Another day and another auction to take the attention of most of the top floor of MotorMartin Towers which is no real surprise for regular readers. What will catch the attention however is the incredible prices that the best cars on offer managed to achieve. No doubt due to the diligence and professionalism of those friends of MotorMartin, Classic Car Auctions during another of their incredible sales.
What about this then? A 1991 Audi Quattro Turbo 20v broke auction records when it sold for £72,050 including premium at a packed Warwickshire Exhibition Centre during the Classic Car Auctions September Sale on 23rd September.
Classic Car Auctions have shared with MotorMartin that huge crowds turned out for one of the biggest one-day classic car sales of the year and trade was brisk with around £2 million changing hands in five hours, with 77% of the 166 cars on offer finding new homes.
The raucous applause for the Audi, they say, was repeated when a 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Supersport racked up the highest price of day at £99,000 including premium, after a series of audacious bids pushed it almost £40,000 beyond its lower estimate.
Enthusiastic bidding was a theme on the day, with several cars attracting opening bids far above their estimates. A 1989 Daimler Double Six started with an opening bid £3,000 above its lower estimate, eventually selling for £13,750, and a 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S in Silver Rose started with a bid £5,000 above its lower estimate and sold for £34,100 after brisk bidding.
An unfinished 1970 Fixed Head Series II Jaguar E-Type 4.2 attracted serious attention in the room with fast-paced bidding pushing the final price to £40,700, over £16,000 more than the lower estimate, while a 1972 Triumph TR6 with overdrive was pushed £13,000 above its lower estimate after some tense brinkmanship among room and phone bidders to sell for £30,800.
The Triumph wasn’t the only traditional British sports car to do well at the auction, with a 1966 Austin Healey 3000 MkIII drawing applause on reaching its final sale price of £50,600, and an ex-award winning 1964 Triumph Spitfire 4 Mk1 that had recently fallen on hard times sold for £6,160 despite being offered at no reserve.
Seventies BMWs seem to the flavour of the month among classic car collectors and the September Sale was no exception, with a 1975 BMW 3.0 CSA being fought over in a two-way bidding war in the room, joined later by online bidders to push the final selling price almost £8,000 beyond its lower estimate to £29,480.
Quirky lots regularly make an appearance at Classic Car Auctions and on this occasion it was a 1979 Ford Fiesta 1300S that drew smiles of affection with only 5,693 miles on the clock but looking very sorry for itself after more than a decade in storage. But with bags of potential, the little ‘no reserve’ Fiesta drew enthusiastic bidding and eventually sold for almost a pound for every mile it had covered at £5,720.
Classic Car Auctions have confirmed to MotorMartin that they will be back again for their final sale of the year on 2nd December with what promises to be another cracking auction at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre and quite frankly, MotorMartin cannot wait.
To view the full results from the CCA September sale, MotorMartin recommends that you visit: https://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/cca-september-2017-classic-car-sale/view_lots/pn/all and start saving for the final sale.
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