Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling - RICHARD BAR­NETT, MAR­KETS ED­I­TOR

A cold, great day was the back­drop to SWVA’s first sale of the sea­son, and while the weather might have been slightly gloomy, the pun­ters were def­i­nitely not. And there were cer­tainly plenty of them, too.

The first sale of the year can al­ways be a bit of a worry for any auc­tion­eer, but Chris Holmes and his team down in Poole had noth­ing to worry about, as the re­sults showed.

The mix of mo­tors was right, with some clearly star lots (which ones in par­tic­u­lar would be down to the in­di­vid­ual, but un­sur­pris­ingly I favoured the Bent­ley MkVI). As al­ways SWVA closed its cat­a­logue a few weeks be­fore the sale, so there were no late en­tries to con­tend with, and it de­clared its re­sults com­fort­ably within 48 hours – other auc­tion­eers could clearly learn a lot from this sale.

‘The weather was gloomy, but the pun­ters weren’t’

With 69 out of 71 cars sold un­der the ham­mer, it’s pretty clear SWVA un­der­stands not only the mar­ket in gen­eral, but its ‘lo­cal’ mar­ket too. And that bodes well for the rest of the year.

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