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Modern classics make big money at Anglia sale

Biggest hammer price of the day was predictably for a Ferrari - a 1991 Testarossa with 54,000kms and full service history. The left-hand drive car, first registered in Germany, sold for £60,000 (£63k inc premium). 

But the strong performance of V8-engined R107 Mercedes SLs was more interesting. One 1986 420SL sold for £9,030 - almost twice its upper estimate. Although its mileage was high at more than 160,000 miles, it had full service history and only three owners, one lady owner for 23 years. 

The other 420SL, also a 1986 car, sold for £6,930 - nearly £3,000 more than its upper estimate. Again a high-miler, it had leather trim and had been fitted with a new hood in 2014. 

Although the smaller engined 1980s SLs at the sale did reasonably well, these results seem to indicate that the values of models at either end of the range are drifting apart. 

Less exotic, but just as desirable is the Fiesta XR2. Two were on offer at this sale: a 1983 Mk1 and a 1985 Mk2. Showing the disparity in  values between the two models, the Mk1 achieved £9,240 while the slightly newer car only made £3,500.  

While many of the other lots on offer were lower end traditional British marques, such as Austin and Morris, the 250-car sale did include some unusual motors. A 1925 Wolseley 11/22 four-seater tourer owned by one family since the 1960s went for just over £10,000, and a pair of Scootacars also proved popular. The 1963 Mk1 sold for £28,350 and a rare 1962 Mk2 made by Hunslett Engineering in Leeds went for £22,050. 

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By Claire Evans

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