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H&H Duxford Classic Car Auction – Our Top 10 Picks

With the H&H Imperial War Museum Classic Car auction about to start, here’s our Top 10 picks for today:

We’ll update sale prices as and when we get them. Which would you pop a bid on?

1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Spider

1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Spider

Is there any other car you’d rather have on the Italian coast? (when it opens again). One of the most delightful and beautiful cars ever made. Of course it has to be red.

Estimate £65,000 to £75,000 – Hammer Price TBC

1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Racecar

1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Racecar.

Why? #BecauseRaceCar! Also, just LOOK AT IT. It’s mean, it’s wild, and it’s sure to be fast. OK we would lose the paint, but you’d get some sponsors and go to Goodwood, wood you not? (See what we did there). This car needs to be a Doc Hudson tribute with a clever wrap.

Estimate £70,000 to £80,000 – Hammer Price TBC

1964 Mercedes-Benz O 319 D MOT, Tax and ULEZ exempt

1964 Mercedes-Benz O 319 D.

Why? It’s a Party Bus! Fill it full of your #mates and this thing is an instant party! Its old and slow but speed is dead, so what’s the matter with that? No tax, no MOT, no problem, just bring some beers! (not for the driver)

Estimate £30,000 to £40,000 – Hammer Price TBC

1975 Mercedes-Benz 350 SL

1975 Mercedes-Benz 350 SL.

Why? If the Mercedes-Benz SL is having it’s day then it’s about time people realised the early R107 are a cooler than the late ones. Mexican Hats! The lack of the front spoiler and the more characterful alloy wheels make earlier cars just… cool. Also, no outside mirror on this one. Very, very cool.

Estimate £9,000 to £11,000 – Hammer Price £7,000 provisional

1977 Ferrari 308 GTB 'Vetroresina'

1977 Ferrari 308 GTB ‘Vetroresina’.

Why? These will never ever ever not be cool. Also, red with tan leather. There can’t be a person in the world that doesn’t want to own this car, plus it’s an early Vetroresina which all writers will tell you is a nightmare for autocorrect when it’s just posh italian for PLASTIC. But most people call it lightweight. Rare, collectable, and just effortlessly cool. In fact, this car is cool, but not in a ‘look at that guy with all the money’ sort of way.

Estimate £80,000 to £90,000 – Hammer Price TBC

1981 BMW 635 CSi

1981 BMW 635 CSi.

Why? If you need an answer to that then you clearly aren’t one for spotting industry trends. 1980s #German stuff is gold. Watch it (unless you can buy it). Even if it doesn’t make you money, you’ll still be cruising around in one of the ultimate 1980s icons.

Estimate £24,000 to £28,000 – Hammer Price TBC

1983 Porsche 911 Turbo 'Flachbau' Cabriolet UK Delivered RHD

1983 Porsche 911 Turbo ‘Flachbau’ Cabriolet.

Why? FLATNOSE! This is a £100k car all day long on a good day. Also, LOOK AT THAT COLOUR! It’s just wonderfully Purple. Super rare, much maligned, misunderstood and underappreciated. Get in while the going is good.

Estimate £75,000 to £85,000 – Hammer Price TBC

1986 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth

1986 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth.

Why? Most of them were stolen, crashed or set on fire. Or stolen, crashed AND set on fire. Good ones are gold. Buy. They ain’t coming down again. They have dipped a bit, but the hype seems to have vacated the market temporarily, so this could be a good time to jump back on the Fast Ford bandwagon.

Estimate £40,000 to £45,000 – Hammer Price UNSOLD

1997 Aston Martin DB7

1997 Aston Martin DB7.

Why? Better looking than any modern Aston. Best looking car for less than £15k? Possibly. Doesn’t look like a £15k car. Winner.

Estimate £10,000 to £12,000 – Hammer Price UNSOLD

2000 Subaru Impreza P1

2000 #Subaru Impreza P1.

