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Time-warp Austin Metro sells for a record £7,700 at Classic Car Auctions’ Carfest 2015 sale

More than 120 cars went under the hammer over two days at the Classic Car Auctions Carfest South sale. They included a time-warp 1983 Austin Metro that went for a massive £7,700 – by far the highest price of any Metro we’ve seen at auction.

The Metro Vanden Plas 500 had done just 741 miles. With one registered owner from new, it had spent many years in the Patrick Collection in Birmingham. Its selling price of £7,700 is more than double the highest auction price to-date; the next-highest price of £2,940 was made by a 1981 Metro S with 13,000 miles at Anglia Car Auctions' January 2015 sale.  

The Metro was quite some price distance behind the highest achiever at the Carfest sale. That accolade went to an original right-hand drive 1973 Jaguar E-type that sold for £58,300. It was a Series 3 V12 roadster that had been thoroughly restored in the 1990s, and had covered only 3,000 miles since.

There were some fascinating cars on offer in the 29-30 August sale, including a Mini Moke that was one of four cars converted by Wood & Pickett in 1966 for use in the cult 1960s TV series The Prisoner. In need of total restoration, it was recently discovered in a barn in Holland where it had been stored since 1974. It sold for £13,750.

Plenty of cars with celebrity connections were on offer too, including a 1972 BMW 3.0 CSA that was first owned by Hollywood actor Michael York and then later owned for several years by Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes. It had been recently resprayed and retained its original interior. It sold for £30,250.

Day two of the Carfest sale kicked off with a hugely popular charity lot donated by Hornby Hobbies – Martin Brundle’s dream 2015 F1 Scalextric circuit. At 45 metres long, with 177 pieces, it was the biggest Scalextric set-up the company had created, and featured the best corners, chicanes and sections from the 2015 F1 calendar.

It sold for £11,220, with 100 percent of the money donated to BBC Children In Need. Over the two days of the sale the auction raised a total of £25,000 for the charity.

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By Claire Evans

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