Barnfinds smash estimates at Barons

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A trio of long-term stored classics flew past their estimates at Barons' sale at Sandown Park on 17 April.

A 1981 Ferrari 308 GTBi that been in storage for the past decade  sold for £24,600 against a lower estimate of £13,000.

Similarly, a 1960 Austin Healey 3000 Mk1 which had just emerged from 33 years in storage doubled its £8000 estimate to sell for £16,800. The buyer was overjoyed because owning a ‘big Healey’ has been an ambition for 10 years, and this rolling restoration offered him the opportunity to achieve his dream.

Top bargain of the cars needing recommissioning was a rally-prepared 1969 MGC GT that a real bargain at £8200, a fraction of what it would cost to build an FIA approved Historic Rally car of this type. 

The auction was the first time that Barons has operated a live video link. Barons' MD Laurence Sayers-Gillan said: "This is an exciting new development for us and one which we think will be a great advance for the future. On this trial occasion, the sound wasn't brilliant - something that will definitely be improved in time for the Jaguar Heritage sale - but the feedback from viewers was that they really enjoyed being a 'virtual part' of the saleroom, particularly when the bidding was fast and furious!"

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