Why? Money in the bank, that’s why. Good ones are really hard to come by. Buy any MK1 Impreza now while you can. Especially wagons.

Estimate £22,000 to £26,000 – Hammer Price TBC

2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.

11 out of 10, which is how you grade this thing on performance and looks. Best looking E Class to date, with the best #engine, in a great colour.

Estimate £14,000 to £16,000 – Hammer Price TBC

2002 Bentley Arnage Red Label

2002 Bentley Arnage Red Label

Why? It cost almost £200k new, someone did 52,000 miles in it and lost £185k. Who wins? YOU. Just call me Martin Lewis.

Estimate £13,000 to £16,000 – Hammer Price £12,500 provisional

Race Retro Sale 2018: How did our picks do?

This year we’re going the following:

2004 Honda NSX (facelift) – Estimate (£): 70,000 – 80,000

HAMMER PRICE ON THE DAY (£): Result to follow 

Because an NSX is still excellent value and a real looker.

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1990 Ferrari 348 TB – Estimate (£): 42,000 – 48,000

HAMMER PRICE ON THE DAY (£): 41,625

Are Ferrari buyers feeling shy? This is beneath the lower estimate and according to the rest of the market these 348s really should be doing better than £40k. Has the bad weather in the UK put buyers under a grey cloud? Come on, it’s a proper Ferrari and it’s got that classic Ferrari shape, this should be £50,000 all day long.

Because as Ferrari’s go, the 348 is under valued and under appreciated despite looking like an iconic Ferrari. One to watch if you can’t stretch to a 355 anymore (they used to be £35-40k, remember…?)

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1989 Lancia Thema 8.32 – No Reserve

HAMMER PRICE ON THE DAY (£): 29,813

Got to be a record for a Thema, massively helped by that Rowan Atkinson link. A difficult car to benchmark because there just aren’t that many around. We found one, in Holland, for £17,500.

4 seats, Ferrari engine, Italian interior… And it used to belong to Rowan Atkinson. Superbly cool and rare.

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1982 Ferrari 400 GTi Manual – Estimate (£): 45,000 – 55,000

HAMMER PRICE ON THE DAY (£): Unsold

Where have all the Ferrari buyers gone? The 400 is an interesting choice when it comes to Ferrari, it’s the wrong shape and this one is arguably the wrong colour, but for it to go unsold we’re a bit baffled. There was a time when these were down in the low teens, does this mean they’re on the way back down? It’s beautiful, wedgy, rare and from the left field, so what’s not to like?

Two words… Daft Punk. Want one.

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Race Retro Sale 2018 – Our Picks

This year we’re going the following:

2004 Honda NSX (facelift) – Estimate (£): 70,000 – 80,000

Because an NXS is still excellent value and a real looker.

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1990 Ferrari 348 TB – Estimate (£): 42,000 – 48,000

Because as Ferrari’s go, the 348 is under valued and under appreciated despite looking like an iconic Ferrari. One to watch if you can’t stretch to a 355 anymore (they used to be £35-40k, remember…?)

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1989 Lancia Thema 8.32 – No Reserve

4 seats, Ferrari engine, Italian interior… And it used to belong to Rowan Atkinson. Superbly cool and rare.

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1982 Ferrari 400 GTi Manual – Estimate (£): 45,000 – 55,000

Two words… Daft Punk. Want one.

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AUCTION GUESSING GAME: HOW MUCH WILL THESE TWO SELL FOR?

Two fantastic racing cars are for sale at the Silverstone Classic Race Car Sale 2017, but how much will they make?

Post your answer in the comments and the winner gets to boast that they called it first.


1991 BMW E30 M3 ‘Labatts’ livered, Ex-Tim Harvey

Estimate (£): 140,000 – 180,000

FINAL HAMMER PRICE (£): ???


1989 Ford Sierra RS500 ‘Labatts’ livered, Ex-Tim Harvey

Estimate (£): 180,000 – 220,000

FINAL HAMMER PRICE (£): ???

