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Soft Tops Still Bargains at Auction

Mon, 19 Nov 2007
One look at the weather and you can see why. After an unusually mild start it was trying to snow at Blackbushe today.

This 44k mile 2004/54 MX-5 1.8 Sport was a peach, with leather and even satnav, yet all it fetched was £7,900. Whoever bought it will get that back and more next Spring.

Four respectable MGs made from £1,650 for the 98S MGF to £4,050 for the 02 MGTF VVC, and the 17k mile 02 MGF that sold for £3,300 had paint so fresh it still looked wet. Hot on their heels a 32k mile 96N Peugeot 306 1.8 auto cabrio that looked like it had been in the same ownership for a very long time sold for £1,550.

Low ‘provisionals’ (which means if the bid isn’t taken you could have another crack at them) included a 90k mile new shape 2004/54 Audi A6 Multitronic (with the sorted 7 plate clutch) bid to £8,850 and a 38k mile 04 reg FIAT Idea (not such a bad idea with the 1,3 Multijet diesel) bid to a derisory £2,600 against trade book of £3,575.

Cheap cheapies were a 125k mile 98R Jeep Cherokee for £850, a 109k mile 95N SAAB 3.0 V6 Griffin sold for £375, a very clean, rust-free 49k mile 05M FIAT Uno 1.0ie Start gone for £250, a 98k mile 97P Citroen Xantia 1.8iLX 16v with an ominously clicking hydraulic pump sold for £120 and an unwarranted mileage 94M Peugeot 106 1.0i Mardi Gras knocked down for £110.

Here’s the list. As usual, ‘s’ means sold. ‘p’ means top provisional bid, ‘n/s’ means not sold. ‘n/w’ means miles not warranted. ‘MNW’ means unknown mileage. ‘dmgd’ means damaged.

Audi A6 2.4SE Multitronic, satnav, 2004/54, 90k miles £8,850p
BMW E90 318i ES, 2005/55, 21k miles £11,200s
BMW 535i auto, 1997R, 160k miles £1,950p
Citroen Xantia 1.8iLX 16v, 1997P, 98k miles £120s
Citroen Xsara Picasso 2.0HDI, 2001/51, 96k miles £1,750s
Citroen Xsara Picasso 2.0HDI Desire, 2004/54, 52k miles £4,800s
FIAT Uno 1.0ie Start, 1995M, 49k miles £250s
FIAT Idea 1.3 Multijet Active, 04 reg, 38k miles n/w £2,600p
Ford Fiesta 1.2 16v Zetec 3-dr, 2000X, 32k miles £1,450s
Jaguar XJ8 3.2 auto, 1999T, 140k miles £2,450s
Jaguar XJ6 3.0C6 SE auto, satnav, 2005/55, 16k miles £19,700s
Jeep Cherokee 4.0 Ltd auto, 1998R, 125k miles n/w £850s
KIA Rio 1.3LX. 2002/52, 32k miles £1,825s
LandRover Defender 90 TD5 pick-up, 2004/54, 31k miles £7,900p
Mazda MX-5 1.8 Sport 6-sped, satnav, 2004/54, 44k miles £7,900s
MGF 1.8 roadster, 1998S, 50k miles n/w, £1,650s
MGF 1.8 VVC, hardtop, 1999V 65k miles n/w, £2,400s
MGF 1.8 roadster, 02 reg, 17k miles £3,300s
MGTF 1.8 VVC 160, 02 reg, 49k miles £4,050s
Mercedes A160 Elegance, 1998S, 96k miles £1,750s
Mercedes SLK32 AMG, satnav, 03 reg, 24k miles £17,800p
Mercedes SLK 280, satnav, 06 reg, 4k miles £23,800p
Peugeot 1.6 1.0i Mardi Gras 3-dr, 1994M, ?? miles n/w, £110s
Peugeot 306 1.8 cabrio auto, 1996N, 32k miles n/w £1,550s
SAAB 9000 CD 3.0 V6 Griffin, 1995N, 109k miles £375s
SEAT Leon 1.6 S, 2001/51, 60k miles £2,975s
SEAT Alhambra TDI PD 130 S, 2003/53, 104k miles £6,200s
Smart Passion, 02 reg, 52k miles n/w £3,125s
Toyota RAV-4 2.0GX SWB, 1997P, 85k miles £1,700s
VW Polo 1.4S 5-dr, 2000X, 28k miles n/w £2,900s
VW Bora 2.8VR6 4-Motion, 2001/51, 57k miles £3,600s

Upcoming Auctions at BCA Blackbushe in November

Wednesday 21st November 10.00am start
Volvo Car UK, Leaseplan Live Online, Black Horse, Lex, Bank of Scotland, Prime Fleet, Jardine p/x, Inchcape p/x, Sytner p/x, Snows Group p/x, Trident Honda p/x.

Thursday 22nd November 10.00am start
Light Commercials from Lloyds TSB, Dagenham Motors, Royal Mail, Lex, Vauxhall Leasing, Fleet Direct, Northgate, Peugeot, and Non Runners.

Friday 23rd November 10.00am start
Fleet & Finance, LTSB Autolease, Lex, Motability, Bank of Scotland, Citroen UK Ltd., Masterlease, Hitachi Capital, Peugeot Motor Co., General Section, Inchcape p/x, Charters p/x, Private Sure Sell.

Monday 26th November 10.00am start
Fleet Direct, Lex, Bank of Scotland, Inchcape Prestige, Porsche p/x, Mercedes Benz Retail p/x, TOP CAR, Franchised Dealer p/x, Inchcape no reserve p/x, Hartwells p/x, Pendragon p/x.

Wednesday 28th November 10.00am start
Leaseplan Live Online, Black Horse, Lex, Bank of Scotland, Prime Fleet, Jardine p/x, Inchcape p/x, Sytner p/x, Snows Group p/x, Trident Honda p/x.

Thursday 29th November 10.00am start
Light Commercials from Dagenham Motors, Lex, Fleet Direct, Peugeot, XBG, Citroen, Northgate, Leaseplan.

Friday 30th November 10.00am start
Fleet & Finance, LTSB Autolease, Motability, Lex, Vauxhall Leasing, Masterlease, Hitachi Capital, General Section, Inchcape p/x, Charters p/x, Private Sure Sell.

As always the best way to look for a specific car coming up at a BCA auction or to pre-check a day’s sale is to visit If you are a BCA account holder this service also now gives composite price information (average auction price, CAP and Glass’s) and now allows you to buy a selection of cars directly on-line.

Please Note BCA Now Charges All Private Buyers a £23.50 VCA New Keeper Transfer Fee. On behalf of the vendors, BCA is required to notify DVLA via the V5C of changes of ownership.

For sales at BCA Edinburgh, click here for full details:

For BCA online auctions go to Two types of sale: Live Online and Open Tender. These are only available to BCA MyBCA Loyalty Card holders.

For future police sales at West Oxfordshire Motor Auctions. Visit, click on ‘stocklist’, then click on search, or use the faxback on 0906 3080 953 at 60p per minute. Sales are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5.30pm.

Brightwells HUGE WEEKLY 4x4 SALE takes place every Tuesday at Easter’s Court on the A49 by-pass, Leominster, Herefordshire, start time 11.00am, phone: 01568 611325, website:


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