Cherry pickings

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.

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