Mar­ket view

by Richard Bar­nett

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - RICHARD BAR­NETT MAR­KETS ED­I­TOR

‘The auc­tion sea­son is now shift­ing into over­drive...’

I’ve just got in from ACA’s sec­ond sale of the year, and if any­one needed a clas­sic auc­tion­eer barom­e­ter, here it is. The signs are good, with a big crowd at King’s Lynn, not just on sale day but on preview day, too.

It’s clear that more and more peo­ple are choosing to source their clas­sics from an auc­tion. And who can blame them? There’s more choice in one lo­ca­tion, which means less driv­ing around from one place to an­other look­ing at mo­tors. And an auc­tion will of­ten throw up those wild­card of­fer­ings that pun­ters might not have thought about.

I’m a great be­liever in the al­ter­na­tives, be­cause too much fol­low­ing the crowd soon starts to feel stale. We’ve all vis­ited shows where the same makes and mod­els al­ways ap­pear – where’s the fun in that?

With the auc­tion sea­son now shift­ing into over­drive, the chance of buy­ing a fresh clas­sic gets even bet­ter and, yes, I’ll be in the run­ning. Com­mon sense stopped me adding to my col­lec­tion when I was at ACA but do I re­gret not hav­ing a bid? Too right I do.

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