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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


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


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


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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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


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

Estimate (£): 180,000 – 220,000




goodshoutmedia-auction-results-featuredThe South West Vehicle Auctions January Sale was one of the first big sales of 2017, and we published a preview in the week leading up to the event… but how did the sale go, and how did our picks perform?

The auction took 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

Our Pre-Auction Comment: Big miles but it’s the desirable 4.0 litre in a beautiful colour…

SOLD £5,508

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

Our Pre-Auction Comment: 6 Cylinder with arguably the wrong gearbox and definitely the wrong wheels…

SOLD £4,320

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

Our Pre-Auction Comment: Again, big miles, but our tip is for this one to smash it’s estimate

SOLD £5,400

(Smashed the estimate, like we said it would)

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

Our Pre-Auction Comment: Lovely looking car all round and again, we think it’ll smash that estimate

SOLD £6,480

(Smashed the estimate, like we said it would)

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

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

Our Pre-Auction Comment: W123 estates in good condition are getting hard to find. Could be a sound investment here.

SOLD £4,968

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

Our Pre-Auction Comment: A properly built, V12 coupe with reasonable mileage? Yes, we’ll have this thanks. Oh, and think there are just 24 of these in the country!

SOLD £5,832

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

Our Pre-Auction Comment: To put it simply, how many of these are coming up for sale? 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

Our Pre-Auction Comment: 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.

SOLD £1,025

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

Our Pre-Auction Comment: 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.

SOLD £5,076




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?


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 Report – BMWs of CCA Everyman Sale, September 24th 2016

There were a number of interesting classic BMW cars crossing the block at the latest Classic Car Auctions Everyman Classics September Sale… Here’s how the hammer fell. (Please note, prices are the final hammer price, and do not include premiums and fees)

BMW E36 M3 3.0 Coupe (Estimate £8,000 – £10,000)

Sold on the hammer – £10,400


The car presented here is a 1994 E36 M3 in the distinctive BMW colour of Avus Blue. This right-hand drive, UK car is in great original condition, having covered just 76,000 miles with just two former keepers. The car drives and feels just as you’d expect from such a well-preserved example. The driver-focused interior displays minimal wear, with even the wear-prone sports seats in great condition.

Trying to find an earlier E36 M3 in this sort of condition is getting much harder. The inherent build-quality from this era is high, with a real feeling of being built-for-purpose and BMW had a hard act to follow after the E30 M3, so invested heavily in the development and execution of these early M3 E36 cars.

This car comes with its BMW book-pack, a full set of keys, and the main dealer service records are consistent with the mileage. It has been hiding in a private BMW collection for 2 years, explaining the low mileage, and was recently subjected to a full recommissioning, with fresh brake pads and an MoT until August 2017. With prices having risen significantly for well-preserved and original E30 M3s, this is an ideal opportunity now to acquire its younger sibling before they do the same. This car is the right example to buy and keep

BMW E36 M3 GT Coupe (Estimate £16,000 – £20,000)

Sold on the hammer £18,500


This car is in simply fabulous condition inside and out and needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. In addition to the above, it’s fitted with, parking sensors, cruise control, red leather dash, dual climate air conditioning, Harmon Kardon sound system, remote central locking, 4 x electric windows, electric sunroof, heated mirrors, and an auto dim rear view mirror. It has covered 107,277 miles with a full documented history including an engine re-build by Dick Lovett BMW at 83,835 miles and is accompanied by a comprehensive history file containing over Ј10,000 worth of receipts!! An absolutely superb, very rare E36 M3 Imola.

BMW E30 M3 (Estimate £45,000 – £50,000)

Sold on the hammer £44,000


Extremely rare right hand drive M3…..This Misano Red, (E30) M3 EVO II is number 276 of 500 produced, and one of only 50 officially imported to the United Kingdom. Its rarity is considerably increased by being one of only 6 converted to right-hand drive by Birds of Iver. The current custodian is reluctantly parting with his pride and joy after 16 years, during which time he has lavished much time and money to keep it just so. The car has been hibernating in a Carcoon for the last 8 years, however, is now the proud possessor of a new MOT.
Presented in superb condition, this 220 bhp Bavarian legend has unmarked 16 inch BBS alloys and pristine silver grey half leather interior and comes with a detailed service history.

1973 BMW E9 3.0 CSL (Estimate £17,000 – £20,000)

Sold on the hammer £17,200


The left-hand drive, Fjord Blue example here was built in 1973 and is powered by a 3-Litre straight six producing 180bhp on Solex Carbs. It has covered an unwarranted 57,800 miles and the vendor describes its condition as “Good”. These cars are a rare sight on UK roads today.

1972 BMW 2002 Touring (Estimate £5,000 – £7,000)

Sold on the hamer £5,800

This BMW 2002 Touring is in fantastic condition and is a little gem having covered only 65,000 miles with 3 owners from new (one family from new until 2011). The body work is very solid with no rust and has previously had two new wings. The paintwork is in good order and the colour is rare. All the chrome is in good condition and this car was put on display at classic car shows by its owner. The car also benefits from a Webasto roof which is lovely to have open and drive the country roads, the car handles so well. BMW had it right even back in 1972. Prices are on the rise so this is a real eye catcher. Supplied with 12 months MOT and recently recommissioned.


