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

peo­ple will find it easy to buy a half-de­cent mo­tor and join us, just be­cause we’re clas­sic own­ers.

What we def­i­nitely don’t need is a ‘Pull Up The Lad­der, Jack’ at­ti­tude: if that sets in, the move­ment’s fu­ture isn’t so rosy. This week I’ve re­viewed ACA’s block­buster of a sale, and it seems that pun­ters were hardy enough to stay right to the end if there was a car they wanted. But, as ACA’s Rob Ge­orge says in this week’s mar­ket story (right), what made this a stand-out sale was the num­ber of reg­is­tered bid­ders.

Clearly there’s a healthy ap­petite for cars at the mo­ment, but what’s be­come clear is that even those cars need­ing work will find a buyer more eas­ily than they did a cou­ple of years ago.

I’ll be hon­est – see­ing more than £1000 paid for a quite clearly down-at-heel Austin A60 was some­thing of a shock, but as I com­mented last year, Cam­bridges and Ox­fords aren’t a com­mon sight at auc­tions. Where we have to be care­ful is in en­sur­ing that new en­thu­si­asts aren’t be­ing priced out of the hobby. It’s all too easy to think that other

‘We don’t need a “Pull Up The Lad­der, Jack” at­ti­tude’

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