewing the metal by 10.30am!
At the same season-opening sale last year, ACA shifted over 85% of a 246 car entry, selling 17% more of 6.5% more cars offered, though for an average of £8435 each. So, although 52 fewer classics sold in Norfolk this January, ACA punters actually spent £207 more on each classic bought, an average of 2.5% more than one year ago.
Although a 1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Targa with 116,327 recorded mileage exceeded the pre-sale estimate band by nearly £25,000 to sell for a sale-topping £76,650 (including a nation beating 5%), and a 1980 Ferrari 308 GTB made £68,250, top estimate money, it was a one lady owner from new in 1987 Ford Capri 2.8i with only 2300 miles of reality on the clock that made the most gobs smack with incredulity (see left).
A 2000 Porsche 996 Turbo Tiptronic S had come to market in East Anglia from Spain to fetch £46,200 £4200 more than forecast. While a Portugese imported 1989 Ferrari Mondial T with replacement 3.4 engine (plus original with the car) was bought for £25,988, virtually the lower estimate.
The fortunate subject of galvanised chassis and five-speed box transplants, a neat 1966 Lotus Elan with SE-spec head, but unauthentic trim, raised £31,500, strong retail. A UK market supplied 1991 BMW Z1 with 36,010 recorded mileage made a top estimate £27,825 – and a 1959 MGA 1500 MkI, one of several cars being successfully edited from the over-stocked Dacre Collection, had migrated to the US in 1959, been repatriated in 2009 and sold here for £22,575.
A 1967 TVR Grantura 1800S, one of 74 built and from 24 years in same ownership, had been recently re-commissioned before selling for £19,950, £5000 more than expected. A former concours-winning 1970 Triumph GT6, a now older restoration with 22,193 miles recorded, also exceeded its estimate to sell for £15,330.
I confess to having been personally enthused by a 2001 Subaru Impreza P1. In unmarked WRC Blue, the winged projectile had already flown 68,280 miles, but flew even higher here to an altitude of £13,440, £1440 more than had been expected by the valuers on a good day.