Market: £34k for Stag and £48k for rallied Jaguar Mk2 at ACA
Big crowds at the Norfolk auction, where time-warp Triumph, hard-driven Mk2, restored Lotus Seven and Fiat X1/9 all sold for strong money – as did 200 others
The £34,450 paid by the buyer of a 4151-mile 1974 Triumph Stag automatic with hardtop and was one of several headline prices at the latest ACA Drive Through at King's Lynn – another enormous crowd bought 200 of the 256 classics auctioned for a total £2.13m with premium.
The 78% sold sale results were led by a Jaguar XK150 3.4 Drophead that first took to the road in 1958 in Australia and 60 years later sold in Norfolk for £87,980.
A well looked after 1973 Jaguar E-type Series 3 V12 Roadster with all numbers matching, upon which the vendor had spent £44,000 during the last 19 years of his ownership, deservedly mustered £83,740. A previously restored Series 1 4.2 coupé from 1965 meanwhile fetched £64,660.
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The most remarkable Jaguar valuation at this well-supported event however was the £48,760 premium-inclusive result of the 1963 Mk2 (below) that had been rallied, not in period, but on historic events by Ronnie McCartney from Northern Ireland.
This was more than the £46,640 invested in a repatriated 1951 XK120 OTS restoration project from the USA, with all-important NOVA reference.
£37,100 with premium (more than £5000 over the top estimate ) tamed a one-owner Lister-Jaguar, an awesome XJS 6.0 manual released into the wild by Pearce-Lister in 1988. Since then it had only done a warranted 25,468 mileage.
However, the £28,000 reserve for a 28,500 mile 1989 Esprit 40th Anniversary wasn't achieved, even in Lotus county. it was the same story for a 1990 Esprit Turbo 2.2 SE with 20,295 mileage, for which at least £19,000 had been required.
£33,920 was spent for an authentically-rebuilt 1962 Lotus Seven, above the current price trend. Much admired by those who must make do with a more affordable Caterham descendant, and with twin Weber-fed Ford 1340cc motor, the chassis tubing of this well detailed Series 2 was painted in original grey, the bench seating and base cushions period-correct, and the skinny steel wheels finished with ye olde hubcaps.
Another impressive performer was a mostly Jersey-domiciled 1989 Fiat XI/9. With warranted 757 Channel Islands mileage, the Bertone-penned Gran Finale was auctioned without reserve for £16,162.
One couple had come all the way from Austria meanwhile to check out three Mercedes classics. One of these, a 1956 180 Ponton with one million kilometres under-wheel had only just been UK registered after a lifetime in Rome. it was knocked down here for £5600, costing the new (and only second) keeper £5936 with premium.
A 1956 W186 300 Adenauer meanwhile made £37,630, mid-estimate money, while the three pointed star of the show was a no reserve 1959 220SE Cabrio left-hooker (below) hammered away for a very capitalist £53,000.
Many pre-war behemoths can be a hard sell to increasingly Fast Ford addicted auction audiences, but a 1937 Lagonda LG45 Saloon De Ville ‘original’ (below) did pull surprisingly well. Like the proverbial jam jar attracting many interested wasps, the non-running and static-offered project with 1955 tax disc was taken on for £41,870.
A handsomely rakish 1936 Alvis Speed 20 with Charlesworth crafted saloon coachwork that had seen service in pre-Zimbabwe Rhodesia offered a much more instant fix for £25,440. A huge 1947 Buick Super 8 employed in the 1959 movie The Last Angry Man movie offered a great deal of automobile for £5512. A 1936 Vauxhall 14/6 DX had been driven 230 miles to the auction to change owners for £3604.
And finally, a 1928-dated Austin Seven (below) with original buff log book and high spec engine, presented as a Gordon England Cup Model no less, looked like lots of VSCC-eligible fun, even for a way over top estimate £21,730.
This was certainly quite an encouraging day for the auctioneers as well as market makers and spectators, who saw four-fifths of the classics auctioned sell and do so for an average of £10,632 per car.
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Signal Red with a tan leather interior and matching convertible top. This numbers matching 190SL Roadster drives as well as it looks. It was restored and comes with detailed restoration records as well as its original owner’s manual, service records. The original Solex carburetors also accompany this 190SL as it has been upgraded with Weber carburetors to improve the drivability.
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Black paint 1968 Camaro great looks and performance, 350CI engine, automatic transmission, red vinyl interior. The front buckets and rear seats bring interior together perfectly. Options include air conditioning, AM/FM radio, power steering, power brakes, seat belts, radial tires, alloy rims. This is a very clean car.