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Nearly 300 classics under the hammer at Anglia’s August sale

Anglia’s August auction lasted for seven hours and saw 291 cars go under the hammer. The car that exceeded expectations the most was a 1951 Austin A90 Atlantic coupe that had been restored during the late 1990s at a cost of almost £65,000.

Following the then owner's passing, the car was garaged from 2001 until this year. The three-owner car was sold with a massive history file including restoration photos, invoices and detailed documents. It was described as being in superb condition throughout aside from surface corrosion to the bumpers. Its selling price of £24,937 including buyer’s premium was almost £5,000 above estimate and by far the highest auction price we’ve seen for this model.

In contrast, the highest achiever at the marathon seven-hour sale appeared to be a relative bargain. A European spec, left-hand drive BMW Z8 with just 55,000 kms (34,000 miles) and full service history, it went for £152,250. Other low-mileage examples have fetched around £200k at auction sales so far this year.

And the 1980 Ferrari 308GTS on offer only just nudged past its lower estimate of £55,000, selling for £55,650. A UK, steel-bodied, carburettor-fed model, it had invoices dating back to 1988 and its odometer was showing just under 88,000 miles.

Some rare models could be found among the hordes of Fords, Minis and MGs, including a 1974 Austin 10 CWT Marina pick up. It had been extensively restored in the late 1990s to near concours standard, and was featured in Practical Classics in 2001. After standing unused for a decade, it was recommissioned over the past year. It sold for £7,980, nearly £1,000 above its upper estimate.

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By Claire Evans

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