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Less Car Makes More Money at Auction Today

Mon, 11 Dec 2006
This pebbledashed 57k mile 02 reg Caterham Superlight R300 was the surprise star of today’s Black Horse Finance section. The R300 has a 160bhp 1.8 K Series engine with 130lb ft torque and does 0-60 in 4.7 seconds, top speed 130mph. In 2002 the kit was £21,700, factory built £23,950. This one started at £5,000, but bid on to sell for £12,500. 4 years and 57k miles of rather gruelling fun, but almost an investment.

Given the knifing 4x4s have been getting by politicians and green campaigners I was expecting heavy falls today. But we’re very close to Christmas in the City where all those brokers who have been making fortunes out of PFIs award themselves bonuses the rest of us will have to pay for out of increased council taxes, parking taxes, congestion taxes and speeding taxes. With a few more million to splash around, will they be fussed about the paying £25 a day to keep their tractors in Chelsea?

It seems they are. You’d expect big engines to slump at the bottom end. Witness an 83k mile 2000W ML430 sold for £6,800. But they’re down at the top end too, with a 9k mile 2005/55 Range Rover 4.2 supercharged selling for £47,500 (£10k behind book).

That’s enough comment. Make your own minds up from the list. ‘n/w’ means unwarranted mileage. ‘s’ means sold. ‘p’ means top provisional bid. ‘n/s’ means not sold.

BMW 525i SE auto, cloth, 2003/52, 71k miles £6,700s
BMW 540i, Sat, TV, etc., 2002/52, 70k miles £12,000s
BMW X5 3.0d Sport, TV, lthr, 2001/51, 66k miles £17,700s
Caterham Superlight R300, 02 reg, 57k n/w £12,500s
Ferrari F355 F1 coupe, 1999T, 31k n/w £37,000p
Ferrari F360 Modena coupe manual, 03 reg, 41k n/w £53,500p
Jaguar XKR 4.2 s/c convertible, 03 reg, 18k n/w £27,200s
Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD diesel, 2003/53, 26k miles £11,750s
Lexus SC400 coupe, Navigator, 2003/53, 64k/w £20,900s
Mercedes ML430, 2000W, 83k miles £6,850s
MINI Cooper S, sunroof, 2004/54, 14k miles £12,500s
Porsche Boxster 2.7, 2004/54, 28k n/w £19,500s
Porsche 996 911 3.6 Turbo, Y reg, 37k miles £39,250s
Porsche Cayenne 4.5S, 04 reg, 11k n/w £29,000s
Porsche Cayenne 3.2V6 Tiptronic, 06 reg, 10k miles £29,000p
Porsche Cayenne 3.2V6 Tiptronic, 06 reg, 12k miles £29,700p
Range Rover 2.9TD6 auto, 02 reg, 40k n/w £21,850s
Range Rover 2.9TD6 auto, 2002/52, 50k n/w £19,700s
Range Rover 2.9TD6 auto, 2004/54, 20k n/w £30,100s
Range Rover 2.9TD6 auto, 05 reg, 33k n/w £32,100s
Range Rover 4.2 supercharged, 2005/55, 9k miles n/w £47,500
Subaru Impreza 2.0 WRX STI, 04 reg, 47k miles £11,300p
Subaru Impreza 2.0 WRX, 2005/55, 249 miles £11,00p
Subaru Impreza 2.5 WRX, 2005/55, 211 miles £11,200p
Subaru Forester 2.0T XT auto, 05 reg, 15k miles £11,100p
Subaru Forester 2.0XE, 2006/55, 12k miles £10,300p
Subaru Forester 2.0XE, 06 reg, 6k miles £11,400p
VW Phaeton 3.2V6 SE, 05 reg, 61k n/w, £17,750s
VW Touareg 5.0 V10 TDI, 2003/53, 36k miles, £24,000p

Upcoming Auctions at BCA Blackbushe in December

Wednesday 13th December 10.00am start
Fleet & Finance, Leaseplan, Duncton Plc, LEX FACTOR SALE, Black Horse, General Section, Jardine p/x, Sytner p/x, Inchcape p/x, Snows Group p/x, Trident Honda p/x.

Thursday 14th December 10.00am start
Light Commercials from Leaseplan, Vauxhall, Peugeot, Northgate, Fleet Direct, Citroen, Hitachi.

Friday 15th December 10.00am start
Fleet & Finance, LTSB Autolease, Leaseplan, Motability, Lex, General Section, Citroen UK, Velo Ltd., Vauxhall Leasing, Hitachi Capital, Charters p/x, Private Direct, Inchcape p/x.

Monday 18h December 10.00am start
Fleet & Finance, Ridgeway VW p/x, Bank of Scotland, Porsche Retail p/x, Lex, Franchised Dealer p/x, Inchcape no reserve p/x, Reg Vardy Group p/x, Hartwells p/x, Pendragon p/x.

Wednesday 20th December 10.00am start
Fleet & Finance, Hitachi Finance, Renault Financial Services, Lex, Citroen UK, General Section, Jardine p/x, Leaseplan, Sytner p/x, Black Horse, Inchcape p/x, Snows Group p/x, Peugeot Motor Co., Trident Honda p/x.

Thursday 21st December 10.00 am start
Light Commercials from Lex, Lloyds, XBG, Northgate, Fleet Direct, Royal Mail, Peugeot.

Friday 22nd December10.00am start
General Section, Charters p/x, Private Direct, Inchcape Retail, Velo Ltd., Bank of Scotland, Lex, Fleet & Finance

Closed 23rd – 31st December

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.

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.

To sell your car privately at a BCA centre link to

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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