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Friends of MotorMartin, the Classic Car Auction (CCA) have shared information with #MotorMartinClassics regarding their latest sale on the 23rd and 24th March at the Practical Classics Restoration Show. And that’s not all as the sale is set to feature four classic Minis marking special moments in the marques 60th anniversary year.

According to Classic Car Auction, the Mini is celebrating not only its 60th anniversary but also 50 years of its star role in the famous film, The Italian Job.

CCA have confirmed that they are offering for auction, four fabulous editions amongst a range of these super little cars from this wonderful British marque. A one owner 1963 Mini, a Mr Bean replica, a low mileage “Italian Job” Limited Edition and a Rover Mini Cooper Sport all looking for a new home.

The 1963 Austin Mini 850 in bright red with only 47,000 miles is being offered with extensive history. This is a wonderfully presented one owner car which is sure to provide lots of fun for its next owner. In the late 80s it had a full body restoration and glass out respray and has been stored in a heated garage. It comes with a Heritage certificate and the Buff log book.

For fans of the bumbling Mr Bean, a replica of the car made famous in the hit TV series is now being offered. This car was treated to a bare metal restoration project by Practical Classics magazine and assembled live at the 2017 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show. It is now looking for a new home, after being with the current owner for the last three years. A fabulous little car with some modern tweaks and upgrades. Will provide lots of fun.

The Italian Job, one of the finest movies of all time and made famous with the iconic car chase involving three Minis led to a limited edition version of the little car. Offered for sale is a 1992 low mileage limited edition, one of 250 produced in white with black stripes and is in immaculate condition, regularly serviced and maintained to a very high standard.

Production of the Mini was nearing its end in 2000 and one of the final versions to leave the plant was a Red Rover Mini Cooper Sport. CCA have for auction a similar model with just 30,700 miles on the clock. This Mini Cooper Sport has silver detailing to compliment the Solar Red bodywork.

Gary Dunne from CCA commented to MotorMartin that “With this iconic car’s birthday being celebrated this year, we have no doubt that these Minis, and some other very special ones that we expect to offer, will cause a real stir in the market. True Everyman Classics, most of us have enjoyed the thrill of driving one at some point in our lives, and they just bring a natural smile to most people’s faces.”

A full list of the lots being offered can be viewed here View Lot List.

Best get saving up then.

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Friends of #MotorMartinClassics, Classic Car Auctions (CCA), have held their biggest sale of the year recently at the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show where 130 out of 161 cars classics on offer were sold, resulting in an impressive 81% sales rate. Not a bad result.

The total value of the cars sold reached a very impressive £2.1 million over the two-day sale at the NEC in Birmingham on 24th and 25th March.

It’s been explained to MotorMartin that while there was frenetic bidding for many cars, notable lots included the highest price paid at the auction for a restored 1972 Alfa Montreal which sold above its upper estimate for £59,400. It was followed by another Montreal project car from the same year which sold for £28,600 to an internet bid from New Zealand, again above its upper estimate.

Meanwhile, a stunning a stunning 1948 Jaguar 3.5-litre ‘Mark IV’ Drophead Coupé stole the limelight on day two of the sale when it sold for more than twice its upper estimate for £40,700, to an on-line bidder in the Czech Republic.

Proving that good things come in small packages was a 1964 Morris Mini Cooper 970 ‘S’ in a very rare original shade of blue which sold for £40,700, almost £10,000 above its upper estimate.

Other cars which caught the attention of bidders and selling above upper estimate included a rare 1975 Vauxhall Firenza 2.3 ‘Droopsnoot’ which sold for £18,150, and a 1975 Jensen Interceptor SIII 7.2-litre which was hammered away for £56,100.

MotorMartin’s own interest was piqued when it was revealed that Fast Ford fever was high with a 1987 Ford Capri 280 ‘Brooklands’ Turbo Technics selling above its upper estimate at £26,400, while other modern classics also achieved strong results, including a 1973 Datsun 240Z sold for £10,000 above its lower estimate for £24,750 and a 1990 Porsche 911 (964) Carrera Targa 4 which sold well above its upper estimate for £36,850.

Celebrity cars were also not to be outdone. A 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL once owned by music legend Sir Barry Gibb sold above its upper estimate for £17,600, while a 1995 BMW E38 750iL previously owned by rocker Francis Rossi OBE fetched £7,150 and a 1985 Bentley Turbo R, once the property of global superstar Sir Elton John CBE, sold for £10,120.

