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This week’s instalment of Flipping Bangers features a pale blue and white Morry Thou Panda Car. Remember them?
A 1962 AC Greyhound old for £82,500 at Brightwells Classic Car Auction in Leominster on Wednestay 15th May. As at Historics on Saturday 19th, prices achieved reflect a strong market for the right cars.
Despite an outstanding sale with record prices achieved, some Historics vendors overestimated the value of their cars in today’s market. Happily, ten of them are re-offering their cars at more sensible ‘private treaty’ prices.
The 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante automatic sold for £554,000, the 1960 Aston Martin DB4 SII manual sold for £355,000 and the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 manual looked set to sell for £450,000 +. These prices are plus commission that may have been negotiated. All were RHD cars.
Recent road tests
A single word describes the new Honda HR-V Sport: Fun. 182Hp (same as a Fiesta ST), 240Nm torque, quick variable ratio steering, dual action dampers on the wheels and horizontal performance dampers between them transform a worthy small SUV with a uniquely practical interior into one that in manual form at least can be a bit of a hooligan.
The Volkswagen T-Cross is a small, Polo based SUV that’s set to win the hearts of everyone who wants to sit up high, but doesn’t want to drive around in too much car.
The ‘all new’ 2019 Mazda 3 arrives in May, but there’s a slight pause in the proceedings because the ground-breaking 2.0 Skyactiv-X Spark Controlled Compression Ignition engine will not reach these shores until autumn. All models are extremely well equipped, not merely with European satnav and air conditioning, but also a host of high tech safety kit including Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Traffic Sign Recognition, Head Up Display and Smart City Braking.
The 2019 Nissan Micra has just been refreshed with two new 1.0 litre engines and the option of an automatic transmission. Both 999c chain cam 3-cylinder turbos with an integrated exhaust manifold ‘delta’ head, the more powerful 117PS has direct injection whereas the 100PS uses multipoint injection to squirt the fuel/air mixture into the combustion chambers via the inlet valves.

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