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British and German marques prove popular at SWVA sale

South Western Vehicle Auctions’ first sale of 2015 was a resounding success, with some cars making serious money.

The highest achiever at the 30 January sale was an early Jaguar E-type, which sold for £50,350 – that’s nearly £15,000 above its upper estimate, and a high price for a non-runner that had to be pushed in and out of the auction ring.

The 1962 car was originally exported to the USA and little is known about its history until it returned to the UK in 1999. It’s believed to have been converted to right-hand drive by the E-type Centre in Derbyshire before being exported to Cavan, Ireland. Once there, it was dry stored until shortly before this sale.

The R107 Mercedes SL is a sports car that’s tipped by some for a rise in value this year. Not all the R107s at the SWVA sale proved popular, but a two-owner, one-driver, low-mileage 350SL sold for nearly £11,000. The 36-year-old car had covered only 38,000 miles from new and had been stored since 2000. Although in need of some refurbishment, it had the correct alloys and looked to be in highly original condition. It exceeded its upper estimate by more than £4,000.

Another one-driver car that proved popular was a Ford Escort RS Turbo. The 1989 car was in excellent condition for its age, retaining its original paintwork, alloy wheels and interior trim. It had full service history and a warranted 36,000 miles. It sold for £9,222.

The second British car to far outstrip expectations was a Rover Metro. The 1991 car had been owned by one husband and wife from new, and was put into storage in 1991 with just 21,840 miles on the clock. Bidding for the very clean looking supermini shot past the £900 upper estimate and went on to £1,500.

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By Claire Evans

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