Gary Dunne, sales manager, Classic Car Auctions, commented to MotorMartin that: “This is a fantastic start to the year for CCA and we’re absolutely delighted with the results, as well as the huge turn-out in the auction hall.”

There was a lot of variety in the cars on offer and demand proved high across the board, and from across the globe. The dust may have only just settled on this sale but we’re straight onto the next, so I encourage any prospective vendors to come forward early to avoid disappointment.”

To see all the results, MotorMartin recommends you visit https://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/cca-practical-classics-classic-car–restoration-show-sale-2018/view_lots/pn/all.

CCA’s next sale takes place at The Warwickshire Event Centre on Saturday 2nd June. For more information, visit https://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/cca-june-2018-classic-car-sale.

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The #MotorMartinClassics desk has been all of a fluster recently with the news that the next Classic Car Auctions (CCA) sale at the NEC will see twenty-one Fast Fords, ranging from Escorts to Capris to Fiestas to Sierras, go under the hammer.

Highlights at the CCA Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show Sale include a pair of highly collectible and exemplary 1987 Sierra RS Cosworths. A completely original 3-door example reading just 26,000 miles and a freshly restored ‘Concours condition’ are among the finest examples ever consigned by the auction house, estimated at £45,000 to £50,000 and £45,000 to £55,000 respectively.

Rather incredibly, four other Sierras in the sale include a restored 1988 Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth reading just 36,000 miles and estimated at £25,000 to £30,000, and a 1991 Sierra Sapphire Cosworth fresh from a five year restoration, guided at £15,000 to £18,000.

Capri fans, of which MotorMartin is one, won’t be disappointed either with five stunning models on offer. Two 1987 280 Brooklands are available, one being a carefully maintained example estimated at £16,000 to £20,000, and the other a Turbo Technics to be offered at £22,000 to £26,000. Three Injection Specials complete the Capri line-up.

Meanwhile, Escort lovers will have six examples to choose from spanning ten years in age, ranging from a seriously quick and extensively restored 1979 Escort RS2000 Custom estimated at £24,000 to £28,000, through to a 1989 RS Turbo II that has covered just over 4,000 miles in 11 years, estimated at £16,000 to £18,000.

Another prime example is a rare and desirable, matching-numbers 1980 MK2 RS2000 Custom, estimated at £22,000 to £26,000, presented in iconic Cordoba Beige and supplied with original handbooks and service book showing six stamps.

Those looking to take their first steps towards owning an entry-level, classic Fast Ford also have plenty to choose from, including a 1984 Fiesta XR2 with an estimate of £6,000 to £8,000, and a late production 1980 Escort MKII 1600 Sport estimated at between £8,000 to £12,000, to name but a few.

In total, over 160 ‘everyman’ classics will be offered in the two-day sale near Birmingham, not least an original and unmodified 1983 Fiesta XR2 MK1 for sale from a private collection with just three former owners, estimated at between £12,000 and £16,000.

Gary Dunne, sales manager, Classic Car Auctions, shared with MotorMartin that: “I’d love to mention all of the fantastic Fast Fords on offer at our next sale but there’s simply too many!”

“Indeed, demand for Fast Fords was one of the big success stories last year and I’ve no doubt this will continue with our first sale of 2018.”

“With such a large collection on offer, I would urge fans of the classic blue oval to make a beeline to our sale on the 24th and 25th March at the NEC.”

For more information about the CCA Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show Sale and the large collection of Fast Fords on offer, MotorMartin can certainly recommend visiting https://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/cca-practical-classics-classic-car–restoration-show-sale-2018/view_lots/pn/all. Just be ready to dream.

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Friends of MotorMartin, Classic Car Auctions (CCA), have successfully closed the curtains on a record-breaking year by hammering away a fantastic 80 per cent of the cars on offer at its December Sale this weekend, for a premium inclusive total of £1.8 million.

The strong results, Classic Car Auctions say, bring to a conclusion the best year yet for the auction house. Indeed, in 2017 CCA successfully found homes for more than £6.1 million worth of ‘everyman’ classics.

