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Low-miler makes big money at Barons sale

A 1996 X300 with 16,000 warranted miles sold for £7,370 at the Barons 16 December sale; that’s more than twice the average XJ6 auction sale price.

Described as ‘the nearest thing to a new X300 as you’re likely to find’, the sapphire blue model was sold with all original books, service history and previous MOTs.

Around 60 XJSs have been sold at auction over the past 24 months, and the average price achieved is £2,662.

Other British models sold at the last classic car auction of 2014 included a recently restored Morris 1300GT, which went for £8,085, and a 1967 Austin Mini Cooper that fetched £10,670 with buyer’s premium.

Although restored 20 years ago, the Cooper was resprayed a couple of years ago, and retained the majority of its original interior, which looked to be in very good condition.

The highest price of the sale was gained by a 1966 Austin-Healey 3000. Described as an older restoration and in average condition, it sold for £31,350.

The lowest price of the sale was £1,650; three cars went for this price: a 1985 Austin Mini City E, a 1995 Mercedes S280 and a 1954 Wolseley 4/44.

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By Claire Evans

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