Masses of affordable classics find new homes at ACA sale


Nearly 150 classic cars were sold during Anglia Car Auctions' 23 August auction, with more than £950,000 changing hands and a top price of £34,650 being achieved by a 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk3.

The 78,000-mile car was restored in the late 1990s with aluminium body panels, and was said to have been maintained to a high standard. It had been in the care of the vendor for 12 years, and was sold with a bulging history file.

A 1977 Porsche 911S sold for £29,400 – just £400 above its lower estimate – while a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda was sold for £28,350 – just short of its £29,000 lower estimate.

A 1977 Triumph TR6 that had covered just 2000 miles was driven away for £26,775.

Also from Triumph's stable was a 1964 TR4. The original right-hand-drive UK car was fitted with a Surrey top, and looked well-bought at £15,750.

Though it didn't fetch the highest figure of the day, the £24,150 paid for a 1935 Austin LL Taxi confounded pundits, the hammer falling well above its £18,000 pre-sale upper estimate. The car's originality, as well as several appearances in television series helped to generate a great deal of interest before the auction.

Leading the bargain charge was a 1970 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300TI Super, which fell well short of its £4750 lower estimate at £3412. The car had come from Holland, where it had spent 25 years in storage.

Also looking like good value for money was a 1984 Citroën 2CV6 Charleston, which fetched £2625. It had been fitted with a new chassis in 1999.

A tidy 1987 Peugeot 205 GTI in desirable pre-cat 1.9-litre specification sold for £3045. Though it had covered an impressive 167,000 miles, the history file showed a cambelt change less than 17,000 miles ago.



The first glint of some sanity returning to the market ???

Chris Martin

Possibly, but these were more like 'ordinary' classics for 'ordinary' people. They were never going to appeal to the high-end investors and speculators that cause certain auction results to make the headlines.  Thankfully there are still enough other cars around to satisfy most, AND these could be driven daily.  If the Healey 3000 was the top seller and there was a nice TR for half that, there was something for everyone. That 2CV was a bargain, and the Alfa Giulia too if it didn't need too much recommissioning. 



This, of course, is the *real* classic car market.

ACA seem to be carving quite a niche for themselves; fair play to them.

Chris Leopold

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