Classic Car Auctions have confirmed to MotorMartin that whilst demand was strong across all vehicle marques at the December Sale, it was two ‘80s Porsches that were the top sellers on the day. The most expensive, a 1989 911 Carrera Supersport (SSE) sold for a fantastic £71,500, more than £11,000 over its lower estimate. Meanwhile a 1985 911 3.2 SSE Targa followed closely, selling for £68,750. The cars were two of nine Porsches successfully hammered away in the sale.

Demand for Fast Fords has been one of the big stories of 2017, a theme which continued through the sale with 10 cars from the blue oval successfully finding new homes. A concours condition 1987 Sierra RS Cosworth sold for nearly £6,000 over its lower estimate, fetching £37,950. However, a number of other potentially canny investments were also snapped up including a 1988 XR3i cabriolet which sold for £12,650, a 1986 Escort RS Turbo Series I which fetched £10,120 and a 1983 Escort RS1600i which sold for £9,900.

But it was another ‘80s icon which attracted the longest bidding war of the day. A lovely concours-winning 1987 Volkswagen Golf GTi convertible, formerly owned by Sir David Jason OBE, eventually sold for £17,820, almost £7,000 over its lower estimate.

Another ‘80s car which enjoyed a great deal of pre-sale interest, a 1984 Opel Manta 400, sold for just over its upper estimate, at £50,600.

More German metal from both BMW and Mercedes-Benz also proved extremely popular with buyers. A 2007 E61 M5 Touring was the most expensive of 14 BMWs which sold, selling for £22,800. Meanwhile a superbly presented 2005 SLK55 AMG was the highest selling Mercedes-Benz, fetching £15,400.

Home grown classics from the ‘60s also attracted strong bidding. A 1969 E-Type Series II 2+2 was the highest priced Jaguar, fetching £38,500, while a real slice of ‘The Italian Job’, a 1965 Mini Cooper S, which has appeared twice on Chris Evans’ Famous Five trips for Children In Need, sold for £38,500.

“What a fantastic way to end the year!” Confirmed Gary Dunne, Classic Car Auctions’ sales manager to the news desk at MotorMartin. “Demand for ‘everyman’ classics remains incredibly strong and we’re delighted to have achieved some great prices for our vendors. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in one of our sales in 2017 and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.”

Dates for CCA’s 2018 sales will be announced soon but anyone looking to consign a vehicle should contact the team on 01926 640888.

A list of the full results from CCA’s December sale can be found by visiting https://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/cca-december-2017-classic-car-sale/view_lots/pn/all.

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Warwickshire-based auction house and friends of MotorMartin, Classic Car Auctions (CCA), will present 160 classic cars spanning 72 years of motoring history at its festive December Sale at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on Saturday 2nd December.

Bidders, Classic Car Auctions say, will be spoilt for choice with the huge variety of quality ‘everyman’ classics on offer, including 17 BMWs, 14 Fords, 12 Mercedes-Benz, 11 Jaguars, eight Volkswagens, seven Triumphs and even a Porsche tractor.

Among the highlight lots in the auction, two modern classics with motorsport heritage are expected to draw bidders from far and wide. The homologation specials that spawned the Group B rally craze of the eighties will go head to head when a restored 1984 Opel Manta 400, one of just 245 made, is offered with an estimate of £40,000 to £50,000, and a well maintained, exemplary 1991 Audi UR-Quattro RR 20V is offered at £30,000 to £35,000.

Other modern classics offering fabulous collectability include a concours-winning 1987 Volkswagen Golf GTi convertible, reading just 21,500 miles. One of just 138 examples of the limited edition ‘All White’ Series, this particular car was previously owned by Sir David Jason OBE, famous for his appearances as Del Boy in Only Fools and Horses. It was originally bought for his long-term partner, Myfanwy Talog, and will be offered at £11,000 to £14,000.

Other eighties hot-hatches in the sale include a one owner, time-warp 1986 Ford Fiesta XR2 in original condition estimated at £14,000 to £18,000, and a 1988 Peugeot 206 XR reading just 4,400 miles, estimated at £5,000 to £7,000.

Porsche fans will have the choice of 16 quality examples available, among them two of the desirable Turbo-look specials; a 1985 911 Targa Supersport SSE and a 1989 991 Carrera Supersport SSE, both sporting the factory fitted M491 body kit, and estimated at £68,000 to £74,000 and £60,000 to £70,000 respectively.

