One of the many good things about working on the news desk here at MotorMartin Towers is, because nothing’s ever tidied away, it’s usually possible to reference previous stories such as, http://motormartin.com/2016/02/20/news-aston-martin-barn-find-pair-found-for-ccas-march-sale/ when we receive follow up information.
All of which brings us slap bang up to date with the following when a record number of registered bidders at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre helped Classic Car Auctions (CCA) achieve an 85 per cent sales rate and total sales of more than £1million in its auction on Saturday, its best sale ever.
Headlining the results was a 1973 Aston Martin V8 barn find. The rare manual car covered in dust but presented as a running example was hard fought over by two determined bidders in the room, eventually selling for £64,350, nearly £30,000 over its lower estimate. Incredible.
Not only that but Classic Car Auctions have informed MotorMartin that another rare Aston Martin barn find also caught bidders eyes. A 1990 Aston Martin Virage, also with a manual gearbox, sold for £31,900, more than £10,000 over its lower estimate. Both are now on their way to new homes awaiting restoration works to bring them back to their former glory.
For Aston Martin enthusiasts looking for a newer example, a 2000 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante, with an impeccable service history, sold for £41,250.
Commenting on the results from the sale at the weekend, CCA general manager, Guy Lees-Milne, shared with MotorMartin: “This was our biggest catalogue yet and our customers were clearly impressed by the great selection of classic and modern cars we had on offer. It was great to see so many new and old customers join us for our first sale of the year. The atmosphere was fantastic and I’m sure both buyers and vendors are going home extremely happy.”
Fans of 80s hot hatches, of which MotorMartin is certainly one, were well catered for with a number of special examples on offer including a very rare 1987 Fiat Strada Abarth 130TC, believed to be one of just five UK road registered examples. The car enjoyed lots of attention at the sale and sold for £15,180, almost double its lower estimate. A 1982 Talbot Lotus Sunbeam, one of the most exciting hot hatches of the period, sold for £17,050.
Japanese performance car fans, MotorMartin was told, were clearly tempted by the prospect of owning an example of the iconic, limited edition Subaru Impreza P1. One of only 669 believed to be left on the road, this 2000 example offered great value and sold for £14,080.
A 1988 Porsche 911 Supersport Targa 3.2 M491, one of the rarest 911s available on the market, sold for £40,150. From Stuttgart to Blackpool and a very impressive 2001 TVR Tuscan 4.0 Speed Six sold for £25,300.
Also Living up to its pre-sale publicity a 2005 Maserati Quattroporte V, first owned by British pop icon Sir Elton John, sold for £27,500.
CCA also offered a number of collectable watches at the auction, and amazingly every single one sold.
CCA has now informed MotorMartin that they are now inviting entries into their June Sale, which takes place once again at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre near Leamington Spa, on the 18th of June.
Guy added: “In only our first year as an auction house we have helped our vendors sell their ‘everyman’ cars for some very strong prices. We can’t wait to begin organising the next auction and welcoming new customers to sell their classic cars with us.”
You can view the full results from CCA’s March Sale here http://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/cca-march-2016-classic-car-sale/view_lots/pn/all. And MotorMartin urges anyone with even the slightest interest in cars to have a look. There are some amazing models on display at some quite stunning prices.
Where will you go?