The sale prices for two superbly restored post-war tourers, a 1950 Lea-Francis 2½-litre and a 1946 Triumph 1800, helped Anglia Car Auctions to nudge the half a million Pound mark for the takings at its year-end classic sale on 12 November.The roadsters sold for £33,600 and £20,790 against their respective £30-35,000 and £19-23,000 estimates in the Kings Lynn, Norfolk sale which led to the sale house getting 83 of its 130 lots away for a healthy 65% sale rate.ACA’s results were also buoyed by the £26,775 it took for a 21,500-miles-from-new 1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante, which had been expected to sell for £22-26,000, and the £19,950 paid for a superbly restored 1967 Porsche 912 (below, estimate £18-22,000) that was only crossing the block to fund the purchase of an early 911S.
Other Continental marques among the varied lot listed included a 1968 Fiat Dino coupé (below) that went under the hammer for £12,075 – against a guide price of £11-13,000 – and a 1978 Mercedes 450SEL, complete with desirable factory air conditioning, that sold for a just-over £5-6000 estimate at £6825.
Also on offer was a 1967 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider, boasting original bodywork thanks to a 35-year sojourn in South Africa, which helped it sell for a mid-estimate £10,080, while another ’60s twin-cam classic, a 1969 Cortina II Lotus (below) that was originally a gift from Ford to then Lotus Cars CEO Fred Bushell, bust its £14-18,000 guide to sell for a strong – by MkII standards – £19,950.
Sale bargains included a 1985 BMW 635CSi (below) that changed hands at just over its lower estimate with a £2520 all-in bid and a 1988 Ford Sierra XR4x4, complete with an MoT, that made £625 after being entered without a reserve.
See: Anglia Car Auctions for more.