Porsche fans looking to enter the growing market of front-engined models have the chance to pick up a 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo in the auction, estimated at £20,000 to £25,000. Or for those looking for a more unusual investment, there is even a 1962 Porsche tractor on offer with an estimate of £12,000 to £15,000.

Traditional British classics also shine bright in the auction catalogue, with an iconic 1959 Austin Healey 3000 MK1 BT7 2+2 which has been lavished with care and attention during a 22-year ownership, guided at £30,000 to £35,000.

A partly restored 1969 Jaguar E Type 2+2 Series 2 to be offered at £38,000 to £42,000 and a lovely example of a pull handle, 3-bearing crank 1963 MG MGB to be offered with an estimate of £12,000 to £15,000, complete the British line-up.

For fans of one of the most iconic British classics, the Mini, there’s plenty to get excited about with a 1965 Mini Cooper S celebrating the Italian Job complete with original artefacts from the famous film and a set of fake gold bars in the boot. The car has also been used twice by Chris Evans’ Famous Five trips for Children in Need. Joining the red Cooper S is a 1960 Morris Mini used by Marks & Spencer in a television advertisement featuring Twiggy, Erin O’Connor, Laura Bailey and Noemie Lenoir.

“The December Sale is the last of the year and we’ve put together a fantastic catalogue to round off 2017 with a really special auction,” commented Gary Dunne, auction manager, CCA to MotorMartin recently.

“As always we’ve selected cars to suit a range of tastes and budgets, whether you’re new to classic car ownership or an experienced collector, and we have some real show-stoppers up for grabs. We like to think we’ll help a few people out with their Christmas gift shopping too!”

A dedicated viewing afternoon will take place on Friday 1st December from 12 noon to 6pm, prior to the auction which takes place on Saturday 2nd December from 11am.

Mulled wine and mince pies will be available at the venue, with Christmas attire encouraged!

To find out more about CCA’s December Sale and see all the cars for auction, MotorMartin sincerely recommends you visit https://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/cca-december-2017-classic-car-sale/view_lots/pn/all. That dream garage could be closer than you think.

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A rare, rally-bred 1984 Opel Manta 400 in show standard condition will be offered for sale at Classic Car Auctions’ (CCA) December Sale taking place at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on 2nd December.

It’s been explained to MotorMartin by friends of the Towers, Classic Car Auctions’, that this particular car was built as one of only 245 examples made to homologate the model for Group B rallying and imported into the UK by Tony Fall, Opel Motorsport Team Manager at the time.

After World Rally Championship success with Walter Rohrl in the earlier Ascona 400 model, Fall had hoped to continue the winning streak with the Manta, but was thwarted by the advent of the Audi Quattro at the start of the four-wheel drive rally era.

The Manta 400, however, enjoyed major success at European level with the likes of Guy Frequelin; and who could forget the epic battles in the British Open Rally Championship between Jimmy McRae and Russell Brookes, both going head-to-head in a pair of identical Manta 400s in the eighties.

Classic Car Auctions’ have explained that fortunately, this road-going Manta 400 has enjoyed a more sedate life, watching rather than partaking in rallies. It was purchased privately by Mr David Little of Lurgan, Country Armagh, and sent to the main Vauxhaul Opel Dealer, Pentlands, to be converted to right-hand drive.

In the hands of the careful owner, the Manta spent most of its time stored in a garage, only seeing the roads on weekends to follow local rallies and on dry summer days.

In 2005, following a period of almost four decades left untouched, the car exchanged hands and met its second owner who decided to embark upon a full, bare-shell restoration. Taking place over 12 months, almost every part of the car was stripped, sandblasted and powder coated. The engine and gearbox were subjected to full rebuilds, returning the car to factory fresh condition and doesn’t it look fantastic.

All of the original features unique to the 400, including the Cosworth-developed 2400cc 16V fuel-injected engine, 5-speed gearbox and 5-stud Ronal wheels were retained, including a rare and difficult to source Irmscher full exhaust system.

Confirmed with MotorMartin, other distinctive features include factory wheel arch extensions, rear spoiler, grey and yellow decals and original, mint condition Opel Blitz upholstery. An evaluation by the Manta Owners Club scored the car’s condition as concours A1 in all areas, and it has been given a pre-sale estimate of £40,000 to £50,000 by CCA.

