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500 Buyers at 'Classics From BCA' Auction

Thu, 06 Mar 2008
BCA’S new ‘Classics from BCA’ brand proved a winner in its first sale, attracting around 500 buyers to the Blackbushe Auction centre on 26th February and selling over fifty percent of the entry.

Robin Lawton, Head of Classics commented “The new brand certainly struck a chord with buyers and we saw a lot of new enthusiasts and first time buyers at Blackbushe. The event featured a wide selection of cars ranging from the 1930s to the 1990s and there was interest across the board.”

Top value on the day went a modern classic, the 1999 Aston Martin DB7 that sold for £22,000. Finished in blue with Magnolia hide interior trim, it had covered just over 53,000 miles with one previous owner. Very carefully maintained and always garaged, the car was in good mechanical condition in all departments.

The 1985 Mercedes-Benz 500 SEC was supplied new to comedian and TV personality, the late Bob Monkhouse, and its impressive specification included climate control and air conditioning, electrically heated front seats, blue hide upholstery, central locking and much more. AMG suspension and body kit were fitted and the car sat on 5-spoke alloy wheels with locking nuts. Finished in bright white this represented good value for the new owner at £4,250.

One of the more interesting of the modern classics on offer, the 220bhp Sierra Sapphire Cosworth was originally supplied to King Hussein of Jordan. A 1990 example, it was finished in metallic grey with a black leather interior and had covered less than 27,000 miles from new. Regularly maintained and professional valeted over many years, this supercar saloon sold for £10,450.

The oldest vehicle sold on the day was the 1930 Morris Cowley Pick-up Truck. Converted from its original saloon body in 1947 for use as a milk float, it had been refurbished to a very high standard in the 1990s. Finished in green and black with a stained timber truck body, this vehicle had been used for rallies and events and was ideal for promotional and advertising work. It sold for £3,750.

The sale featured a number of American cars, with the 1948 Cadillac Club Coupé being the oldest. Boasting a sleek fastback design, the car was finished in Ivory with brown interior trim and was in very original condition. Estimated at around £12,000, it actually sold for £14,300.

The 1965 Corvair coupé was finished in white with matching leather trim and was in largely original condition throughout. Acquired from a museum in Kansas and imported into the UK a number of years ago, the car’s recorded mileage of 40,250 was believed correct. It seemed exceptionally good value for its new owner at £3,900.

The Bentley R-Type 4-door saloon featured elegant coachwork by James Young, finished in dark blue over Old English White and with its original grey hide upholstery. Some sympathetic refurbishment had been undertaken in recent years and the car ran very well. With just three owners from new, this Bentley was good value at £11,000.

The next ‘Classics from BCA' sale takes place at the Bridgwater auction centre at 12.00 Noon on Tuesday 22nd April, with viewing on the morning of the sale from 9.30 am and on Monday 21st April from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm. Entrance is by catalogue only, priced at £18.00 (admits two). BCA Bridgwater is located two minutes from J23 of the M5 on the Bristol Road (A38). Catalogue details and illustrations are displayed on the new BCA site at, which also features a free classic valuation service, downloads and advice on buying classic cars.


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