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Big Stuff Goes Belly-up at Auction

Fri, 08 Jun 2001
Hot on the heels of the Labour landslide victory, the ground slipped away under big, expensive fuel-guzzling cars.

Sensible status was still sought-after; BMW 3-Series in particular with a 34,000 mile 99V 323Ci selling for £18,100, a 27,000 mile 99T 323iSE selling for £16,250 and a 56,000 mile 99S E46 318iSE selling for £12,700 (all in silver, of course).

A desirable, nice to drive and not too juicy 64,000 mile 99V Lexus IS200 Sport earned a strong £13,600. A 39,000 mile 99T Passat 1.8 Sport estate made a mega £9,350. A tasty 67,000 mile 98R Alfa 156 TS with alloys and air rated a respectable £7,800. Even a leggy pair of Pumas, both 97R 1.7s with a/c made £5,550 with 91k and £6,550 with 71k.

But the big stuff bombed. A one year old 18,650 mile 2000W Jag XJ8 with all the usual bits struggled to a provisional £21,500. A 43,000 mile 98R Lexus LS400 5-speed automatic was sold for £19,250. A 17,000 mile 98R XJ8 with everything was glad to be gone for £16,300. A 20,000 mile 99T Discovery 4.0 litre V8 automatic wouldn't bid past £13,800. A well specced-up 106,000 mile 97P BMW 740i hit the buffers at £12,500. And a 97,000 mile 98R Volvo S70 2.5SE auto couldn't crack £5,650 which is almost old police car money.

If you want bargains then think big, but remember they have a lot further to fall. If you're thinking small, buy quickly while you can still afford to.

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