25 most pop­u­lar cars at auc­tion

Jan­uary-June 2017

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

De­spite last year’s po­lit­i­cal up­heavals – and those that have hap­pened in the past month – the clas­sic car buy­ing and sell­ing game re­mains in rea­son­ably good health. En­thu­si­asts are still buy­ing cars, of­ten sell­ing the ones they al­ready have, and the merry-go-round of cars off to new homes con­tin­ues un­abated.

Last year’s sec­ond half set­tled down af­ter the EU ref­er­en­dum, and it was def­i­nitely back to busi­ness as usual come the start of 2017. There have been few new auc­tion­eer start-ups and other com­pa­nies have pulled out, but the longer-estab­lished busi­nesses, whether small or large, con­tinue to trade.

In­evitably, some sales per­form bet­ter than oth­ers, and week­day sales tend to be more com­mon than week­end ones. But what con­tin­ues to an­noy buy­ers and sell­ers alike is the lack of price dec­la­ra­tions that some auc­tion­eers con­tinue to prac­tise.

Mean­while, in­ter­est in a clas­sic auc­tion code of con­duct has gained some in­ter­est, but with some auc­tion­eers al­ready mem­bers of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Mo­tor Auc­tions or the So­ci­ety of Fine Art Auc­tion­eers and Valuers, whether the code can ever get off the ground is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly doubt­ful.

Our lat­est Top 25 sees a change in the num­ber one slot, but the same cars oc­cupy the top five slots. How­ever, other favourites, in­clud­ing the ‘Pagoda’ Mercedes-Benz, Fiat 500 and even the Tri­umph Stag are out. Whether they’ll be nudg­ing their way back in dur­ing 2017’s sec­ond half re­mains to be seen, but at the mo­ment it’s clearly very much busi­ness as usual.

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