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Tim Gas­coigne, Barons

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - TIM GAS­COIGNE

This is your third sale of the year – how has 2017 been so far?

This year has con­tin­ued where 2016 left off and has been very pos­i­tive. We’ve had two good sales so far with some ex­tremely nice cars find­ing new homes, and our third sale of the year is look­ing promising, with a good va­ri­ety of qual­ity cars on of­fer. We’ve also re­cently ap­pointed Justin Shard­low as mar­ket­ing man­ager, and some of the changes that he’s al­ready made are mak­ing a huge dif­fer­ence to our propo­si­tion. Our mar­ket­ing is now a lot more in­tel­li­gent, so we are now able to be more tar­geted and fo­cused with all of our mar­ket­ing.

What is hap­pen­ing with the likes of MGBs, Midgets and Mor­ris Mi­nors? Are they still in de­mand?

MGBs and MG Midgets are still very much in de­mand be­cause they are seen as great ‘starter clas­sics’, so prices have re­mained gen­er­ally con­stant. As al­ways, this is sub­ject to con­di­tion and spec­i­fi­ca­tion, with some MGBs sell­ing for as lit­tle as £1300, right the way through to top ex­am­ples go­ing for as much as £15,000. Mor­ris Mi­nors have less of a fol­low­ing, and as such, prices have soft­ened in the main over the last few years.

What is your at­ti­tude to mod­ern clas­sics in your sale? Are there any hard and fast rules you ap­ply with later cars?

We’re very keen on mod­ern clas­sics as we think it is a very pop­u­lar sec­tor of the mar­ket at present, and it is only likely to in­crease with time. It can be dif­fi­cult to ad­just your mind­set to think of some cars that don’t seem very old as clas­sics; my first in­stinct is that any car more re­cent than my first car (a J-reg 1.6 Ford Es­cort) is still fairly new, but that car will be al­most 26 years old now if it’s still go­ing. A lot of peo­ple seem to be get­ting a bit car­ried away, and think that any car in any con­di­tion from the Eight­ies or Nineties is go­ing to be worth a lot of money, and that just isn’t the case.

Would you con­sider an­other sale lo­ca­tion? You have one sale just down the road at Kemp­ton Park so some might won­der if you’d use an­other race­course?

Our cur­rent plans are to have most, if not all, of our sales at Sandown Park for the fore­see­able fu­ture. We tried Kemp­ton as an al­ter­na­tive venue last year, and it worked well, so we may host a sale there from time to time.

‘Some ex­tremely nice cars have found new homes’

Plenty of MGBs are still find­ing plenty of buy­ers at Barons – but newer cars are the ones to watch.

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