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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.


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

Escort RS Cosworth Price Watch

The Escort RS Cosworth first appeared on UK streets back in 1992, and remained in production for four years, with Ford finally pulling the plug in 1996.

The ‘Cossie left a lasting impression with many young men, and being one of those myself (writes Joe), it’s always been right at the top of my ‘Must Have’ shopping list of cars.

Over the years, we’ve seen the values drop to near 4 figures, but in 2013-14 values seem to have been rising steadily, so we put this blog together to track the rise and rise of Cosworth values.

With classic car values increasing across the board, Good Shout Media predict that we’ll be seeing the £100,000 Escort RS Cosworth at an auction near you in the not too distant future…

We’ll update this blog as and when we spot Escort RS Cosworths prices creeping up in the private market, as well as at notable auctions, or at the intervals listed below.

(Note – eBay listings are for Classified or Buy It Now listings only)

1st February 2015

Cheapest eBay: 1994 Escort RS Cosworth 4×4 / 72,000 miles / £19,900

Escort RS Cosworth

Cheapest Auto Trader: 1996 Escort RS Cosworth Lux / 110,000 miles / £17,800
Escort RS Cosworth Values

Most expensive eBay: 1992 Escort RS Cosworth / 8,000 miles / £49,950Escort RS Cosworth

Most expensive Auto Trader: 1996 Escort RS Cosworth Lux / 25,424 miles / £39,950

Escort RS Cosworth

1st October 2016

Cheapest eBay: 1996 FORD ESCORT RS COSWORTH BLACK / 7 Owners, Mileage Not Listed / £18,995


Cheapest Auto Trader: Ford Escort 2.0 RS Cosworth Lux 3dr / 114,000 miles /  £24,989


Most Expensive eBay: Ford Escort RS COSWORTH LUXURY / 34,000 miles / £49,994


Most Expensive Auto Trader: Ford Escort 2.0 RS Cosworth Lux 4×4 3dr / 16,243 miles / £50,000


21st October 2018

Long time since we posted on this page but prices have been climbing at quite a rate. This one is £91k and even at that price they can’t afford proper lighting for the photos

24th August 2020

Sorry for the two year delay! The most expensive one we found in 2018 was a shade under £100k, and things haven’t gone on too far…

Cheapest eBay: 

1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth, Big Turbo 2wd, 95,000 miles for £39,995

The cheapest Escort Cosworth on eBay has 95k on the clock and is going to set you back forty grand

Cheapest AutoTrader:

1993 Ford Escort RS Cosworth Lux 4×4 3dr, 77k miles for £39,990

Most Expensive Ebay:

Clearly it’s getting silly now. These are just the public ones, so we’re sure that there’s been a £100,000 Escort RS Cosworth behind closed doors.

2,589 miles from new for £84,750
2,873 miles from new for £92,500

Most Expensive Autotrader:

Ford Escort RS Cosworth 4wd Lux 3-Door 2.0 3dr, 5 owners, 7,600 miles

Speculative price guesses and hyperbole laden blogs aside…

We think Rowan Atkinson’s F1 really is the best colour for a McLaren F1.

Atkinson's McLaren F1 on display at Goodwood Festival of Seed

Atkinson’s McLaren F1 on display at Goodwood Festival of Speed

As news breaks that Britain’s favourite comedian is about to sell his famous McLaren F1, we thought we’d skip the speculation around the sale figure and just take a moment to enjoy the damn thing as it is.

The already legendary car gained even more publicity after it was involved in an incident with a Rover Metro in 1999. The McLaren caught the rear end of the Rover Metro on the slip-road adjoining a motorway, causing significant damage to the front end of the car.

The car suffered significant front end damage after an altercation with a Rover Metro in 1999

The car suffered significant front end damage after an altercation with a Rover Metro in 1999

In 2013 another crash left the McLaren almost completely destroyed; an accident which resulted in Britain’s highest ever insurance payout – reported to be £900,000.

After losing control on a slippery bend in Peterborough, the McLaren hit a tree and caught fire. Much of the rear end of the car was destroyed, and the engine came to rest 20 yards from the car.

The crash that resulted in Britain's highest ever insurance payout, reportedly it cost over £900,000 to get Atkinson's McLaren F1 back on the road

The crash that resulted in Britain’s highest ever insurance payout, reportedly it cost over £900,000 to get Atkinson’s McLaren F1 back on the road

The aftermath

The aftermath of Britain’s most expensive single vehicle collision

The car was subject to a lengthy rebuild at McLaren HQ, and was subsequently featured in Classic & Sportscar Magazine.

We think when it comes up for sale, it’ll cause quite a stir.

