RICHARD BAR­NETT

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Auction News -

I’m gen­uinely fired-up by Brightwells’ Mod­ern Clas­sics sale, and not only be­cause of the cars be­ing of­fered, but what it says about re­cent trends in the mar­ket. There’s al­ways go­ing to a be a place for the clas­sic move­ment’s ‘foun­da­tion’ cars – Jaguar E-types and XKs, Tri­umph TRs, Roll­sRoyces and Bent­leys and, of course, MGBs and their ilk. But that doesn’t mean to say there haven’t been ex­cit­ing, in­ter­est­ing and en­joy­able cars made since those went out of pro­duc­tion – far from it in fact. Let’s be hon­est, the MGF, for ex­am­ple, is at­tract­ing peo­ple just as sec­ond-hand 1960s MGBs did in the 1970s. And isn’t the first-gen­er­a­tion XK8 merely a lat­ter-day E-type in terms of be­ing great used value? Cars from 1980-on­wards of­ten rep­re­sent great value for money, and can be fun to drive and not too ex­pen­sive when it comes to main­te­nance. Sim­ply say­ing they’re too mod­ern, and with no place in the clas­sic move­ment is plain ridicu­lous.

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