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

‘Mod­ern clas­sics are here to stay’

Just where does the market stand when it comes to mod­ern clas­sics? Many peo­ple like them, but there are plenty of oth­ers who re­ally don’t like the in­clu­sion of late­model in­ter­lop­ers in a sale.

But what­ever side of the fence we’re on, mod­ern clas­sics are here to stay and we cer­tainly aren’t go­ing to be with­out their pres­ence any­time soon.

Hav­ing said that, one auc­tion­eer told me re­cently that he’s see­ing a slow­down in mod­ern clas­sic in­ter­est, while in­ter­est in tra­di­tional clas­sics is buoy­ant and, if any­thing, is strength­en­ing. So what could be the rea­son for this?

In­ter­est in Jaguar E-types, big ‘Healeys, Tri­umph TRs and even worka­day mod­els like BMC Fari­nas and Vaux­hall Vi­vas has never gone away – it’s just that they’ve al­ways been around, while some strong prices paid for mod­ern clas­sics have taken the head­lines.

What the mod­ern clas­sics phe­nom­e­non has done – other than bring­ing some gen­uinely great cars to market – is to turn the spot­light onto those more tra­di­tional clas­sics. They’re not tak­ing any­thing away from the old­stagers, and they’re bring­ing fresh blood to the market.

That can’t be a bad thing, can it?

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