No let-up in classic demand
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.