 

Berlinetta Classic Car Auctions launch new online sale format

Berlinetta Classic Car Auctions, established in 2016 and known for their innovative approach to the classic car auction business, are introducing a new format of timed online car sale.

‘Berlinetta Weekly’ sales, which launch in late January, will feature a selection of high quality classics each week. ‘Our team have bought and sold classic cars both privately and at auction for a number of years, and always felt there was something missing’ states Pete Thornton, MD at Berlinetta CCA. ‘The traditional auction process can be soulless and risky – something we are already addressing via our ‘try before you buy’ facility at our physical auctions – but a private sale can also be hard work both for buyer and seller, and lacks the focus that a timed auction brings to the process. We’ve all had our time wasted by ‘no show buyers’, dreamers and tyre-kickers. Berlinetta is about changing the way these transactions function, and making a classic car sale more enjoyable and straightforward for both buyer and seller alike’.

These new weekly sales will be hosted on the Berlinetta website, with detailed catalogue descriptions and photo galleries to the high standard now expected by Berlinetta customers.

Like a standard online auction, a Berlinetta Weekly sale lasts a limited time. Unlike a standard online auction, the car benefits from Berlinetta’s significant use of the classic car press – each car is extensively marketed online as well as being promoted via their fast-growing subscriber base, giving sellers every opportunity to find the right buyer. Berlinetta pledges that no classic car for sale in the UK will enjoy greater online exposure than through their Berlinetta Weekly sales.

Each sale runs for 7 days and prospective buyers are encouraged to view the car (at the seller’s location), just like a private sale. Bidding is simple and secure, registration is free and as the timer ticks down at the end of the sale, last minute sniping is eliminated as any bidding activity in the final two minutes of the auction adds another two minutes onto the clock.

For sellers, there’s no waiting period or potentially costly logistics involved in moving the car to an auction hall – if the team are contacted on a Monday they can have that car listed on the site by Wednesday and sold just a week later.

Sales Director Rob Thornton adds: ‘We wanted to make the process fair and transparent. Sellers enjoy a quick sale and the opportunity to present their car to significantly more people than would be possible via a traditional private sale; buyers have the opportunity to really get to know the car from its highly detailed description and photographic package, which will help avoid a wasted journey should they then choose to make a physical inspection.’

The first two vehicles to be offered by Berlinetta CCA in the new Weekly format will be a Renault Alpine A610 and Lotus Elan Series 3, both desirable classic cars.

To find out more about Berlinetta Weekly Classic Car Auctions click here

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1968 Lotus Elan Series 3 Special Equipment Drop Head Coupe Desirable Series 3 Special Equipment Drop Head Galvanised chassis Over £4,200 recently spent Highly original with amazing history file

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1979 Renault Alpine A310 Recently restored V6 engine Replacement chassis Original paint, interior needs re-trimming and finishing. A fantastic and rewarding project to complete.

Auction Preview and Our Picks – SWVA January 2017 Classic Car Sale

South West Vehicle Auctions January Sale kicks off a packed 2017 calendar of classic car auctions, and with the weather predicted to make a turn for the worst and wallets still empty from Christmas, it will be interesting to see how the classic market starts the year.

SWVA offers a variety of classics, from the predictable to the slightly more unusual.

The auction takes place on January 27th 2017. View the full lot list HERE.

Here’s our picks from the upcoming sale, and why:

First up, and our first love… the BMWs:

Lot 23 – BMW 840ci – 166,000 miles – £4,900 – £5,750

Big miles but it’s the desirable 4.0 litre in a beautiful colour…

Lot 33 – BMW E30 325i Cabriolet – 109,815 miles – £2,500 to £3,000

6 Cylinder with arguably the wrong gearbox and definitely the wrong wheels…

Lot 35 – BMW E30 318is Coupe – 169,724 miles – £1,900 to £2,500

Again, big miles, but our tip is for this one to smash it’s estimate

Lot 47 – BMW E30 318 Cabriolet – 71,000 miles – £4,000 to £5,000

Lovely looking car all round and again, we think it’ll smash that estimate

Our next picks are a couple of big Benz’s:

Lot 37 – Mercedes-Benz W123 230 TE – 134,000 miles – £2700 to £3200

W123 estates in good condition are getting hard to find. Could be a sound investment here.

