£538K quicK­fire auc­tion

UK’s big­gest sin­gle col­lec­tion of worka­day clas­sic shifted in lorry sale

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

The big­gest ever col­lec­tion of ‘worka­day’ clas­sics in­clud­ing fast Fords and Land Rovers sold like hot cakes – thanks to a fran­tic, no re­serve quick­fire sale.

More than 70 clas­sic cars went un­der the ham­mer with 130 com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles on 23 April at the East of Eng­land Show­ground, Peter­bor­ough, Cambs, in a Protruck Auc­tions sale.

All the ve­hi­cles be­longed to Suf­folk haulier Gary Cooper (see CCW, 30 March) Es­ti­mates ranged from £750 to above £20,000 and apart from a 1999 Bent­ley Turbo R once owned by Gary’s par­ents there was lit­tle by way of ex­ot­ica – with Ford the most prom­i­nent mar­que. The car sales to­tal on the day was £538,450.

Top of the pile was a Ford Cortina Lo­tus MkII with 4753 miles – af­ter a fren­zied bid­ding war be­tween a buyer in the room and an on­line punter, the buyer in the room grabbed the car for £30,500 – nearly £10,000 more than its lower es­ti­mate. A se­lec­tion of 2016’s must-have clas­sic, the Capri, also sold well. A Capri 3.0 Ghia went for £11,750, a 3000GT was away for £13,250 and a 1600XL made £15,650.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Protruck Auc­tions, Char­lie Wright, says: ‘I’ve known Gary for the last 20 years, so when he wanted to sell his col­lec­tion of cars he came to me. It’s cer­tainly a bit of a coup for us.’

Auc­tion­eer as­sis­tant Peter Thomas adds: ‘Our sales are a bit dif­fer­ent to other ve­hi­cle auc­tions – ours are much quicker and that adds to the ex­cite­ment. Our style has drawn in many new faces to the scene, as well as some deal­ers who are bid­ding on­line so they’re not seen to be buy­ing auc­tion cars.’ Mur­ray Scul­lion www.pro­truck­auc­tions.co.uk

This 1969 Ford Cortina Lo­tus made the big­gest car money.

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