Mar­ket in­di­ca­tors

Un­re­peata­bil­ity is one of the mar­ket’s big­gest pulls – but only if the right pun­ters are in the room

Classic Cars (UK) - - Chasing Cars -

1992 Lan­cia In­te­grale Evo 1 £142,000 RM Sotheby’s, De­cem­ber 6, New York

This in­cred­i­ble re­sult might see a few In­te­grale own­ers vis­it­ing ship­ping agents’ web­sites. But though it might pro­vide some boost to the mar­ket for them, this was an un­re­peat­able ex­am­ple. One of only 400 Giallo Fer­rari edi­tions, it was a highly orig­i­nal Ital­ian-mar­ket car that’d done just 4030 miles. And it had novelty value be­cause Evos have only just be­come el­i­gi­ble for US im­port un­der the 25-year rule.

1983 Ford Es­cort RS1600I £32,200 Bon­hams, De­cem­ber 6, Lon­don Olympia

With just 164km (around 100 miles) from new, this was a proper col­lec­tors’ piece, al­beit in left­hand drive be­cause it was sold new in Nor­way. It’s been with the same owner since, too, so the prove­nance was im­pec­ca­ble. Con­di­tion was as you would ex­pect – all orig­i­nal apart from the tyres. So the sur­prise here was that it didn’t make more, given the big num­bers achieved by Sil­ver­stone for fast Fords at its NEC sale.

1960 Jaguar XK150S 3.8 fhc £186,300 Bon­hams, De­cem­ber 2, Bond Street

Just when you think the wind has gone out of the XK mar­ket, a re­sult like this blows in to con­found the pun­dits. Of course the 3.8S is the ul­ti­mate XK150, and with only 115 right-hook coupés made it has rar­ity on its side, but the £130-160k es­ti­mate had looked fair. Then again, find an­other as sharp with only 51k miles and orig­i­nal apart from a few dis­creet and well-cho­sen up­grades. There’s life in the old cats yet.

1960 Austin-healey 3000 MKI £41,440

Brightwells, Novem­ber 29, Leomin­ster Sub­stan­tial mod­i­fi­ca­tions to a clas­sic in­vari­ably leads to a sub­stan­tial loss of value. This ’Healey was fit­ted in pe­riod – when they were just cheap old sports cars – with a 3.8 Jag engine and flared arches. That ought to have made it a pretty hard sell, but the po­tent re­sult ob­vi­ously had sev­eral buy­ers in­trigued. It ac­tu­ally sold for more than a cor­rect MKIII with a re­cently re­built orig­i­nal engine.

1995 Jaguar XJS 4.0 £11,000

Barons, De­cem­ber 12, Sandown Park Dis­miss­ing Barons’ £4500-6000 es­ti­mate as an en­tice­ment, the price paid here was still a big chunk for any six-pot XJS with fixed roof and 85k miles. Yes, the 4.0 was ar­guably the best of the breed, but be­yond that was this car’s me­chan­i­cal dou­ble-whammy. In the twi­light of the XJS’S long ca­reer most were be­ing bought with au­tos, but this had both a man­ual ’box and fac­tory Sports sus­pen­sion. Seen an­other?

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