Lot 46 – Mercedes-Benz W140 S600 V12 Coupe – 102,000 miles – £5,000 to £6,000

A properly built, V12 coupe with reasonable mileage? Yes, we’ll have this thanks. Oh, and howmanyleft.co.uk think there are just 24 of these in the country!

Lot 52 – Mercedes-Benz W126 560 SEC Coupe – 104,150 miles – £2,500 to £,3000

To put it simply, how many of these are coming up for sale? howmanyleft.co.uk says there are only 180 remaining. More than you thought? But where are they all?

And finally… A couple of plucky Brits:

Lot 14 – MG F Roadster – 55,955 miles – £1,200 to £1,500

This is an interesting one because it’s a low mileage iconic car. That red, those wheels, isn’t that just what springs to mind when you think of an MG F? Our bet is that this car smashes the estimate.

Lot 67 – Rover Mini Cooper – 77,164 miles – £2,500 to £3,000

We’ve chosen this lot for the same reason we’ve highlighted the MG. It’s the iconic colour combination and specification for a late model Rover Mini Cooper. Definitely one to watch.

 

AUCTION PREVIEW: MODERN CLASSICS, DECEMBER 8th 2016

Which auction is it?

Modern Classics, Brightwells

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When is it?

8th December 2016

Where is it? 

Leominster Classic Motoring Auction Centre, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE

Which car should I definitely be bidding on?

This one:

LOT 28: 1989 BMW E30 C25 Alpina Convertible

Guide Price £15,000 – 17,000

Although there’s a fair few E30s in this auction, this has to be the pick of the bunch. With Alpina’s superb touch on the interior, suspension and handling. The C2 had a new exhaust manifold, pistons and camshafts, as well as Bilstein suspension and Alpina-specified spring and damper rates.

Not many of these were made, and less of them have survived in this sort of condition.

With E30 M3 prices sitting above £40,000, this (arguable rarer) Alpina version could be the bargain of the auction.

Is it rare? Yes. Is it beautiful? Yes. Will values increase? Yes. What’s not to love?

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What else should I be bidding on?

LOT 8: 1993 BMW E30 318i Convertible / Guide Price £6,000 – £8,000

Another E30 and this time a four pot. Let’s see what the market says.

LOT 16: 1992 TOYOTA CELICA GT4 TURBO / Guide Price £7,000 – £9,000

Cool as HELL and we want it. 4×4 Turbo with Carlos Sainz name on it? Sold.

LOT 26: 1980 MERCEDES-BENZ R107 / Guide Price £15,000 – £18,000

It’s an SL, it’s yellow, it’s beautiful… We want to drive it on the Amalfi coast.

LOT 31: 1989 Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth / Guide Price £26,000 – £28,000

Remember the days when a tired ‘Saph Cossie was £2,000? Yup.

LOT 37: 1994 AUDI RS2 AVANT / Guide Price £35,000 – £37,000

It’s Right Hand Drive, it’s an estate, and it should do 150mph. Everything we love.

LOT 61: 2000 PEUGEOT 106 GTI / Guide Price £5,500-£6,000

52k on the clock and not wrapped around a tree? Me, Me, Me!

LOT 48: 1986 BMW E30 C2 2.7 Alpina / Guide Price £16,000-18,000

Why? Well, have you ever seen another one…?

LOT 52: 1988 BMW E24 M635 CSI / Guide Price £20,000-22,000

Probably the last time you can afford to buy one

LOT 54: 1997 BMW E36 316I / Guide Price £1,500-1,800

It’s a 4 pot, it’s a compact, it’s not got leather. Should go for peanuts.

