RICHaRd BaR­NETT

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Auction News -

I’m not a great fan of ap­plause at auc­tions, no mat­ter how sub­stan­tial the price made for the car un­der the ham­mer. But it was a great re­sult – and one that thor­oughly jus­ti­fied that im­promptu rous­ing – when South West Ve­hi­cle Auc­tions sold the Rover 3500 VIP for £23,000 (sale re­view, page 18). Yes, it was a good re­sult for the seller, but it was a great re­sult for Poole, Dorset-based SWVA, whose clas­sic sales seem to get bet­ter and bet­ter. They cer­tainly at­tract enough pun­ters – for later ar­rivals it was a case of park­ing where they could and hav­ing a walk to the auc­tion. And lots of pun­ters make for keen bid­ding and strong prices, al­though I was in­formed later that one cus­tomer was con­fused by SWVA’s es­ti­mated prices and re­serve prices pol­icy (see in­ves­ti­ga­tion next week).

Talk­ing of strong prices, it’s not long un­til the Bon­hams As­ton Martin sale at the As­ton Martin Works, Newport Pag­nell, Bucks (see main story, right). There’s plenty to tempt the suit­ably well­heeled buyer, in­clud­ing the DB3S com­pe­ti­tion car, but there are projects too, and these al­ways get the throng fired-up.

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