THRILL OF THE CHASE

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling - RICHARD BAR­NETT, MAR­KETS EDI­TOR

Whether an auc­tion is big – say, around 150 cars or more – or small, it’s al­ways good to come across some sur­prises.

It’s the thrill of the chase, the de­light of the un­ex­pected, and the pos­si­bil­ity of bag­ging a bar­gain. Roll those three el­e­ments into one and you’re hope­fully on to a win­ner. You walk into the auc­tion hall, have a glance around, and al­most al­ways there’s that sur­prise mo­tor, the one you’d never be­lieve could spark your in­ter­est – but it does. I’ve spot­ted a few true tempters re­cently and it’s only through lack of space that I’ve not been splash­ing the cash on a few sub-£1500 cars.

And af­ter al­most seven years of cov­er­ing auc­tions for CCW, a good auc­tion still has the same ap­peal and ex­cite­ment to me as it ever did. Deal­ers and en­thu­si­asts talk about auc­tion-go­ing be­ing highly ad­dic­tive, and I know ex­actly what they mean.

I’ve re­cently come across a gem of a mo­tor in a forth­com­ing sale – some­thing slightly out of the or­di­nary, but sen­si­bly es­ti­mated. But if you think I’m go­ing to tell you what it is, you’ve an­other thing com­ing!

There's the de­light of the un­ex­pected

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