Rarities make the headlines
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.