All finished - Rowan Atkinson's McLaren F1 standing proud at McLaren HQ

All finished – Rowan Atkinson’s McLaren F1 standing proud at McLaren HQ

Hunting for Hunter’s Lamborghini

Hunter S Thompson was a prolific writer, who’s writing changed the face of journalism and has a huge following around the world. As well as being a writer, Hunter was a ‘car guy’. Much of his work hints at his adventures (or misadventures) with two and four wheels, using vehicles of all shapes and sizes.

In the book Songs of the Doomed Hunter describes his experiences with the mighty Lamborghini LM002 4×4 supercar engined jeep. Our question is…

Did Hunter S Thompson own a Lamborghini LM002?

According to those that knew him, he was never flush with cash. Although he’d made money early in his writing career, by the late 1970s he was fading out of focus. The ‘Rumble in the Jungle Incident’ (being drunk in the hotel pool instead of actually reporting on the most significant boxing match of all time) of 1974 was the beginning of a strange and gradual decline…. So did he have the money to invest in a six-figure rare and exotic car?


Where is Hunter S Thompson’s Lamborghini LM002 now?

Although much of his work has become widely read after his death, based on the blurred line between fact and fiction in much of Hunter S Thompson’s writing; it could be said that HST never owned an LM002. Despite being a well paid journalist and respected freelance writer, HST wasn’t the kind of person to have $100,000 at his disposal to lavish on outrageous purchases (If anyone can clarify or correct us on this point we’d love to hear from you).

Would he have spent it all on Heineken and ammunition before getting the chance to park an LM002 outside Owl Farm?

Cars like the Lamborghini LM002 don’t disappear, and they’re not cheap in 2014 (when this blog was first written). A recent auction of an LM002 is expected to make around $250,000, and the vehicles will only be appreciating. Edit.. It’s now 2020 and this blog is 6 years old, this one did $467,000 in 2017, this one did £157,000 in July 2020 and this one is currently for sale.

Being a rare vehicle, the chances are that someone knows what happened to Hunter’s Lamborghini, and knowing that the great HST himself had been listed on the vehicle registration document would be sure to cause a stir if the car turned up at auction. Perhaps Johnny Depp, or John Cusack, or Bill Murray have it squirrelled away in a lock up in California…?

We would love to think that Hunter S Thompson’s Lamborghini will turn up one day, a car will head to auction with Raul Duke listed as a previous owner… but until then, we can only wonder.

If you can share any knowledge on the whereabouts of Hunter’s Lamborghini, or whether he even owned the vehicle, then do get in touch – we’d love to find out more.

Here’s what Hunter S Thompson had to say about the Lamborghini LM002:

The big weird jeep was still there, lurking peacefully under the trees and almost invisible in the mist and the hanging Spanish moss… It was huge, but it had no colour. It came from the factory with no paint – only a dull stainless steel finish that soon faded to a filthy shade of yellow and millions of tiny reddish pits all over the hood and doors and even the Panzer-style undercarriage.

“Theses holes are not rust,” the pompous little factory rep assured me. “What you see here is priceless chemical development that was applied to the vehicle after fifty-five years of careful research at our secret Colour Lab in the Milanese Alps.. So you must be patient” he warned. “This process takes time. It involves the slow liberation of the Astro-Bacteria, which is frequently lethal to laymen. And which did, in fact, end the life of the tragic genius who first invented it, a man named Squane from Austria”.

Well, maybe so, I figured. It was ugly and pitted all over with millions of festering poison pits, which boiled and bubbled constantly and infected all who touched it…But it was a full-bore Lamborghini hot rod, a monstrous thing that weighed 5000 pounds with bulletproof glass and twelve cylinders with a top speed of 125 miles per hour and a .50 caliber machine-gun mount behind the drivers seat… One night on the Big Sur Highway I beat a Porsche 928 from the Carmel Bridge to Nepenthe by nine minutes, mainly because I beat her like a cheap hound on the curves. It was a small woman driving the 928 and she went all to pieces when I passed her at 110 on the Bixby Creek Bridge and then squeezed her into the sand dunes…


Why not? It happened to me once – in Sacramento, when some Japs in a brute Lamborghini ran me down The Parkway like I was standing still, then bashed me repeatedly at top speed until I finally lost control… It was one of the ugliest moments of my life and I’ll never forget it. Those tattooed swine! I should have had them locked up, but I was helpless. After that, I got one of my own, for $150,000


It was still early and we still had an hour to kill, so I drove around for a while and listened to Bob Dylan songs while I took the big Lambo through Cherokee Park at speeds that caused Andrew to lose his grip again. He wept and jabbered and cursed me as I aimed the huge tank of a jeep down narrow roads full of S-curves at a hundred miles an hour without even touching the brakes…

– Hunter S Thompson, Songs of the Doomed

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