Mar­ket in­di­ca­tors

Saloons are no longer the un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated, over-doored cousins they once were

Classic Cars (UK) - - Chasing Cars -

1991 Lo­tus Carl­ton £78,750 Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions, Northants, July 22 Con­fir­ma­tion that the leg­endary Lo­tus Carl­ton bad-boy has ar­rived as a re­spectable col­lec­tor’s car. In fact this 32,000-mile three owner ex­am­ple was of­fered from the col­lec­tion of the Vaux­hall dealer group chair­man who has owned it for the last nine years. Num­ber 216 of the 284 rhd Carl­tons has al­ways been well looked after, more than jus­ti­fy­ing its £55-65k es­ti­mate – how much more can be seen in the price paid. 1964 Alfa Romeo Gi­u­lia Spi­der £79,900 Bon­hams, Good­wood, July 13 A great lit­tle jewel of the clas­sic world, Alfa’s early Spi­ders have set­tled back a bit since val­ues peaked a cou­ple of years ago. This re­sult – well above the £55k top es­ti­mate – might make you think they’ve jumped back up again. How­ever, it looks more like a spe­cial case, be­ing a rare right-hand-drive ex­am­ple su­perbly re­stored just last year by DTR Euro­pean. If any­thing, this was a dis­count on what it owed the seller. As you were. 1976 BMW 3.0Si £12,275 SWVA, Poole, July 27 One of maybe seven left on UK roads, this big Bavar­ian saloon was per­fect if you wanted to stand out at a club show. Which ex­plains the healthy price for a car that’s just been recom­mis­sioned after 30 years’ stor­age and still has room for im­prove­ment. Mak­ing that worth­while is the two-owner his­tory and gen­uine 78,500 miles on the dial. Fun too – these saloons were lighter and quicker than the 3.0CSI coupés.

1966 Chevro­let Corvette £41,063 Sil­ver­stone Auc­tions, Northants, July 21 Any­one look­ing to em­u­late this is­sue’s ‘dream drive’ fea­ture might like to know that Corvette val­ues have taken a dip. Just check this one’s back­ground – one owner un­til 2010, never mod­i­fied, and now care­fully re­stored to as-orig­i­nal con­di­tion. It even has the 350bhp en­gine and four-speed man­ual ’box. Maybe Pearl Sil­ver Metal­lic isn’t the strong­est shade, but at bot­tom es­ti­mate this was a great buy.

1964 Bent­ley S3 coach­built £124,700 Bon­hams, Good­wood, July 13 For the man who feels Bent­ley bod­ies have too lit­tle BMC 1100 about them, this was built to the spec of its first owner by Mulliners. Owned since 1979 by En­gle­bert Humperdinck, it was re­stored at great ex­pense by mar­que spe­cial­ists Col­brook eight years ago. Those two fac­tors and its sin­gu­lar­ity helped lift its value from the £90k top es­ti­mate to around what you’d pay for a reg­u­lar S3 coupé.

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