‘Try before you buy’ auction
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.’