Rar­i­ties make the head­lines

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling - RICHARD HUD­SON-EVANS Ger­man ma­chin­ery at­tracts big num­bers in Birm­ing­ham

One of an un­prece­dented 25 BMWs con­signed by CCA for its two-day sale in Birm­ing­ham was a sta­tis­ti­cally rare 1985 286bhp M635 CSi. It had been guided at £40,000-50,000, but fetched a record £100,100 with pre­mium. Great money for a car driven 15,300 miles by two own­ers from new and a sale that summed up the auc­tion per­fectly.

A 1985 BMW 635 CSi auto with 28 MoT cer­tifi­cates also went for more than dou­ble its £14,000 es­ti­mate, sell­ing for £31,900, as did a 1989 635 CSi High­line auto with a fore­cast £8000-10,000 on the screen; it sold for £19,250 dur­ing the two-day auc­tion at the Prac­ti­cal Clas­sics Clas­sic Car & Restora­tion Show at the NEC.

Closer to home, one of the last BJ8 Austin-Healey 3000 MkIIIs to leave the BMC pro­duc­tion line in 1967 achieved £96,800.

The sale con­tin­ued to il­lus­trate the strength of the clas­sic mar­ket as buy­ers spent £2.45m with pre­mium (CCA’s high­est sale to­tal yet) on 145 clas­sics, a full 73 per cent of the 198 cars that packed the CCA show stand.

Other head­line-mak­ers in­cluded a just-over-the-top of the es­ti­mated £68,200 bid needed to bag a desert-travers­ing 1965 Citroën 2CV Sa­hara with twin 425cc twins driv­ing all four wheels.

Up to £60,000 was the es­ti­mate for a right-hand drive 1973 Porsche 911 2.4E Targa with £22k’s worth of Tuthill bills on file; it re­alised £95,150 – while a fore­cast £49,500 was forth­com­ing for a right-winged 1990 Porsche 928 GT manual with less than 26,000 mileage.

Such was the mag­netic force of a £20,000-25,000 1960 190 SL Mercedes left-hooker for restora­tion that 24 tele­phone bid­ders con­tested the po­si­tion of project man­ager, only re­solved when Jonathan Hum­bert’s very ac­tive gavel fell at £67,000 and the win­ner paid £73,700 with pre­mium.

‘The sale con­tin­ued to il­lus­trate the strength of the clas­sic mar­ket’

Big in­ter­est in CSis at Birm­ing­ham.

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