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TV cars break records at Coys Autosport sale

Seven of around 170 classics auctioned by Coys at the 10 January sale had been restored for Ant Anstead of the popular TV series. There was a lot of interest in all the TV cars, and two of them achieved the highest auction prices we’ve seen to date for these models.

First to soar past previous results was a 1972 Saab 96 that went for £9,200 – that’s more than double the average price for condition 1 cars we’ve seen recently at auction. The previous highest achiever from the past 24 months in our database is a 1976 model that sold for £4,200 at Bonhams’ 2014 Retromobile auction. The Coys car had undergone a total nut and bolt restoration at MRH in Hertford. Aside from minor mechanical modernisations, the only major deviation from original spec was its part-tartan interior trim, chosen as a nod to the fact that the car had been stored for a long time near Edinburgh.

Another 1970s icon, a Mk1 Ford Transit, also sold for a record price of £10,925. Originally from Malta, the matching numbers Perkins diesel Transit was restored by Ford specialist Classic and Retro in Essex. The closest model to this selling price we’ve seen recently was an ex-Swiss fire department Mk1 that achieved £8,580 at Brightwells’ September 2014 sale.

The highest achieving For the Love of Cars vehicle was a 1969 Aston Martin DBS Vantage restored by marque specialist RS Williams, which sold for £166,500.

Another For the Love of Cars highlight was an ex-Grampian police pursuit Rover SD1. It was snapped up by the Grampian Motor Museum for £11,213.

The other TV series cars were a 1971 Fiat 500L, which sold for £9,775, a 1958 Beetle that went for £16,675 and a Mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTI restored in full rally spec that went for £10,925.

There were also plenty of historic racing cars on offer at the Autosport sale, including Kimi Raikkonen’s Tatuus Formula Renault single-seater that went for £10,350. 

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By Claire Evans

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