Strong performance for British classics at ACA


A 1967 Series 1 Jaguar E-type led a desirable group of UK-built classics when it sold for £44,362 at Anglia Car Auctions King’s Lynn sale on 6 April.

The roadster, which had started life as a fixed-head coupé, featured Coopercraft brakes, adjustable rear shock absorbers, a triple-Weber-carburettor conversion and a stainless-steel exhaust.

Second in the results went to a 1952 Bentley MkVI Donington special by Johnard. Its 4566cc engine had been subject to a £6k overhaul and the two-seater was also fitted with a Jaguar limited-slip differential.

Third-placed sale went to a 1956 Triumph TR3, which made £26,985, just under its lower estimate of £28,500.

It was repatriated from California in 1996 and restored from 1998-2000, a job that included preparing the machine for classic rallying.

The Triumph came with receipts for the work totaling £90k and a competition pedigree with victories in the 2005 Monte-Carlo Winter Challenge and the 2003 HRCR Road Rally Championship.

A 1958 T3A, in lovely standard fettle sold for £23,415 – just over its top estimate.
It featured 72-spoke wire wheels, had been subject to a comprehensive restoration (including a respray) and came with a 12 months’ MoT.

Saturday proved a successful day for the auction house with an 84% sale rate and bidders in far-flung corners of the globe including the US, Hong Kong and Australia.

Classics that did better than predicted included a 1990 Jaguar XJS 5.3 V12 convertible with a £3500 LPG conversion, which swept past its top estimate of £7k, selling for £10,800, while a 1948 Bentley MkVI made £14,070 against its top estimate of £11k.

Cheap thrills could be found in a variety of machines, ranging from a 1984 Porsche 944 (£1575) to a rare 1992 Subaru SVX (£1890).

The auction house’s next classic car auction will be held on 22 June.

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