1989 BMW E24 635 CSI Highline (Estimate £6,000 – £8,000)

Sold on the hammer £8,200

A sparkling example of BMW’s classic eighties coupé…This elegant 635 CSi Highline is superbly presented in the really cool colour combination of Alpine White with Lotus White leather and Cream carpets.  First registered in August 1989, respected restorer Andrew Coxhead of 355 International, acquired this BMW in December 2013 with the intention of restoring it as part of his collection.

As is patently obvious from an inspection of the car, the return of this elegant 635’s bodywork to its brilliant best was completed to a good standard. When he purchased the car our vendor spent a further £2,000 on mechanical items including new front shock absorbers and bump stops, new off-side front caliper, new front brake reaction bushes, steering box pre-tension adjustment, four wheel laser alignment and changing the air conditioning refrigerant from R12 to R134a.

When properly set up and maintained, these classic ‘shark nose’ E24 Coupés are an absolute delight to drive. Have a good look at this super late-production example.


1991 BMW E30 M3 (Estimate £36,000 – £40,000)

Sold on the hammer £37,500

First registered on 28/06/1991, it’s an original UK supplied car and has been meticulously maintained judging by the detailed service history which includes a folder full of invoices and old MOTs. It has just had the sump gaskets replaced along with a full service using genuine parts. Overall this is a beautiful original example, inside and out, with a great history file and is a great investment opportunity.


1971 BMW 2002 Tii Round Light (No Reserve)

Sold on the hammer £7,920 

The two-litre version of the Michelotti-designed two-door cemented the company’s reputation for compact sporting saloons and served as the forerunner of the BMW ‘3’ Series. The Tii features a number of other mechanical modifications that makes the car more fun and more desirable as a collector’s car. 1 owner until 1986 and showing only 3 In total, 65,000 miles, Owned by BMW collector, Desirable Rare round light version. This very desirable Inca Orange, RHD, UK Supplied BMW 2002 Tii was first registered in 1971 and is the rare and desirable round light version. The car has been with its last owner since 1986 and used as a daily driver. BMW 2002s are rewarding cars to drive, particularly the Tii, as well as being practical and spacious for a small coupé. They are easy to maintain and cost-effective to run as well as being ballistically good fun to drive and this car ticks all the right boxes. The car would benefit from restoration or can be enjoyed in its present condition. These cars are becoming very rare and prices are on the rise.


2002 BMW Z3 M COUPÉ S54 (Estimate £22,000 – £25,000)

Sold on the hammer £21,500

Very collectable modern high-performance coupé… Introduced in 1998, the Z3M was designed to be a performance version of the Z3, featuring revised bodywork and the 3.2-litre, 317bhp engine from the E36 BMW M3 (S50). In 2001, the Z3M was fitted with the 338bhp S54 M-Sport engine, from the E46 M3.

One of only 269 built, this left-hand drive, Japanese import is in superb condition with a good service history and has clearly been cherished. This car, registration number ‘LU02 ARX’ is supplied with a UK V5c and a valid MOT certificate until August 2017. For fans of BMW’s legendary M-Sport Division, this rare S54-engined Z3M is not to be missed.


1991 BMW 850I E31 V12 AUTOMATIC (Estimate (£14,000 – £17,000)

Sold on the hammer £12,000

Currently showing a mere 38,000 miles, this well presented 1991 BMW 850i 5.0 litre V12 automatic, was first registered in March 1991, and has had four owners from new. Finished in Oxford Blue with an excellent Grey leather interior and sitting on the correct wheels, this stylish BMW coupé looks well cared for and is accompanied by its original service book (12 stamps) and 11 old MoT certificates.

As a general rule, we find that owners who are fastidious about the way they keep a car’s paperwork, apply the same level of care to looking after their car. The 850i is a complex motor car and they are becoming rare, so a well-maintained example that looks as good as this will surely prove a sound investment.


1985 BMW E28 M535i (Estimate (£10,000 – 15,000)

Sold on the hammer £9,500

A great example with low owners and good history…A rare E28 M535i using the revered BMW 6-cylinder engine. This rare mid-eighties BMW is in very good condition and is said to perform as well as you’d expect. It comes fitted with a factory body kit, shows only three previous keepers and has a good history file.

The vendor has carried out a recent comprehensive overhaul of the car including a full refurb of the trims and engine bay, new brakes, new battery and tyres, new fog lights and lamps, new badges and new indicator lamps. It’s also had a full service and a new MOT, with the invoices for all this work totalling over £7,000.


Low Mileage 1989 RST smashes upper estimate at SWVA Jan 30th Sale

Fast Fords continue to impress, with the early sale by SWVA setting the precedent as this ’89 ‘RST’ crosses the block way ahead of it’s upper estimate:

1989 Ford Escort RS Turbo

Sold: £9,222

Upper Estimate: £8,000

Auction: South Western Vehicle Auctions

Date: Jan 30th 2015


This car was purchased new in Jersey by the vendor in 1989. The car comes with the original purchase invoice. You really have to see this car. It is 100% original, has never been painted and the wheels have never been touched (see pictures). Comes with the complete service pack which includes 9 service stamps up until 1998 after which the car has been maintained by J.White LTD, specialists in maintaining classic cars based in Wareham Dorset. 132 BHP at 5750 RPM. 0-60 in 8.3 seconds with a top speed of 125mph.

Condition: 1-2 Estimated sale price: £7000 – £8000
Reg number: G710SAA
Date of registration: 20-09-2005 (manufactured 1989)
Mileage: 36,000 (warranted)
MOT: 13-01-2016