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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - RICHARD HUD­SON-EVANS

A Fer­rari 308GTB Vetroresina, one of only 154 made in RHD, was the £121,000 best seller at the Brightwells £604,000 auc­tion dur­ing Fly­wheel week­end at Bices­ter Her­itage, where the 1971 Fi­bre­glass-bod­ied Coupe with dry sump out­per­formed all the Pre­war cars, 10 of which failed to find buy­ers in the WWII hangar.

For even though the Fly­wheel event was pitched at the ma­ture au­to­mo­bilist and avi­a­tor, the high­est priced old­timers were a 1924 12/50 Beetle­back sold for £33,000 and a 1933 MG J2 for £28,600, both be­low their pre­sale es­ti­mates. The stel­lar lot, a cat­a­logue cover fea­tured 1930 De­lage D8 VDP Tourer, failed to shine how­ever in a sec­tor, in which en­thu­si­as­tic own­ers al­ready own old­timers and po­ten­tial sell­ers are be­gin­ning to out­num­ber likely buy­ers.

There will al­ways be a mar­ket for Ed­war­dian, Vin­tage and PostVin­tage pre-wars, of course - but un­less very sport­ing look­ing, and prefer­ably with some pe­riod com­pe­ti­tion prove­nance, or most at­trac­tively cheap, the present ex­pec­ta­tions for many of the older cars and their own­ers have be­come un­re­al­is­tic.

For while there were no tak­ers at Bices­ter for a 1927 Vaux­hall LM 14-40 Prince­ton Tourer in nicely mel­lowed con­di­tion, many wasps buzzed around a 1965 Ford Mus­tang Shelby 350R Rep with po­tent sound­ing 306ci mill. Times and tastes are a’chang­ing.

As just two days ear­lier at their Leomin­ster HQ, Brightwells suc­cess­fully shifted 46 of the 75 ‘Mod­ern Clas­sics’ for £355,663 (see our re­ports op­po­site for more on the star lots) at their lat­est fix­ture for the genre, where more fash­ion­able young­sters can be seen and heard be­ing re­as­sur­ingly driven past the ros­trum.

‘Ex­pec­ta­tions for many own­ers of older cars have be­come un­re­al­is­tic’

This 1936 Rail­ton made £22,500.

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