Auc­tions: ACA’s sale draws in big crowds

A ver­i­ta­ble flood of bid­ders helps a mint Rootes wagon to smash its es­ti­mate at ACA’s Nor­folk sea­son opener

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

One of the big­gest crowds ACA has ever at­tracted got the King’s Lynn auc­tion house’s 2017 clas­sic sales cal­en­dar off to a fly­ing start. With 240 cars vy­ing for pun­ters’ cash, it was odds-on to be a good sale, but the prices re­alised were proof pos­i­tive of the strength of the mar­ket, what­ever the age and con­di­tion of the cars.

A 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL took £110,250 and both Fer­rari 308s sold along with a 456M GTA, which was away for £53,550. A lovely-con­di­tion 1971 Range Rover pulled in £33,600 but the big­gest sur­prise of the day came from a fully re­stored 1965 Singer Vogue es­tate that made a whop­ping £14,700, al­most dou­ble the £7980 paid for a tidy 1967 Ford Cortina MkI es­tate. Also per­form­ing well – de­spite need­ing plenty of fin­ish­ing off – was a 1964 Mor­ris Mini Cooper S pro­ject bought for a strong £30,450.

In the mod­ern clas­sics arena, a 2005 Vaux­hall VX220 that had cov­ered just 406 miles from new was con­sid­ered enough of a find to make just over £25,000.

Other sur­prises came with the projects and cars in need of at­ten­tion, with a very scruffy nore­serve 1965 Austin A60 gee­ing up pun­ters enough to make £1050 and a 1953 Mor­ris Mi­nor two-door re­al­is­ing £550, de­spite need­ing weld­ing and the rear screen get­ting re-fit­ted.

De­spite fall­ing tem­per­a­tures, only four of the last 80 cars failed to sell un­der auc­tion­eer Jim Ro­nan’s gavel, with pro­ceed­ings wrap­ping up shortly af­ter 5pm. This was a crack­ing start to the year, which ACA will be look­ing to re­peat at its next sale on 8 April. ❚ 01553 771881 ❚­gli­aca­rauc­

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