Projects star at bargain-packed Norfolk auction

| 29 Jan 2014

Anglia Car Auctions held a near £900,000 sale on 25 January with more than 80% of its 166 lots sold and huge interest in more than 20 project cars.

Most fever was generated by a 1909 Léon Bollée that had been in storage since 1959 and was snapped up for £21,630.

Bidders were stirred up by a raft of other projects, too, including a 1972 BMW CSL at £14,280 (main image), while despite its grotty appearance an Alfasud racer looked a steal at just over £2k.

Two upmarket restos also triggered interest, a 1947 Bentley MkVI that had been stashed away since 1993 and made under £10k, plus a £7k Bristol 403 with a load of work to be done.

Of two Pagodas in the sale, a left-hooker looked great value at £37k against more than double that paid for a right-hand-drive 280SL.

A 1965 Austin A60 Cambridge with nearly a year's MoT looked superb value at £2310 as did a restored 1967 Ford Mustang 289 V8 at just over £10k.

Best potential value of the MGBs was a 1968 BGT with MoT to November that set its new owner back under £1500.

Of course, there were a few oddities that pricked C&SC's interest, including a 1949 AEC Regent double-decker bus that was driven from Belgium for the auction and raised just under £18,000.

We also like the look of a road-legal 1972 Peugeot 504GL coupé for a smidgen over £2000 and a two-owner 1977 Matra Bagheera at a tenner under £4k.

Biggest surprises of the sale were the way above top estimate £6300 made by a Bond Bug, plus a vivid pink 1988 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit with full MoT that made an above estimate £4.5k. Even given the lurid colour, for someone who could live with it, the car looked a great deal, although a similar model in a more acceptable redwood was even cheaper at £4000.

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