Mar­ket in­di­ca­tors

A strong sale for the clas­sic car mar­ket’s go-to barom­e­ter points to­wards all-round good health

Classic Cars (UK) - - Chasing Cars -

1967 As­ton Martin DB6 MKI £147,840 His­torics at Brook­lands, May 20. The de­mand for barn-find DBS is as strong as ever, and there seems a lim­it­less sup­ply to feed it. Or is there? This DB6 was what you might term a re­barn-find, hav­ing been res­cued four years ago and popped into another barn un­til now. Last taxed in 1982, there’s ev­i­dence it’s since had some level of en­gine re­build, though it will al­most cer­tainly need to come apart again. Add in body and in­te­rior needs and this is go­ing to wind up pricey.

1970 Fer­rari 365 GTB/4 Daytona £633,000 RM Sotheby’s, May 27. Much was made in the cat­a­logue of prob­a­ble past own­er­ship by the Shah of Iran’s el­der sis­ter. It’s de­bat­able whether that ac­tu­ally adds value. Of more in­ter­est was the restora­tion done five years ago in Ger­many. It was good but not the best out there, which makes the just-over-es­ti­mate price paid sig­nif­i­cant. Day­tonas have long been re­garded as a re­li­able barom­e­ter for the mar­ket and this was up.

1973 Lo­tus Europa Twin-cam Spe­cial £13,830 Bon­hams, May 21. A left-hooker that has spent all its life in Bel­gium and France, this Europa Spe­cial – the 126bhp big-valve model – was re­stored in 2010 then given a fur­ther me­chan­i­cal over­haul three years later. It pre­sented well – bar blue sil­i­cone en­gine hoses per­haps – with match­ing num­bers and in orig­i­nal Car­ni­val Red. All told, it looked good for a fig­ure around Bon­hams’ £17,400 low es­ti­mate, so the price paid at Spa feels like an ab­so­lute steal.

1964 Alvis TE21 Drop­head Coupé £156,800 His­torics at Brook­lands, May 20. Some auc­tion re­sults just defy logic. Af­ter all, this TE21 was val­ued 30 months be­fore the sale by the Alvis Own­ers Club at the £85,000 top es­ti­mate. So why did two suit­ors go ‘money no ob­ject’ on it? A two-owner car still wear­ing the first lady owner’s per­sonal plate, it had re­cently been bod­ily re­stored by As­ton Martin Works, then painted and trimmed by other top names. It’s prob­a­bly the best, but that still looks crazy.

1979 As­ton Martin Lagonda £28,750 Bon­hams, April 13. One of the first wedge Lagondas built, and de­scribed as the ‘first real pro­duc­tion car’, Hop­ing that would at­tract se­ri­ous col­lec­tors, Bon­hams gave it a £30-80k es­ti­mate. Help­ing the case was its 1986 restora­tion by As­ton Martin. But that was over 30 years ago and de­spite the dig­i­tal dash still work­ing, another round of heavy ex­pen­di­ture is prob­a­bly on the cards. The seller wisely took what was of­fered.

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