Market: Rally Manta and Italian Job Mini star at £1.7m sale
Despite a date clash with Bonhams's London sale, CCA's auction pulled in more people, leading to some surprising results...
While a Beatles Mini Cooper with hatchback conversion was being knocked down to a Spice Girl for £102,300 at Bonhams in New Bond Street, far more Christmas shoppers were attending the final CCA sale of the season in the Warwickshire Event Centre, where the 74% sale rate under the hammer was considerably higher than in the car-unfriendly capital.
After just five hours, and even before any post-sale deals had been done, buyers had spent more than £1.7m with premium on 116 of the 156 lots in the catalogue, and paid an average of £14,817 per classic.
A UK market 1989 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera Supersport Equipment with 34,500 mileage, pursued by a 1985 911 3.2 SSE Targa with Turbo visuals, topped the prices with £71,500 and £68,750 results, respectively.
But the front-of-rostrum parked Manta 400 did not disappoint either, with a £50,600 performance. The 1984 2.4 16v two-door minter had been originally imported by the late Tony Fall, former Opel rally team manager, and converted from left- to right-hand drive before being show-standard restored in 2005.
The highest-priced fast Ford of the sale was an equally show-worthy 1987 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth three-door in Moonstone with every MoT certificate and receipt for all 42,000 miles, which got hammered for £34,500, costing the next keeper £37,950 with charges.
Four out of five Escort RS models sold, led by a well-presented 1986 RS Turbo S1 that had been written off three times, but still made a forecast £10,120. The fifth front-wheel drive Escort, a French RS1600i left-hooker, ran out of votes at £3800 when a much more Gallic £6000 or more had been sought.
One of the actual Italian Job movie Minis – complete with sun visor signed by the stunt drivers, heroic robber crash hats and (sadly) dummy gold bullion – fetched £38,500. The BIMHT-certificated 1275S had more recently raised money for Children in Need on a couple of Chris Evans’ 'Famous Five' BBC Radio 2 outings.
Even with 95,000 mileage, a UK-market 1991 Audi UR Quattro RR 20v raised £30,250. Whereas a 2007 vintage Audi RS 4 Cabrio – packing a howling 420bhp V8 with the capability of passing 60mph in 4.2 seconds on the way to an Autobahn-storming 160mph – was landed for £12,100.