Chas­ing Cars Russ Smith re­veals what’s hap­pen­ing with the mar­ket for Mercedes SLS, col­lectible Fer­raris and Van­den Plas Princesses

strong se­lec­tion of af­ford­able clas­sics brings buy­ers to the swva sale

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Once again we see the re­sults of a sale dom­i­nated by the strong prices achieved for fam­ily clas­sics, largely from the Six­ties but with plenty of Fifties and Sev­en­ties stuff thrown in. In fact, South Western Ve­hi­cle Auc­tions’ lat­est sale was no­table in many ways, not least the 94.2% sell-through rate, and the large num­ber of cars that beat their top es­ti­mate – even if some of those es­ti­mates looked a bit light. Big­gest ‘wow’ went to the 1963 Van­den Plas Princess 3-litre sur­vivor show­ing 68,000 miles. Es­ti­mated at £6300-£6900, it crossed the line at what must be a bestever £13,152. A few drinks shy of £10k was also paid for a 1968 Tri­umph Her­ald 13/60, but this was more ex­pected – even if the es­ti­mate was only £4500-£4900. A gen­uine 28,000-miler, it was im­mac­u­late with it. Even an un­re­stored 1964 Mini­van made an es­ti­mate-top­ping £13,371. Stored for nearly 30 years, it was good, but still a Six­ties Mini.

Van­den Plas Princesses were once seen as lit­tle more than banger-rac­ing fod­der – this one made £13k

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