Re­view: ACA

Hardy pun­ters brave a soak­ing to shift a shed­ful of cars

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Anglia Car Auc­tions’ last sale of the year was proof it draws in the hardi­est of pun­ters. The in­clement weather should have put peo­ple off, but they ar­rived in droves, con­tent to look at cars that weren’t un­der cover even if that meant the risk of get­ting a soak­ing.

But the King’s Lynn auc­tion­eer again did what it al­ways does well: pack in a large num­ber of cars (even though the num­bers were slightly down on what’s been seen re­cently) of all ages and all con­di­tions and let them fly out the door – which 85 per cent did, sold un­der the ham­mer. There were plenty of strong prices, the 1980 Alpina B7, off at £31,500, rais­ing two fin­gers at the ‘ex­perts’ who doubted that such a sum could be achieved.

Cheaper cars also per­formed well, with nu­mer­ous projects – not just those from a lo­cal Nor­folk col­lec­tion but oth­ers found buried in a closed pub­lic con­ve­nience – mak­ing strong money. Among the large Alvis of­fer­ing was the last car built which, while need­ing some fet­tling, drew £39,900, way ahead of the £18,000 up­per es­ti­mate.

Two Jon Cul­shaw MkIII Corti­nas were away for more than £11,000 apiece while a 1981 Dat­sun Blue­bird SSS Coupé wasn’t dear at just over £5500, show­ing that Dat­sun 240 and 260Zs and Honda S800s are not the only prized Ja­panese cars.

This was a first-rate end to ACA’s 2017, but there’s lit­tle respite for the busi­ness as its first 2018 sale will be held on 27 Jan­uary. 01553 771881 an­gli­aca­rauc­tions.co.uk

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