Mar­ket view

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - by Richard Bar­nett

There’s ev­ery chance I could soon be on the hunt for a fresh clas­sic, and I imag­ine that most read­ers would think it pretty hyp­o­crit­i­cal of me to not buy some­thing from an auc­tion. How­ever, look­ing at some auc­tion web­sites doesn’t ex­actly help to steer me to­wards a po­ten­tial buy. I was re­cently look­ing at a 1960s Mercedes-Benz S-class but, frus­trat­ingly, there was no in­di­ca­tion of which en­gine it had. Why not? Surely the en­gine size is one of the most im­por­tant fac­tors in de­cid­ing whether some­one’s in­ter­ested or not? And the qual­ity of the pho­tographs – in­vari­ably pro­vided by ven­dors – lack any clar­ity and po­ten­tially hide all sorts of prob­lems.

In my role as chief Mr Grumpy of the UK’s clas­sic car move­ment, why aren’t auc­tion­eers pro­vid­ing this level of in­for­ma­tion? I’ll keep say­ing it time and time again un­til I’m Rolls-Royce Sey­chelles Blue in the face – just who are some auc­tion­eers work­ing for – buy­ers and sell­ers, or them­selves?

If it’s the lat­ter, then it’s time they moved on.

‘I’ll keep say­ing it un­til I’m Rolls-Royce Sey­chelles Blue in the face’

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