“This is such a special car! The Opel Manta has a cult status among rally fans as well as the rarity factor, so to see one in immaculate condition is a real treat,” explains Richard Greenhalgh, classic car specialist, Classic Car Auctions.

“Not only that, we believe that only 12 examples were produced in Astro Silver making this one even more desirable, and with a super low indicated mileage too of just 28,000 miles, you can’t ask for more!”

The car is accompanied by a history file containing the original import documentation dating from 1984, receipts and photos of the car throughout its restoration, and an old MoT dating back to 1990, which shows the mileage at just 18,414 miles.

Also present is a copy of the Spring 2007 edition of the Opel Manta Owners Club’s magazine in which the car was featured.

“We’ve already seen a great reaction to this car on our social media channels and we expect a lot of bidders on sale day,” concludes Richard.

To find out more about the 1984 Opel Manta 400 for sale and the CCA December Sale MotorMartin urges you to visit https://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/opel-manta-400 and be prepared to dream big.

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News has just arrived up on the top floor of MotorMartin Towers that friends of MotorMartin, Classic Car Auctions (CCA), will be offering a fantastic selection of rare and highly collectible fast Fords at its upcoming September Sale taking place at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on 23rd September. Excellent!

Representing the best of Brentwood’s superb eighties output, beloved of Essex wide-boys, yuppies, city slickers and MotorMartin of course, these Fords led the charge of Thatcher’s upwardly mobile youth. Now collectible cars, these icons are in high demand, as much for recalling memories of a bygone era as for their still impressive performance and have been achieving impressive prices for quite some time now.

Topping the selection of fast Fords is a 1988 Ford Capri 280 Brooklands Turbo Technics in fabulous condition following a fastidious 15 month restoration. Number 666 out of 1,038 manufactured, the classic Capri has covered just 38,000 miles, making it one of the best examples in existence, with an estimate of £30,000 to £35,000.

A number of other desirable Capris are also available, including a 1970 Mk I Ford Capri 3000 GT XLR to be offered at an estimate of £17,000 to £20,000 as one of just 27 examples thought to be left, a fabulous, unrestored 1987 Ford Capri 280 Brooklands reading 40,949 miles and with just two former keepers to be offered at £23,000 to £26,000, and a rare 1987 Ford Capri 2.8i Mk III Special coming from a 29 year ownership and reading just 25,000 miles, estimated at £12,000 to £15,000.

One of the defining sports saloons of the nineties, an unrestored and absolutely unmolested 1992 Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4×4 reading just 28,730 miles from new will be offered with a sale estimate of £25,000 to £30,000.

With a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, the four-door sport saloon is in exceptional condition and features a rear lip-spoiler, bonnet louvres and 15-inch ‘Shark Tooth’ alloys, finished in Nouveau Red Metallic with a Black leather interior and Recaro seats.

Fans of eighties hot-hatches will be spoilt for choice, with a 1989 Ford Escort RS Turbo Series II reading just 32,000 miles. Presented as almost pristine inside and out, it is estimated at £18,000 to £22,000.

Another immaculate 1989 example finished in Mercury Grey and reading just 41,519 miles comes with RS Owners Club provenance and is estimated at £16,000 to £22,000. A 1988 example presented in Black with Grey refurbished Recaro seats is estimated at £10,000 to £12,000.

A meticulously maintained 1991 Ford Fiesta RS Turbo will also be offered at £10,000 to £12,000, and an entry-level 1984 Ford Escort 1.6i Cabriolet from long term ownership will be offered at ‘No Reserve’.

For those who prefer American muscle, a low ownership and low mileage 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback which has been sympathetically restored, yet remains largely original, is expected to achieve £25,000 to £35,000 at auction.

A striking 1965 Ford Thunderbird in white with a black interior offers acres of car, and chrome, for its estimate of £8,000 to £10,000.

“Fast Fords are among the most popular cars at our auctions, and we’re very proud of the selection we have on offer for buyers at the September Sale,” explained Gary Dunne, sales manager, CCA to MotorMartin recently.

“Our biggest ever one-day auction is a perfect opportunity for Ford fans to purchase their dream classic and we encourage potential buyers to come along for a great day out,” concludes Gary.

