Auc­tion View

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - by Richard Hud­son-Evans

Af­ter the two most re­cent sale rates had fallen to only 46 per cent (in Sur­rey) and 54 per cent (in Here­ford­shire), UK auc­tion mar­ket mak­ers can en­gage top gear again and re­lax un­til the next slide dents con­sumer con­fi­dence. Only six lots failed to find buy­ers at the lat­est SWVA Drive Through in Dorset, where 92 per cent of ven­dors’ clas­sics changed hands for a pre­mium-in­clu­sive £700,162.

One of the high fliers to take off just out­side Poole on a Fri­day morn­ing was an ex­traor­di­nar­ily dili­gently re­stored 1949 Tri­umph 2000 Road­ster (be­low). It was last auc­tioned in Southamp­ton in 1965 – for £20 – be­fore be­ing taken on as a restora­tion project in 1999 for £1600. Eigh­teen years later, and very well turned out in­deed, the fa­mously Jim Berg­erac- en­dorsed model fi­nally fetched £11,820 more than the £19,500 top es­ti­mate to sell for £31,320 with pre­mium – big money for what some un­en­light­ened types view as an un­fash­ion­able slow-coach.

An­other eye­brow-rais­ing per­former was a 1970 Jaguar E-type S2 4.2 fixed-head coupé. Pati­nated, but fit­ted with Ea­gle Rac­ing up­grades, in­clud­ing a fivespeed gear­box and wide-rimmed wire wheels, which also over­took the Dorset firm’s £37,000-39,000 fore­cast to achieve £67,500

Whereas the cat­a­logue cover fea­tured Mor­ris Mini Cooper 1275S MkI, it may have failed to find the re­quired £33k+, not just be­cause it was a left-hooker, but be­cause it had been as­sem­bled from a com­plete knocked-down kit in Por­tu­gal in 1965.

And fi­nally, the 75th of 475 pur­chase tax-qual­i­fy­ing Austin A35 pick-ups – too ex­pen­sive in 1958, re­sult­ing in half of them be­ing shipped over­seas – had been in re­ceipt of a £25k restora­tion back in 2001 and picked up a high (for this model, at any rate) £22,680.

SWVA’S 92 per cent sale rate is the high­est logged on the UK auc­tion cir­cuit in re­cent weeks.

‘Auc­tion mar­kets can re­lax, un­til the next slide dents con­sumer con­fi­dence’

All the anal­y­sis from our man in the auc­tion sale-rooms

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