Today, in the same hall, you could have bought am 89F FIAT Panda for £40, a 98R Nissan Skyline GTR for £15,900, or a 96P Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious Esprit V8 for £16,000. (It was a non-runner with gearbox and fuel system problems.)
But when you see things like a 49k mile 97P Lada Samara sell for all of £110, you’re well aware there are more customers than cars.
Part-exchange rubbish was making bags of cash: 122k mile 90H Renault 5 Campus £70; 79k mile unwarranted, imported 89F Nova 1.2 Merit £240; 27k mile 91H Peugeot 205 1.1XR £525; 79k mile 86D Renault 25 V6 auto bid to £120. Even an 89k mile 92K Frontera Sport sold for £1,925. While an admittedly very tidy 92k mile 92K reg BMW 318iS with sunroof bid to a serious £3,575.
Mondeos also seem to have picked up a bit. A 61k mile 95M 1.8LX auto sold for £825; a 147k mile 98S 1.8LX bid to £1,175, and a 15k mile 2001X 1.8 Verona in a nice metallic grey sold for £4,950.
If anything, Vectras have nosed ahead of Mondeos. A 115k mile 98S SRI 140 sold for £2,100, a 86k mile 95N 1.8GLS sold for £1,900 and a 103k mile 96P 2.0GLS auto sold for £1,550.
A scruffy 46k mile 99T MX5 1.8S left its reserve of £7,650 way behind to sell for £8,150. A 4k mile 2002/52 Lexus IS300 Sportcross with the doubtful history of personal import and two owners sold for £21,400. A monstrous 25k mile Y reg Nissan Patrol 3.0DI SE+ 7-seater sold for £17,950; a 92k mile and a 12k mile Y reg Alfa 156 2.0TS Veloce Sportwagon sold for £10,200.
Were there any bargains? There are always bargains. A 99V Rover 75 2.0CDT Club bid to just £4,850, which would have seemed cheap if it wasn’t for the mileage of 138,459. So car of the day had to be a clean, tidy 76k mile 96P Toyota Camry 3.0V6 auto with leather, sold to the man with the private hire business for £2,900.
Remember, BCA Blackbushe has switched its Friday LCV sale to Thursdays, so Friday’s sale is now 3 halls of cars. For information of upcoming BCA auctions, visit www.bca-auctions.co.uk Full list of auction centres throughout the country at www.honestjohn.co.uk (go back to the home-page and click on auction directory).
There’s a really good Classic Auction coming up by H&H at Pavilion Gardens, Buxton on 19th February. Entries include what appears to be a fabulous 1959 Mercedes 300SL with excellent history and four wheel disc brake conversion estimated at a conservative £100,000 – £120,000. I’d have thought more than that for a really good one, as these still provide a great drive: better than any standard E-Type Jaguar including the SIII. Other entries include a historic racing 1955 Peugeot 203, a 1934 MG NA Magnette single seater, an ex Gerry Marshall 1965 TVR Griffith V8 coupe, the 1956 EJS Climax Sports Special and plenty more both ancient and modern: a 1949 Land Rover, a 1930 Humber 16/50 DHC, a 1952 Healey Tickford 2.4, a 1935 Graham Paige, a 1963 Lagonda Rapide, a 1992 Jag XJ220 and even a 1956 Paramount. Automobilia will be sold the day before: Tuesday 18th February. More details from H&H by phoning 01925 730630, or by visiting www.classic-auctions.co.uk Please note H&H has finally raised its commission rate from 5% to 7.5% + VAT (on the commission only).
And remember, Brightwells HUGE 4×4 SALES at Leominster have now gone WEEKLY instead of fortnightly. The next is next Tuesday, 18th February at Leominster Market on the A49 by-pass, Leominster, Herefordshire, phone: 01568 611325, website: www.brightwells.com