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Classics Beat the Crunch

Fri, 15 Aug 2008
Even in the credit crunch, classic car enthusiasts continue to bid strongly at auction as BCA’s latest sale confirms. The company’s specialist ‘Classics from BCA’ department recorded another good result in its most recent sale held late last month at Blackbushe.

‘Classics from BCA’ Manager Robin Lawton commented “Our last event attracted several hundred buyers and we sold 37 cars for a 65% conversion which we are very pleased with. A number of cars sold for well above their estimate, which suggests there is a ready market for interesting and unusual vehicles, despite the current economic conditions.”

Top price on the day went to 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS which sold for £18,425. Finished in the classic colour of Rosso Corsa, this supercar had seen minimal use in recent years and had covered just 27,500 miles from new.

Dating from 1967, the Volvo P1800S created a huge amount of interest. Finished in gold with red leather upholstery it had been sympathetically restored and was in very good cosmetic and mechanical condition. Despite being offered without any paperwork or history it sold for £8,050, which was over twice the top estimate.

The 1932 Wolseley Hornet Special was another strong seller. Finished in British Racing Green, with the bonnet in bare aluminium, this car was eligible for the Vintage Sports Car Club (VSCC) and had been in regular use for club events in recent years. The car was restored some years ago and had been well maintained since then. It sold for over its estimate at £12,200.

For followers of more modern classics, the 1986 Sierra RS Cosworth sold for £6,950 and the 1996 Ford Escort RS 2000 4x4 realised £2,750 - proving the allure of these classic ‘boy racers’ never fades away! A pair of MGA sports cars from 1959 also created a lot of interest, with the 1500 Roadster in red getting top billing as it sold for £9,350. The 1600 Coupe – also finished in red - realised £6,500.

The 1990 BMW 316i Automatic had remained in the hands of its company chairman owner from new, covering just 9,490 miles in that time. Finished in white with grey/ blue cloth interior trim, the car was in totally original condition and sold for £3,100.

And proving that ‘classic’ status is very much in the eye of the beholder, the superbly appointed 1955 Dennis Fire Engine sold for £6,050. Formerly operated by Cornwall County Fire Brigade, it was stationed at Mevagissey until the mid-1970s. Properly described as an F8 Water Tender, it was built by the Dennis Works in Guildford and was sold in full working order. Equipment included the original ladders, light portable Coventry Climax pump and hoses and a substantial amount of original, mainly brass, fittings and small gear.

The widely publicised 1996 Jaguar saloon owned by Pink Panther film star Herbert Lom was withdrawn due to a mechanical problem and has been re-entered for BCA’s next sale in October.

The next ‘Classics from BCA’ sale takes place at the Blackbushe auction centre - located on the A30 between Camberley and Basingstoke – on Tuesday 7th October commencing at 12 Noon. For full details of the sale, please contact the ‘Classics from BCA’ Information Helpline on 01252 877317 or email classics@bca-group.com. Catalogue details and illustrations are displayed on the BCA site at www.classic-car-auction.co.uk.

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