CR-X sells for nearly £19.5k

‘Ger­man buy­ers drove to King’s Lynn to land a 78-year-old AC for £73,500’

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

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.

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