Mar­ket view

RICHARD BAR­NETT’S WEEK OF LOOK­ING AT THE MAR­KET

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK - by Richard Bar­nett

FRI­DAY

Off to Lon­don for Bonhams’ Lon­don to Brighton Run Vet­eran Car Sale. Not a big sale in the great scheme of things, but as­sem­bling any num­ber of cars this age is an achieve­ment. I’m par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in the 1894/95 Peu­geot (£356,500) and the 1903 Dar­racq ( just un­der £600,000), whose 4.7-litre ‘four’ would get you down to Brighton pretty rapidly.

SATUR­DAY

A typ­i­cally big crowd at ACA to­day and bid­ding is brisk. You get the feel­ing that most are there to buy, rather than kick the tyres and make ‘ex­pert’ pro­nounce­ments. A Ford Cortina 2.0 Ghia breaks the £10,000 bar­rier, but it’s cov­ered just 16,000 miles from new, so that’s not en­tirely sur­pris­ing. The pre-war Rolls-Royces are off, too – a good sign – and £2000 for a bas­ket-case Daim­ler V8 250 shows val­ues for the right projects are hold­ing firm.

SUN­DAY

Straight af­ter ACA it’s time to head to Char­ter­house’s last sale of the year. Lots in­clude a 1961 Austin Mini pro­ject that needs ev­ery­thing, and the 1949 Ta­tra T600 needs plenty of at­ten­tion too. What’s more, for the sec­ond day run­ning there’s a ‘boat­tail’ Buick Riv­iera on of­fer.

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