MGCs & V8s on the up

DVCA re­veal the mar­ket ris­ers and what to look for

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - BUYING & SELLING - BRIAN CHANT, DVCA

‘Poor paint doesn’t sell’

This is the sec­ond DVCA sale of the year – how do you see the lat­ter half of the year per­form­ing mar­ket-wise?

We are al­ready re­ceiv­ing en­tries for our au­tumn sale, which is be­ing held on 13 Septem­ber, in­clud­ing more mo­tor­cy­cles. Judg­ing by the in­ter­est from ven­dors and buy­ers alike, we are con­fi­dent that the his­toric ve­hi­cle auc­tion sec­tor is mov­ing out of the dol­drums of the pre­vi­ous six months or so.

The mar­ket can be fickle but it can also be quite con­ser­va­tive. Have there been any par­tic­u­lar makes and mod­els that have seen an in­crease in in­ter­est?

MGCs and V8s seem to be on the up, but they need to be restora­tion projects or re­stored to a very high stan­dard; dodgy door gaps and poor paint work doesn’t sell! Good rust-free Ford 105E Anglias are very much sought-af­ter, as are Ri­ley 1.5 and Wolse­ley 1500 mod­els, where it is a case of sup­ply and de­mand.

Are there any price points where ac­tiv­ity is es­pe­cially strong? There must be some ar­eas where there are still ‘real’ bar­gains to be had...

Lower value As­ton Martins (such as the DB7) and the Alvis TD/TE range should be con­sid­ered a good in­vest­ment; pro­vid­ing they have been prop­erly main­tained (and in the case of the As­ton, reg­u­larly ser­viced), and not suf­fer­ing from ‘tin worm’. These mod­els can only in­crease in value.

How ben­e­fi­cial is your lo­ca­tion (Athel­hamp­ton House, near Dorch­ester) to your sales?

Athel­hamp­ton House is a su­perb set­ting for our busi­ness of sell­ing his­toric ve­hi­cles – we have been es­tab­lished at the coun­try es­tate for many years and ap­pre­ci­ate the first­class fa­cil­i­ties and the fact that the Grade II listed gar­dens (and, dur­ing the sum­mer, the house also) are open for our clients to have a wan­der round

– at no ex­tra cost to the cat­a­logue ad­mis­sion.

What’s the largest num­ber of cars you would put in a sale? Do you feel that there’s a num­ber you wouldn’t want to ex­ceed?

We do not limit how many ve­hi­cles we ac­cept for any auc­tion sale, but al­ways strive to re­tain our usual mix of in­ter­est, qual­ity and high stan­dards.

Buy­ers are flock­ing to MGCs and V8 MGBs, but only if the cars are in the right con­di­tion. Perum dem de­bis mo venim que dolup­tas et volupit fugit, sini­ant as pre ne opti deb­itiur,

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