Auction Insider: 274 cars in 2018’s first sales

Our resident expert analyses the best potential buys in the West Country and East Anglia as the year’s auction calendar get underway

The 2018 UK drive-through auction season for classics kicks off on Friday 26 January at SWVA just outside Poole in Dorset, where 54 cars will motor pass the rostrum from 11am. You’ll find the venue at 61 Ringwood Road, Parkstone BH14 0RG. Meanwhile, ACA forecasts 220 entries for its first sale of the new buying season, commencing at noon on Saturday 27 January at the Norfolk firm’s Cattlemarket auction centre in Beveridge Way, King’s Lynn PE30 4NB.

From Beetle to Aston V8 project at SWVA

In the West Country, a right-hand-drive, 1980 model-year Porsche 911 Turbo estimated at £45,000-49,000 headlines, along with a £22,000-26,000-guided 1973 Aston Martin V8 auto that has been parked up in a garage for 20 years.

Meanwhile, a left-hand-drive VW Beetle 1200 with warranted 12,464 mileage, which started life in 1984 in Mexico, was first owned by an RAF Flight Lieutenant in Germany and has been consigned by only the second UK keeper, is forecast to cost a third owner £4500-5000. And an extraordinarily original 1969 Triumph Herald 13/60 driven a modest 32,000 miles by one family seeks a buyer at £3400-3800. Lots may be viewed all day on 24 and 25 January, as well as from 9am pre-sale on Friday 26.

DBS V8 and Motor Show Alvis lead ACA entry

The next day at ACA in East Anglia sees a 1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 manual project in right-hand-drive form come to market via Japan ‘without reserve’. An open Alvis 12/50 Family Tourer of 1930 vintage has been consigned from long-term ownership in the West Country with £27,500-32,500 ambitions, and a 1963 Motor Show-exhibited Alvis TE Coupé with stacked headlamps is forecast to change hands for £22,000-26,000.

4WD Jensen FF has been asleep for 30 years

There are plenty of classics for restoration seeking new project managers. Among them is a ‘barn-found’ 1968 Jensen FF Series 1 4WD Coupé that has been off the road for 30 years and is estimated at £20,000-30,000. Then there’s a previously repainted 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 last driven in 1972, which will be auctioned at no reserve and hammered away for the highest bid, as will a brace of MGB GT V8s and a pull-handle MGB Roadster.

The vendor of a locally produced 1990 Lotus Esprit Turbo with Norfolk registration is looking for £24,000-28,000, and a patinated 1955 Sunbeam Alpine Roadster that apparently drives well is being pitched at £18,000-24,000. Japanese curios include a six-cylinder 1974 Datsun 260C Coupé for a projected £12,000-15,000 and a minute 1985 Honda TN 550 Acty Van that has done only 4000 miles in 33 years, for which £11,000-14,000 is sought.

I haven’t seen a Skoda Rapide in an auction for a while, but here’s a 1989 Coupé being guided at £3750-4500. Cars for sale may be viewed 2-6pm on Friday 26 January and from 10am pre-sale on Saturday 27.

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