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.