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Vintage cars outstrip modern classics at Brightwells’ May sale

The highest achiever at Brightwells’ 13 May sale was a great-looking Frazer Nash TT replica that had extensive competition history in the hands of Peter Still. The 1937 chain-driven car was bought by the current vendor from Brightwells in 2014. Since then it has been rewired and had some mechanical work. It seriously outstripped its £160,000 upper estimate, selling for £236,500.

Another strong seller was a 1928 Delage DM rolling chassis. Although the bodywork only consisted of a bulkhead and dashboard, the car was said to be mechanically complete with a freely-turning engine. Selling for £22,550, it almost tripled its upper estimate of £8,000.

The ever-popular E-type also did well at the Leominster sale. Three cars were on offer, and although the priciest, a Series 1 roadster, failed to reach its £93,000 estimate, the other two sold. First up was a 1966 fixed-head coupe that sold for just under £54,000 - £14,000 above estimate. It was followed by a 1971 V12 coupe restoration project that was snapped up for £15,000.

There were plenty of appealing British classics on offer, including a hillclimb spec Mini Cooper S with a 1380cc A Series engine mated to a modified gearbox. It fetched just under £18,000.

There were some great bargains among the more modern classics including a 1993, one-lady-owner Escort XR3i that sold for £2,200, and an ex-Practical Classics Renault 5 Campus that went for £880. The cheapest route to racing we’ve seen for some time was a Fiat Bravo HGT prepared for the Evo Tin Top series. It sold for just £1,210.  

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By Claire Evans

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