LOT 58: 1988 BMW E30 325i Convertible / Guide Price £4,000-6,000

E30 prices have gone mad, so we want to see what this one hits on the hammer

Auction Preview: Berlinetta CCA, 21.11.16

Which Auction? Berlinetta CCA

When? 20th and 21st November, 2016

Where? The Manor House Hotel, Near Oxford

Overview:

Berlinetta CCA is a relatively new auction house, with a fresh format and a new take on the way Classic Car Auctions function. Instead of the usual ‘pile them high, sell them fast’ approach of so many other auction houses, Berlinetta take the time to acquaint buyers with the cars, even being taken for a spin by the sellers prior to the hammer falling.

Our Pick: Lot 6 – 1999 Bentley Continental R

For the beautiful colour and sheer opulence alone, it has to be the Bentley. At £187,354 when new, the estimate of £30,000 to £40,000 it looks like an absolute bargain.

Adjusting the purchase price in 1996 for inflation, it’s the equivalent of spending £324,987 in 2016 – a staggering amount by any standard.

Just look at that interior… What a wonderful place to sit!

Auction Preview: Classics Central, 30th October 2016

Which auction is it?

Classics Central – ‘Modern classics and chrome-bumper favourites’

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When is it?

30th October 2016

Where is it? 

Bedford Autodrome, Thurleigh Airfield Business Park, Thurleigh, Bedfordshire, MK442YP

Which car should I definitely be bidding on?

This one:

LOT 28: 1989 BMW E30 C25 Alpina Convertible

Guide Price £15,000 – 17,000

Although there’s a fair few E30s in this auction, this has to be the pick of the bunch. With Alpina’s superb touch on the interior, suspension and handling. The C2 had a new exhaust manifold, pistons and camshafts, as well as Bilstein suspension and Alpina-specified spring and damper rates.

Not many of these were made, and less of them have survived in this sort of condition.

With E30 M3 prices sitting above £40,000, this (arguable rarer) Alpina version could be the bargain of the auction.

Is it rare? Yes. Is it beautiful? Yes. Will values increase? Yes. What’s not to love?

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What else should I be bidding on?

LOT 8: 1993 BMW E30 318i Convertible / Guide Price £6,000 – £8,000

Another E30 and this time a four pot. Let’s see what the market says.

LOT 16: 1992 TOYOTA CELICA GT4 TURBO / Guide Price £7,000 – £9,000

Cool as HELL and we want it. 4×4 Turbo with Carlos Sainz name on it? Sold.

LOT 26: 1980 MERCEDES-BENZ R107 / Guide Price £15,000 – £18,000

It’s an SL, it’s yellow, it’s beautiful… We want to drive it on the Amalfi coast.

LOT 31: 1989 Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth / Guide Price £26,000 – £28,000

Remember the days when a tired ‘Saph Cossie was £2,000? Yup.

LOT 37: 1994 AUDI RS2 AVANT / Guide Price £35,000 – £37,000

It’s Right Hand Drive, it’s an estate, and it should do 150mph. Everything we love.

LOT 61: 2000 PEUGEOT 106 GTI / Guide Price £5,500-£6,000

52k on the clock and not wrapped around a tree? Me, Me, Me!

LOT 48: 1986 BMW E30 C2 2.7 Alpina / Guide Price £16,000-18,000

Why? Well, have you ever seen another one…?

LOT 52: 1988 BMW E24 M635 CSI / Guide Price £20,000-22,000

Probably the last time you can afford to buy one

LOT 54: 1997 BMW E36 316I / Guide Price £1,500-1,800

It’s a 4 pot, it’s a compact, it’s not got leather. Should go for peanuts.

LOT 58: 1988 BMW E30 325i Convertible / Guide Price £4,000-6,000

E30 prices have gone mad, so we want to see what this one hits on the hammer