Dif­fer­ent strokes

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

My first port of call when CCW ar­rives is the Let­ters page, fol­lowed by the Buy­ing and Sell­ing sec­tion.

I like Richard Bar­nett’s pre-am­ble to his re­port on the mar­ket but re­cently found my­self at odds with one of his opin­ions. He took is­sue with some auc­tion houses of­fer­ing cars for sale at a listed price, pre-auc­tion. What’s wrong with that? It gives prospec­tive buy­ers the op­por­tu­nity to buy a car they re­ally want, par­tic­u­larly if they are un­able to at­tend the auc­tion, and they agree with the price be­ing asked. Auc­tion houses that are not afraid to try a dif­fer­ent way of do­ing busi­ness should be ap­plauded. If it doesn’t work they will soon drop the idea.

In an edi­to­rial com­ment a cou­ple of is­sues af­ter Richard’s ar­ti­cle, a sim­i­lar view to mine was ex­pressed. We should wel­come such ini­tia­tives – it ex­pands the mar­ket to a broader range of en­thu­si­asts.

I have also no­ticed that the south­ern auc­tion houses re­ceive more cov­er­age than those in the north, Perth be­ing the ex­cep­tion. Ad­mit­tedly there are more auc­tion houses in the bot­tom half of

the coun­try but surely that means that the north­ern ones are rare and spe­cial. There was no pre­view and no re­sults pub­lished for the Mathew­sons auc­tion on 11 Fe­bru­ary. I can go on­line to ob­tain the list­ings and re­sults, but what would be the point of buy­ing Clas­sic Car

Weekly if I did that? I look for­ward to the first CCW is­sue af­ter the new auc­tion to be held by Wood­lands in Wi­gan on 25 March – I hope they have pies on in the café! Brent Ren­ton, Chor­ley, Lancs. We wel­come dif­fer­ent opin­ions at

CCW and are happy to pub­lish auc­tion de­tails and re­sults; some auc­tion houses are bet­ter than oth­ers at sup­ply­ing them – Ed.

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