Auc­tion View

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

One of the last MG Mid­get 1500s smashed all auc­tion records for the car in the Bon­hams Fes­ti­val of Speed sale. Bought di­rectly from Bri­tish Ley­land by deal­er­ship West Coun­try MG – in whose pri­vate col­lec­tion the car had been well pre­served for 39 years – the time­warp un­reg­is­tered Mid­get had just 35 miles on the odome­ter.

With brake discs, mas­ter cylinders, ig­ni­tion com­po­nents, fuel pipes and all vi­tal flu­ids freshly re­newed, and guided at £10,000-15,000, this mass pro­duced – but now unique – car was most keenly con­tested un­til a par­tic­u­larly de­ter­mined lady beat off all com­ers with a win­ning bid of £25,000. In to­tal, it cost her £28,750 with pre­mium – very nearly dou­ble top es­ti­mate.

Much of the per­ceived value with this rub­ber-bumper Mid­get was the lack of mileage, of course, which means that if it’s ac­tu­ally driven any­where, it could de­pre­ci­ate by the mile.

That said, the new owner hedged her bets by out­bid­ding a ma­jor F1 per­son­al­ity in the front row for the keys to a freshly Jag Shop-re­built and up­graded 1962 Jaguar E-type 3.8 road­ster Se­ries 1, into which she in­vested an­other £259,100 – top es­ti­mate money.

Two more mile­stone prices were paid dur­ing this £10m af­ter­noon be­hind Good­wood House, in­clud­ing a 1970 Mor­ris Mi­nor that made £14,375, in­clud­ing pre­mium. The late Trevor Hulks built the 1275cc car (which also has Ma­rina front disc brakes) from a new old-stock two-door shell for hill­climber and rally driver, Joy Rainey, to com­pete in the 2004 Lon­don to Syd­ney Marathon.

An equally heady £16,675 was forth­com­ing for a 1955 Austin A30 two-door with a 1275cc en­gine and disc brakes. It con­tested this year’s Lon­don-Lis­bon rally and has so far had more than £45k spent on it.

‘If the car’s ac­tu­ally driven any­where, it could de­pre­ci­ate by the mile’

35-mile Mid­get sold for £28,750.

RICHARD HUD­SON-EVANS In-depth anal­y­sis from our man on the auc­tion sales floor.

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