To find out more about the fast Fords for auction at the CCA September Sale, MotorMartin can certainly recommend you visit https://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/cca-september-2017-classic-car-sale/view_lots/pn/all but start getting those excuses ready for when you plan your day out just to look… 

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Another day spent surfing the information superhighway for the first classic car to join the MotorMartin fleet was recently interrupted by friends of MotorMartin, Classic Car Auctions (CCA) sharing information about their latest sale. It turns out that CCA is offering first time classic car buyers the opportunity to purchase an entry-level 1979 Ford Fiesta 1300S at its September Sale at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on Saturday 23rd September.

Classic Car Auctions have explained to MotorMartin that with a tiny mileage of 5,693 miles and 11 years spent in storage, the classic Fiesta will be offered at the auction with ‘No Reserve’ as an entry-level project car with plenty of seventies nostalgia and driving still to be had from Ford’s sporty, baby hot-hatch.

Finished in gold with ‘1300S’ decals, the car retains its original brown, chevron design cloth interior, as well as a quirky ‘HAY 44V’ registration plate, and even a tow bar. An old tax disc in the window dated 2006 is the year the car is believed to have last been on the road, having been parked-up indefinitely when its only, elderly lady owner gave up driving.

The electrics and 1299cc Kent engine are in good running order, requiring minimal work to be returned to the road.

The Fiesta 1300S is one of 11 cars to be offered at ‘No Reserve’ at CCA’s September Sale, which also includes a charming 1959 Ford 100E Prefect in good running condition, which with some love and care could be a show-stopping, fifties icon.

 “This sporty little classic Fiesta is the ideal ‘starter’ classic for new or virgin classic car buyers, as is the 1959 Ford Prefect,” explained Richard Greenhalgh, classic car specialist, CCA to MotorMartin recently. “Buying a classic car doesn’t have to be eye-wateringly expensive and this Fiesta will make for a fun project, as well as being great fun to drive!”

Other ‘No Reserve’ cars available on the day include a two owner, appreciating 1989 BMW E30 325I SE, a former Concours d’Elegance awarded 1964 Triumph Spitfire 4 Mk1, a very well presented 1991 Volkswagen Golf GTI MKII and a 1970 MG Midget entry level racer.

“CCA is the perfect place to come for anyone interested in going into classic car ownership. We have a huge variety of cars ranging from No Reserve up to £50,000 plus, and we encourage anyone with a love of cars to come and take a look around,” concluded Richard.

To find out more about all the ‘No Reserve’ cars and CCA’s September Sale, MotorMartin recommends that you visit https://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/ford-fiesta-1300s.

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It’s no real surprise to those of us working up on the top floor of MotorMartin Towers that the MG ZR is now being sold in a classic car auction after all, the MG ZR was one of Britain’s most popular sporting hatchbacks throughout its production life and in 2004, it was MG Rover’s best selling car. 

And now, quite incredibly, a 2005 MG ZR with just 759 miles on the clock is heading to auction at Classic Car Auctions’ (CCA) September Sale at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on 23rd September.

Friends of MotorMartin, Classic Car Auctions, have explained that with a remarkably low mileage, the car is in almost-new condition having been placed on SORN and kept in storage shortly after it was purchased by its first and only owner.

Today the 3 door, 1.4 litre Mk II manual is likely to be the lowest mileage example around, having been carefully looked after and barely driven since it left the Birmingham factory 12 years ago. It is also one of the last examples ever made of the car, manufactured towards the end of the production run.

Presented in blue with a black check interior, both the exterior and interior of the car are in almost pristine condition offering a time-warp experience back to 2005, as well as the quick and sporty performance which made the model one of Britain’s most popular sporting hatchbacks and the marque’s best-selling car in its day.

With low mileage modern classics growing in appeal among car collectors, the preserved ZR is expected to sell for between £5,000 and £7,000 when it is offered at auction.

“This car is simply stunning in every respect!” Explained Simon Langsdale, classic car consignor, CCA to MotorMartin recently. “Low mileage modern classics are extremely popular these days, and I very much doubt there’s another one in this condition and with this mileage out there.”

Impressively, the MG ZR is accompanied by all the original booklets and SORN Certificates, as well as old MoTs from its time on the road.

To find out more about the 2005 MG ZR 105 and CCA’s September Sale MotorMartin can happily recommend you visit www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/2005-mg-ZR 105.

