RICHARD BARNETT’S WEEK OF LOOKING AT THE MARKET
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.
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.
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.