£1.3 million haul for Norfolk’s autumn opener
Bank Holiday weekenders buy 165 classics for £1.3m in Norfolk during first of many autumn sales; 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL fetches nearly £80,000
After the August holiday break, the UK auctions market restarted strongly with a 72 percent sale rate under the hammer at the latest ACA Drive Through in King’s Lynn, where plenty of punters were prepared to spend £1.3m on 165 classics. The top performer on a Bank Holiday Saturday afternoon was a 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL (above), unusually converted from right to left-hand drive. Despite an M30 3.5 motor and no documents, it nonetheless fetched £78,440 including the Norfolk firm’s six percent buyer’s premium.
A 1974 3.0 CSi with steel panels and Webasto roof, meanwhile, raised £32,860 here, and a 1985 M635 CSI manual that had done only 300 miles since restoration seven years ago looked fit for £15,582.
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A 1983 Renault 5 Turbo 2 lefty with period sunroof and 210bhp Renaultsport upgraded motor in the tail looked good value for £53,000, £5400 below the lower estimate. A 1961 Fiat Osca 1500S Convertible had migrated from California in 2015, and found a new owner with £42,930, £3000 more than forecast.
The highest-priced Jaguar was a 2015-restored 1965 E-type S1 4.2 Coupé with aluminium bonnet and doors panels, which sold for £67,840, within the guide price band. The top-priced Porsche was a £15,900 1986 944 Turbo that had been freshly recommissioned following eight years in storage.
A locally produced in 1984 Lotus Esprit S3 Turbo had been treated to a two-year restoration before being hammered for £29,150, and £21,730 was accepted for 2001 Aston Martin DB7 V12 Vantage – both prices below the respective cars’ estimates.
A showroom-exhibited 1973 Volvo P1800 ES found a predicted £16,695, and a 1971 P1800 E Coupé from 32 years of vendor ownership a more-than-expected £14,840. A 25-years-stored 1969 MGC GT that had been recommissioned fetched £12,720, the same money as bought a 1976 Lancia Fulvia 1.3 S3 in LHD.
By far the lowest-mileage car in the sale was 1979 VW Beetle Convertible with 959 US miles on the clock. Requiring UK registration, it sold for £27,560. A 1972 Beetle 1300 Saloon came to market for the first time in 22 years to realise £10,176. The same money was needed to become the sixth owner of a 1962 Austin A35 van with screen-top visor.
A 1973 Datsun 240Z with 280 motor upgrade on triple Webers plus Safety Devices rear roll-bar had been estimated at £12,000-14,000, but sold for £22,260. Meanwhile, the oldest classic to be driven across the block was one of the largest, a 1939 Hudson Terraplane with distinctive nose, that had served as a staff car in World War Two and which fetched £10,706.
The most viewed of the 230 classics on offer was a much-loved 1965 Triumph TR4A time warp with hardtop, which had been parked up in a domestic garage since 1983 awaiting a restoration that never happened.
The late owner’s wife and daughter were present to see the apparently sound project taken on for £13,356, in what was a most encouraging start to the autumn sales season. Next weekend’s Bonhams Beaulieu Saturday sale, followed by RM Battersea Tuesday and Bonhams Goodwood Revival Saturday, precede a very full-on September for the collector-car market.
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