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Right Cars Still Making Top Money

Fri, 22 Jun 2001
At auction today, this 19,000 mile 99T Renault Grande Espace 2.2RT manual with CD and leather made full book money at £14,975. And not surprisingly. With Summer coming up it's second only to the TGV as ideal transport to the South of France and was probably pre-sold by the bidder.

Status, Small and Silver is still selling like mad, especially with the BMW propeller badge. A pair of air-conditioned 98R 318iS coupes with 50,000 and 80,000 miles made £9,400 and £8,400 respectively. The 50,000 miler was by far the better buy as the 80,000 car needed a door painting. Another 98R E36 3-Series, this time a 30,000 mile 316iSE, sold for a very strong £8,500; a 99T E46 318iSE with 22,000 miles sold for £14,200 and top bid for a 27,000 mile 99T E46 323iSE was £15,750.

Guzzly, leggy 4x4s are looking increasingly wobbly with a top bid of £8,100 for a 108,000 mile 98S Isuzu Trooper 3.5 Citation 7 seater facelift model and just £7,400 bid for a 115,000 mile 98R Discovery 3.9 V8 GS 7 seater. But a more sensible 7 seater dipped a bit too. The maximum bid for a 133,000 mile 95M Previa 2.4GS auto was just £3,000.

Bread and butter seems to be making a bit of a come-back with £4,200 paid for a 54,000 mile 98R Mondeo 2.0iLX with a/c (bidding optimistically started at just £2,800). Another Mondeo, this a 29,000 mile 2000V 1.8 Zetec bid to a healthy £6,750. While a 13,000 mile 2000X Vectra 1.8iLS, sensibly reserved at £7,800, sailed on to sell to a private bidder for a massive £8,300. He must have been watching the BCA commercial on BBC 'Top Gear' last night.

But at last I saw a cheap Passat. This air-conditioned 97R 1.8iSE 20v in metallic green had done 135,983 miles and needed its bonnet painting, yet a top bid of £3,675 left plenty in the kitty for that. (R867 DHO in case you're offered a suspiciously cheap low mileage Passat with a freshly painted bonnet.)

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