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
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