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Strong sellers and bargains abound at Classic Car Auctions’ first sale

The first lot, a 1951 Land Rover Series 1, was sold by Classic Car Show presenter Quentin Willson. A project vehicle with no history file, it sold for £5,035 – a good price considering the average for S1s over the past 24 months at auction is £10,600.

Another car that made good money at the sale was a 1993 BMW M5 Nurburgring Edition. One of 350 right-hand drive cars, the original condition BMW sold for just over £13,000.

Other German models proved popular, including a very desirable 1957 VW T2 pick-up. Over the past year it had been treated a £5,000 custom conversion to turn it into a period race-car transporter. Fitted with a more powerful 1641cc engine it would easily be capable of taking a classic sportscar to the Goodwood Revival. It didn’t quite achieve its lower estimate, but was snapped up for £16,430.

The highest achiever of the day was a 2001 Porsche 996 Turbo. One of only three 996 Turbos finished in Riviera Blue, the car has had one owner for the past 10 years and covered a documented 79,000 miles. It sold for £30,740 – more than £4,000 above its higher estimate.

There was some strong performance from British marques too, including a time-warp Mini Cooper that achieved almost £17,000. The 2001 Rover Mini had covered just 182 miles over the past 14 years, and was sold with an extensive history file. A second Mini Cooper, a 1969 Mk2 also with an extensive history file, sold for just over £8,000.  

UK-built bargains abounded too: a 1989 Daimler 3.6 sold for just £795, a 1983 TVR 350i went for £1,800 and a 1989 Lotus Esprit sold for only £7,800. With the average auction price for Esprits at a little over £10,000 over the past 24 months, the 2.2 manual sold here seemed like quite a steal. 

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By Claire Evans

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