Some big play­ers have been chal­leng­ing the tra­di­tional favourites in Bri­tain’s clas­sic car mar­ket in the past six months. Richard Bar­nett looks at the trends af­fect­ing the big sell­ers

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

The clas­sic car auc­tion scene is a di­chotomy – res­o­lutely tra­di­tional, with clas­sic main­stays as pop­u­lar as ever, but not averse to change, as mod­ern clas­sics con­tinue to hold their own.

The sec­ond half of the year has seen some changes, with a new car in the auc­tion top spot. But those who fear that the in­ter­est in newer ma­chin­ery is ad­versely af­fect­ing the UK’s clas­sic move­ment needn’t worry – long-term stal­warts in­clud­ing Land Rovers, Mor­ris Mi­nors and the MGB/MGC are still in the Top 25.

Younger en­thu­si­asts and those who want bet­ter re­li­a­bil­ity and driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ences have driven in­ter­est in later cars, which can of­fer first-class value for money if bought prop­erly and should, at the very least, hold their value.

With more auc­tions than at any other time and new busi­nesses con­tin­u­ing to ap­pear, buy­ers and sell­ers are bet­ter served than ever be­fore, although the re­luc­tance of some new auc­tion houses to pub­lish prices re­mains a con­cern to some and needs ad­dress­ing if po­ten­tial cus­tomers are go­ing to have con­fi­dence in those auc­tion­eers.

Whether 2017 sees more busi­nesses start­ing re­mains to be seen, but in an al­ready crowded mar­ket it would take a brave per­son to do so.

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