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We all know that the staff up on the top floor of MotorMartin Towers are big fans of a decent quality classic car, in fact, the car doesn’t even need to be that good or even particularly class for the staff to down keyboards and go and look. This makes it very difficult when companies such as Classic Car Auctions have the audacity to arrange another classic car sale, after all, the quality of the car’s on offer can never be in doubt. Absolutely glorious. 

All eyes then are on the growing list of modern classics set to go under the hammer at the Classic Car Auctions September Sale as market demand increases for eighties and nineties performance cars.

Classic Car Auctions have shared with MotorMartin that fast Fords, BMWs, and performance Audis are joined by Peugeot and VW hot hatches in an impressive line-up for the sale at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on 23rd September.

With recent price records being set for eighties and nineties performance cars, examples such as the 1984 Peugeot 205 GTI and the 1988 VW Golf GTi Votex up for auction at the September Sale will be watched closely.

The Peugeot hot hatch on offer, Classic Car Auctions say is the 1.6 litre predecessor to the 1.9 GTI sold recently at auction for almost £38,000. With an estimate of £14,000 to £18,000 and just 30,000 miles on the clock the Peugeot is sure generate excitement in the sale room.

The GTI’s little brother, the 205 Rallye also makes an appearance in the lot list. The 1300cc version was developed by Peugeot specifically for rallying and this 1989 road-going version is a lightweight flyer powered by a 102 bhp engine and packs so much excitement into the driving experience that Top Gear’s Chris Harris has declared that it’s more fun than a Porsche 911R! The Peugeot 205 Rallye is gaining rapidly in popularity among collectors and is estimated at £10,000 – £12,000.

The Peugeot’s main hot-hatch rival in the eighties was the VW Golf GTi and this model is sure to rise in popularity in tandem with the 205. Classic Car Auctions has listed a superb example complete with a rare factory-fitted Votex body kit. A multi show-winning car with an extensive history and just 44,000 miles on the odometer, the iconic Golf is estimated at £7,000 – £9,000.

Another car that caught MotorMartin’s eye is a 1991 Diamond Black BMW 316i Lux which, despite being 26 years old, has only covered 2,245 miles and accordingly is in great condition. This little used modern classic is also a lucky member of the E30 family of BMWs which have become extremely popular with enthusiasts in recent years. Family-owned and barely used, the BMW is estimated at £12,000 to £15,000.

Estate cars, up until the nineties, were hardly the stuff of boyhood dreams until BMW and Audi decided to combine practicality with supercar performance and produced rocketships such as the Audi RS6 Avant and the BMW M5 Touring. Two of these powerful estate cars will go under the hammer at the September Sale with the 450 bhp Audi estimated at £8,000 – £10,000, and the even more powerful and rare 507 bhp BMW estimated at £18,000 – £22,000. Only 222 UK right-hand drive BMW M5 Touring’s were produced, so this E61, five-litre V10 is expected to draw a lot of attention from bidders.

“There is a rising market in certain types of modern classics and there are a number of reasons for this,” explained Gary Dunne, Sales Manager of Classic Car Auctions to MotorMartin recently. “A connection with motor sport helps, which is the case with the Peugeot 205 GTIs, and a lot of people who were growing up when these cars first came out are now in a position to afford the car of their dreams. There’s also a rarity factor as a lot of these cars have not survived since the eighties.”

MotorMartin’s favourite Fast Fords certainly fall into this category and a 1992 Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4×4, an unmolested, low mileage, road-going version of Ford’s last effort to homologate a Sierra to compete in the World Rally Championship, is for sale with an estimate of £25,000 – £30,000. The Sierra is joined by an iconic Ford Capri 280 Brooklands from 1987 with an estimate of between £23,000 and £26,000.

The “Fast & Furious” film franchise that did so much to influence the market for Japanese performance cars in recent times is still much in evidence and a desirable right-hand drive 1997 Honda NSX manual makes an almost obligatory appearance on the lot list with an estimate of £40,000 to £45,000. Alongside it is a rally-inspired 1991 Toyota Celica GT4 Carlos Sainz special, one of only 5,000 manufactured and with a sale estimate of £10,000 to £12,000.

The September Sale takes place at Classic Car Auctions’ regular venue at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on Saturday, 23rd September.

To see the latest line-up of cars listed for the September sale MotorMartin certainly recommends that you take the time to visit CCA Classic Car Auctions and start planning your dream garage. Good luck.

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