CR-X sells for nearly £19.5k
‘German buyers drove to King’s Lynn to land a 78-year-old AC for £73,500’
A US Honda fan was outbid on a 1991 Honda CR-X V-Tec (pictured below) which ACA eventually sold for £19,425 and several Germans drove to King’s Lynn to land a 78-year-old AC for £73,500
In the metal, a Honda CR-X VTEC at the latest ACA DriveThrough did not look like it had been born in 1991, since when most of its 15,374 miles had been accrued by only one owner before it was dry-stored in 2012. With only a cracked original dealer number plate to fix, and 13 service stamps in the book, the apparently fit 26-year-old had been guided at £8000-10,000.
With – unusually – internet bidding still not possible at ACA sales, potential owners had to make the journey to North Norfolk in person or compete on the telephone, something one Amercian Honda enthusiast did, though he was soon left behind by contestants in the ring. The gavel fell at £18,500, costing the winner £19,425 including five per cent premium.
Unable to bid on-line therefore, but making the most of extremely favourable exchange rates, several car loads of German buyers drove huge distances to this sale with the intention of landing a racylooking supercharged AC 16/80 Special that had been completed in 2015 using a 1939 AC 16/80 chassis with rebuilt original engine and gearbox.
Again, the £18,000-22,000 pre-sale estimate was swiftly overtaken by reserve-topping offers from EU players both in the sale-hall and on half a dozen phones until the ancient Brit was eventually hammered away for £73,500 with premium. Even before all the roasted hog had been consumed and any postsales done, 202 or 73 per cent of the 276 catalogued cars had changed hands for a cool £1.76m, an average of £8696 per classic.