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Modern classics make strong money at Classic Car Auctions sale

A 1990 Lancia Delta HF Integrale in full Martini rally livery sold for £11,600 at Classic Car Auctions’ second sale on 21 April. Although a high-miler (165,000kms), the left-hand-drive car had a good spec, kitted out with Speedline 16-inch four-stud alloys, factory-fitted black leather interior with HF logos on the seats and a Supersprint exhaust. Its selling price topped the estimate by more than £1,600.

Another sports inspired 1990s hatchback also made good money at the Silverstone Circuit sale. A 1994 Renault Clio Williams with three owners and full history went for £6,360 - £360 more than predicted. The Series One Williams, reputedly one of only 80 still on the road in the UK, had covered 78,000-miles and was sold with an appropriate private plate: L55 RCW.

The most hotly contested sale of the day was a Marcos 1600GT, which eventually sold for £12,720 - £1,700 above its upper estimate. The 1969 model had been restored by the vendor over the past decade; the work included an engine strip down, respray, new floor and carpets.

There were also some relative bargains at the sale, including the day’s highest achiever, a Ford Mustang Convertible. The 50-year-old American icon sold for £24,380, nearly £2,000 under its lower estimate. The selling price wasn’t far short of the £22,000 spent on the car over the past 10 years by the vendor.

There were four Minis on offer on the day, among them a pair of low-mileage time-warp cars. First up was a Rover Mini City E that had covered 16,000 miles from new; it seemed cheap at £3,498. Next was a 1989 Austin Mini 30th Anniversary special edition, which made more than twice as much. In original cherry red metallic paint, with half leather trim, and with a documented 17,925 miles, it sold for £8,162.

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By Claire Evans

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