Cherished classics are always welcome at ACA
‘Modern classics are fantastic and encourage future generations’
When did ACA start its classic sales? We held our first in 2005, had a pause in ‘06/early ‘07 following the birth of our son and kicked off again in summer 2007. Things really took off in late 2008 and have grown ever since. How many cars did you sell in 2016? What was the total value? We sold 984 cars, and our five classic sales totalled £7.9 million. How many cars can you offer in one sale? Where do you cap it? Our staff would say 180-200 but I just can’t say no to a worthy car. Our biggest sale had 298 cars. I am told that this is a UK record – though that doesn’t really concern us. Bigger sales do create a special buzz. How do you decide which cars to offer for sale? We like to offer something for everyone. I really like originality and cars that have been cherished, such as the soft dash Range Rover (pictured) offered in our January auction. I look after my own cars well and appreciate it when others do the same. We always enjoy bringing otherwise overlooked vehicles to people’s attention. What do you feel about the ‘modern classics’ segment? They’re fantastic! We must encourage future generations and there have been some great cars made in the last 20 years. I wish I’d kept all my moderns from the last couple of decades. Our hobby must evolve or it will die. Are pre-war cars dead in the water? Pre-war cars have their place but increased traffic and poor driving standards on today’s roads do make them more difficult to enjoy. This does seem to be holding them back, along with a gradually dwindling target audience, although blue chip marques and cars like the Austin 7, Rovers and Wolseleys are always popular. Perhaps publications such as CCW should do more comparisons between preand post-war marques to encourage interest. A few years back, one seller gave me a crash course in how to drive a Model T, stating, “If you’re going to sell my cars, you’d better learn how to drive them.” We had an extremely enjoyable afternoon blasting round the back roads of Billericay in various early Fords, which certainly changed my opinions of pre-war cars.