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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