Lost Benz hammers estimate at Anglia Car Auctions


An astonishing £81,900 was paid for a 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL at ACA’s 22 June sale in King’s Lynn after a flourish of international interest.

The car had been in storage since 1983 and had been expected to make just £25-35,000.

The Pagoda has had only two owners from new, with just 39,000 miles recorded, and was discovered hidden in a garage, covered in an inch of dust.

As can be expected there were bargains to be had, too, with a £1450 1983 TVR Tasmin 280i looking particularly tempting.

It has only 60,000 on the clock, but needs seatbelts and a handbrake cable to pass its MoT.

Meanwhile another TVR – a 1988 S with a year’s MoT and showing just 48,000 miles – made £2800.

Modern classics included an 1992 Peugeot 205 GTI automatic (£3900) and a 1997 Renault Sport Spider (£16,000).

The second highest priced lot – a 1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I – came close to doubling its pre-sale estimate, making £40,950.

It was restored before going into storage for 12 years. The six-owner car has 73,000 miles on the clock and had been recommissioned.

A Porsche 911 2.2T also bettered its guide price to make £32,025 against an upper estimate of £18k.

Other lots to find new homes included a Mercedes-Benz 250SL (£34,125) a barn-find BMW 1602 (£6090) and a Series 2 Jaguar E-type roadster (£42,000).

More than 70% of the 147 entries sold on Saturday to generate a sale total of over £800,000.

The remaining results will be published on the auction house’s website later today.



Time to break out the asbestos gloves; there are quite a few people out there who are going to need them.

Chris Martin

Quite possibly the SL's new owner will suffer burnt fingers but those TVRs look excellent value.



They do indeed, and there are still plenty of good-value classics out there - thank goodness.

Maybe time for the magazine to do a sort of 'pocket-money classics' feature. Say, a £3k max value for a tidy, useable car. It can be done.


A huge price indeed for the Pagoda, but no longer a surprise when we are dealing with " barn find " or " discovered " classics. This one only continues the ever spiralling prices that are being achieved for project classics, such as the recent Bonhams project DB5 at £320,700 and project E Type at £110,000. Would seem these kind of results are now the norm for " barn find " classics!

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