25 MOST POPULAR CARS AT AUCTION
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
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.