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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Auction News - RICHARD HUD­SON-EVANS

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.

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