Re­stored gems shine on the dealer stands

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Event Report -

Traders at this year’s show are point­ing to­wards freshly re­stored clas­sics as the best value for money for buy­ers.

En­thu­si­asts are en­cour­aged to seek out clas­sics that have been in the scene for dozens of years and which have been cared for by their own­ers. Deal­ers re­ported brisk sales at the show, with cars from the 1970s and 1980s per­form­ing par­tic­u­larly well.

‘Our Jaguar XK140 is for sale at the show for £140,000. It’s re­cently had £70,000 of restora­tion work com­pleted on it. You do the maths – the best value for cus­tomers comes from other peo­ple spend­ing the money,’ says Brett Lyons, di­rec­tor of the Ep­ping Mo­tor Com­pany.

This price trend tran­scends the na­tion­al­i­ties of cars, as it’s not just Bri­tish ve­hi­cles that ben­e­fit from se­ri­ously scrupu­lous own­er­ship.

David Chap­pell, after­sales man­ager of Amer­i­can spe­cial­ist firm Why Not Clas­sics, adds: ‘Our most pop­u­lar car at the show is our im­mac­u­late Ford Mus­tang, at £39,995. It looks great value in com­par­i­son to some mod­ern clas­sics and prices are hold­ing. You couldn’t buy and re­store one for the same money.’

MG Midget Len­ham coupé, Jaguar Mk2 3.8 and Ti­fosi Rana were all given big-money restos.

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