Proof that the tra­di­tional auc­tion’s in a good place

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Auction News -

A 1963 Jaguar E-type Se­ries I 3.8-litre fixed-head coupé for restora­tion at­tracted com­pet­i­tive bid­ding in a packed Anglia Car Auc­tions hall at King’s Lynn on 9 April. The win­ning con­tes­tant for that car was pre­pared to take on the still fash­ion­able project for £72,450, but it’s how ACA goes about its busi­ness that fas­ci­nates me.

It is one of the few ve­hi­cle auc­tion firms that still con­ducts its sales off-line, which means you have to make the jour­ney to check out the metal and doc­u­ments and bid live or by tele­phone. Record num­bers at­tended on the pre-sale Fri­day af­ter­noon view­ing and an­other very large crowd lined the drive-through for a marathon sale day, de­spite a rain-damp­ened start to what was Grand Na­tional day. One party had even flown in by state of the art he­li­copter with a car­bon-fi­bre fin­ish, while judg­ing from the reg­is­tra­tion plates on cars lin­ing ev­ery avail­able kerb, some Eu­ro­zone main­lan­ders had trav­elled a very long way to play in Nor­folk.

Three quar­ters of the clas­sics for sale, some of them in­creas­ingly near-con­tem­po­rary, were ham­mered away to new keep­ers, led by a wing of Mercedes-Benz SLs. A stun­ningly mint 1969 280SL Pagoda-top auto in right-hand drive that clearly had been main­tained and de­tailed re­gard­less of cost by John Haynes fetched £102,900 and a 1960 190SL man­ual left-hooker that had only clocked

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