Record sale for CCA as 128 cars sell at Restoration Show

More than £2m was spent on accessible classics, but David Beckham's Range Rover wasn't one of them, at the Practical Classics NEC show

A market-confidence boosting 81% of the 159 ‘everyman classics’ displayed on the CCA stand at the weekend’s Practical Classics show at the NEC in Birmingham sold for £2.06m with premium.

The 81-car Saturday session headliner was a 1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal left-hooker (above) that had been in receipt of a £25,000 body restoration and made a more-than-forecast £59,400. Another Montreal import, complete but last run two years ago and needing re-commissioning at least if not full restoration, was taken on for £28,600 by an internet bidder in New Zealand.

A largely original and as yet unrestored Jaguar 3½-Litre MkIV Drophead, shipped to New York in 1948, had come home to be knocked down to an on-line bidder in the Czech Republic for £40,700 to head the Sunday prices.

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The chairman of high street jewellers Goldsmiths first drove his Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante in 2001, since when the Convertible had covered only 5871 miles before selling here for a below-estimate £57,333.

The highest-flying Fords at the sale were a concours-standard 1987 Sierra RS Cosworth in white from a photo-recorded £28,000 restoration and another Cossie three-door in black from the same year that cost the next preservationists £46,200 apiece.

Of similar vintage, a Capri 280 Brooklands with Turbo Technics upgrades fetched £26,400, the top estimate, and a below-guide £20,708 was accepted for a 1980 Escort RS2000 Custom Mk2 on wide Minilites shod with low-profiles.

A below-estimate £20,460 meanwhile bought another RS2000 Custom Mk2 in Triple Black from 1979, and the required £16,500 was forthcoming for a 1987 Capri 280 Brooklands with 17 stamps in the book during 120,000 mileage.

A 1966 Cortina GT Mk1 two-door with Lotus-look quarter-bumpers found £15,180, forecast money. A freshly restored 1980 Escort 1600 Sport Mk2 with competition front discs and calipers stopped the clock at a better than expected £13,420, while an unmodified 1983 Fiesta XR2 Mk 1 achieved £12,320.

Top performing Mini during what was likely to have been CCA’s biggest grossing sale of the year was a 1964 Morris Mini Cooper 970S, the final ‘dry suspension’ variant. Bodily revived some 14 years ago with engine rebuilt by Southam Minis 1000 miles ago, the pre-sale estimate of £28,000-32,000 was quickly overtaken by a telephone bidder paying £40,700 for what, statistically, is the rarest S model.

A 1966 Austin Mini 850 had returned from New Zealand and received an age-related plate before selling here for £9900, forecast money, and a 1978 Austin Morris era 1275GT Mini went for £7480, £500 more than the guide.

Guided at £18,000-22,000, but surfing to a £36,850 conclusion in Sunday trading, a UK-supplied and right-hand drive VW Type 2 ‘Walk-Through’ splitscreen camper van was much-admired by festival goers of all ages.

During Saturday shopping, £56,100 (£6100 more than forecast) was paid for a 1975 Jensen Interceptor III 7.2 that had been fully restored in the 1990s and recommissioned a few years ago with recently detailed engine bay.

Also exceeding its guide, and by £6850 too, a right-hand-drive 1990 Porsche 911 Type 964 Carrera 4wd Targa-top raised £36,850 from a new owner attending the show.

A 210bhp 1981 911SC that had been modified and lightened to 1025kg over three years as a street legal ‘RS Homage’ sold for a within-estimate £36,850, while a taxes paid 1992 Porsche 356B LHD Coupé for restoration had recently been imported from Japan to be taken on for £20,250.

Shipped in from Canada in 1981 and ground-up restored in 2002, a well presented 1973 Datsun 240Z left hooker with UK-spec five-speed box magnetised many viewers and duly delivered a £24,750 result, £6750 more than the guide.

The £30,800 achieved by a 1954 MG TF with nicely detailed XPAG 1250 motor was more than expected. However a bespoke and supercharged Range Rover Sport by Kahn Conversions for David Beckham failed to pull the £32,000 or more required.

An ex-Barry Gibb 1977 450SEL Merc with 59,000 miles and 31 years of Bee Gees provenance was hammered for a strong £17,600.

However, a 1995 BMW E38 750iL that had been in 17 years ownership of Francis Rossi of Status Quo fetched £7150 on the internet, and a recently part-repainted 1985 Bentley Turbo R purchased by music company WA Bong for Sir Elton John made £10,120. There's more on those two cars here.

A predominantly unrestored 1973 Vauxhall HP Firenza 2.3 'Droop-snoot’ with Bill Blydenstein-developed 131bhp slant-four and five-speed dog-leg gearbox went for £18,150.

£20,680 was paid for a 1275cc capacity 1960 Austin-Healey Sprite Mk1 ‘Frogeye’ on wires. A 1956 Triumph TR3 on alloys with lined hardtop, but without bumpers, cost only slightly more at £23,100 – £3150 more than the guide price.

A below-estimate £34,833 was also accepted for a 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk1 BT7 with 2+2 seating.

The £9240 auction valuation for a 1978 Reliant Scimitar can be explained in-part by the fresh RBW Sports and Classics restoration, which had included bodywork stripped and repainted, suspension uprated, wheels refurbished, Essex V6 reconditioned and interior renewed in leather. Fit for a Princess Royal no less!

The two-day sale conducted under Silverstone Auctions’ popular classics CCA brand was well attended, there were plenty of bids to be seen and heard, and Jonathan Humbert’s gavel was kept smoking to the final lot, by when 128 changes of ownership had been achieved for a house record £2m+ gross.

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