‘Try be­fore you buy’ auc­tion

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - www.ber­linetta-auc­tions.co.uk

A new clas­sic car auc­tion com­pany is to hold its in­au­gu­ral event in May and is promis­ing a novel ‘try be­fore you buy’ ap­proach for its sales.

Ber­linetta Clas­sic Car Auc­tions, founded by brothers Rob and Pete Thorn­ton, is to hold its first bou­tique sale over the week­end of 7-8 May at The Manor County House Ho­tel, We­ston-on-the-Green, near Ox­ford, with a max­i­mum of 25 cars.

‘We wouldn’t in­vest in a prop­erty prior to hav­ing it sur­veyed, and in­vest­ing in a clas­sic car is not dis­sim­i­lar,’ says a spokesman. The fa­cil­ity al­lows po­ten­tial buy­ers to talk di­rect to own­ers, in­spect a ve­hi­cle (on ramps if re­quired), hear it run and even be taken on a test drive, all from the auc­tion site, prior to bid­ding.

‘Sell­ing a clas­sic car should be more than just a trans­ac­tion,’ says the firm. ‘We aim to turn it into a so­cia­ble, en­joy­able and hope­fully prof­itable ex­pe­ri­ence by of­fer­ing sellers a week­end away in beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings in the com­pany of other like-minded en­thu­si­asts. Mean­while their po­ten­tially long-suf­fer­ing part­ners can re­lax while their other halves drone on about camshafts and gud­geon pins.’

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