No let-up in clas­sic de­mand

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling - RICHARD HUD­SON-EVANS Mar­ket com­men­tary from our man in the thick of sales

Both of the first two UK auc­tions of the new sea­son, where most clas­sics are started up and driven past the ros­trum, in­di­cate con­tin­ued health in de­mand for col­lec­tor ve­hi­cles.

There were new own­ers for 70 of the 71 cars con­signed by SWVA for its first Fri­day morn­ing clas­sics sale of the year, and then ACA suc­cess­fully shifted 81% of the 237 clas­sics of­fered. In two con­sec­u­tive days, £2.28m had been poured into clas­sic stock.

In the West Coun­try, a 1949 Bent­ley MkVI ‘no re­server’ with work­ing sem­a­phores and valve ra­dio pot­tered through the hall to fetch £22,032 and a di­lap­i­dated Cana­dian-spec­i­fi­ca­tion 1968 Se­ries 1.5 Jaguar E-type 4.2 2+2 FHC, but a man­ual with match­ing num­bers, made £15,120.

Even pre-war clas­sics, which can be tricky to re­home in an in­creas­ingly mod­ern clas­sics mar­ket, found new bud­dies with £18,360 avail­able for a quaint Austin 7 with Swal­low Saloon coach­work of 1930 vin­tage – the 17th old­est MkI of the 30 known to the Swal­low Reg­is­ter – and £11,340 was avail­able for a 1934 A7 Brum fac­tory saloon, both sell­ing for more than their es­ti­mates.

There were buy­ers, too, for a 1940 Packard 120 Eight in right­hand drive and Wed­ding White, which fetched £19,710 (more than ex­pected), and a Her­sheysourced 1947 Ply­mouth Spe­cial Deluxe which made £13,338, within fore­cast money.

The next day at the ACA drive-through, a right-hand drive 1957 Mercedes 190 SL sold for a more than fore­cast £110,925 and a 1995 Porsche 928 GTS man­ual, one of 44 UK ex­am­ples, went for £50,400, which was £10,000 more than fore­cast. A run­ning, driv­ing and UK-supplied righthook 1964 Merc 230 SL auto for im­prove­ment mo­tored to £43,050 – nearly £10,000 aboove es­ti­mate.

‘In two con­sec­u­tive days, £2.28m poured into clas­sic stock’

Crowds surge around a Bent­ley MkVI.

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