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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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#MotorMartinClassics are pleased to report that robust results from Coys Autosport and Maastricht auctions, held simultaneously on Saturday 13th January, indicate the classic car market remains stable and resilient with a positive outlook for the coming 12 months.

The international car auctioneers and friends of MotorMartin held simultaneous auctions at two of Europe’s most important shows, Autosport International in Birmingham (UK) and Interclassics in Maastricht (Holland).

Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, who had predicted that 2018 would see new participants in the classic car market and that the outlook was optimistic, explaining to #MotorMartinClassics: “The results across both auctions signify a very encouraging and very good start of 2018 and also show a positive outlook for the historic collector car market in the coming 12 months.

“Both auctions, which were the first international sales of the year, saw cars selling across the globe from the UK to America to Russia and bode well for the forthcoming and significant auction season in Scottsdale, Arizona.”

The top results at Autosport included the sale of a matching numbers 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Volante for £530,000, a 1975 Ferrari 365 GT4/BB that was delivered new to Colonel Ronnie Hoare, Chairman of Maranello Concessionaires UK for £312,000 and a 1993 Ferrari F40 for £979,000.

Significantly, the 1993 Ferrari F40 competition car attracted bidders from all four corners of the world. Fitted with its original matching numbers engine, it was delivered to Kroymans BV in Holland and was raced in period by Patrick Huisman and David Hart on various circuits throughout Europe.

The highlights of the Interclassics Maastricht sale included a 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE with coachwork by Pininfarina that sold for €292,000, a 1969 Ford Boss 429 Mustang for €214,000 and a 1986 Aston Martin V8 Volante for €180,000.


• Autosport International, NEC, Birmingham, UK (January 13th)

• Interclassics Maastricht, Holland (January 13th)

• The London Classic Car Show, ExCeL, London, UK (17th February)

• The Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show, ExCeL, London, UK (17th February)

• Techno Classica Essen, Essen, Germany (24th March)

• Legende et Passion at Monaco in conjunction with the Historic Grand Prix, Monaco (May 12th)

• Chiswick House, London, UK (May 26th)

• Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, UK (June 30th)

• Fontwell, UK (July 14th)*

• Schloss Dyck, Germany (August 4th)

• Fontwell, UK (September 8th)*

• True Greats, London, UK (December 4th)

*Date to be confirmed.

Looks like they’ll be plenty to look forward to over the coming year in #MotorMartinClassics’ opinion.

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Another day, another auction and International auctioneers COYS continue to be extremely busy as they return to their annual sale at Techno Classica in Essen, Germany, on 9th April with a selection of 130 classic and sports cars worth more than €15 million. MotorMartin has selected the following highlights for us to focus on as the breadth of the sale is quite breathtaking.


COYS have let it be known to MotorMartin that the auction, held at the largest historic car exhibition in Europe, features vehicles such as a 1952 Grosser Werkmeister with FIA, FIVA and German historic papers (refer to COYS for estimate), a 1968 Ferrari 330 GT/C (estimated at €600,000 – €700,000), 1978 BMW M1 works car, also the first M1 to be road registered (€550,000- €650,000), a 1986 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale “Group B Rally” Specification (€350,000 – €400,000) and a 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 SS (€90,000 – €110,000). So best get saving!

Chris Routledge, Managing Partner of COYS, shared with MotorMartin that: “Techno Classica Essen has become one of the most well established classic car sales in the world and further strengthens COYS position as the leading international auction brand in Germany.”

“We always look forward to coming back to this event and this year we are offering a fabulous and vast selection of vehicles, ranging from a German racing legend such as the 1952 Grosser Werkmeister to highly sought-after collectors cars such as the 1968 Ferrari 330 GT/C.”


Amazingly, the auction will also feature a 1929 Lancia Lambda, 8th Series Torpedo Type 223 evocation carrosserie by Casaro (€180,000- €200,000), a 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series 1 (€240,000 – €260,000), a 1965 Ghia 1500 GT Coupe (€65,000 – €95,000), a 1996 Porsche 993 RS Coupe (€240,000 – €280,000) and a 1987 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole (€375,000 – €425,000).


As well as other important lots which include a 1959 Alfa Romeo Touring Spider with one owner from new (€45,000 – €55,000), a 1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 S Roadster (€130,000 – £140,000), a 1961 MG A Mk II Coupe, one of only 600 produced (€20,000 – €25,000), a 1992 Ferrari Testarossa (€115,000 – €120,000) and a 1980 Citroën Méhari (€15,000 – €20,000).

COYS have let it be known to MotorMartin that they will also be auctioning at no reserve a selection of cars from the Stasys Brundza collection, one of the largest European collections of Cadillacs. This includes a 1953 Cadillac 62 Coupe de Ville (€18,000 – €25,000), a 1949 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood (€15,000 – €18,000) and a 1939 Cadillac Series 39-75 Imperial Sedan (€30,000 – €40,000).

As always, MotorMartin urges you to checkout www.coys.co.uk to view the full catalogue and work out how many of the family you’ll need to sell before making a bid on that dream, classic car.


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.

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MotorMartin was sifting through the press releases clogging up the automotive desk the other day, when the following caught my eye. Now in my mind, there’s nothing quite as exciting as the thought of an undiscovered classic laying quietly, waiting to be discovered amongst the dust and the silence of a long forgotten garage. So imagine the excitement at the news that two exciting Aston Martin barn finds will be auctioned by Classic Car Auctions at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre on Saturday 19th March. The two sleeping classics have been kept in dry storage for the past few years waiting for new owners to restore them back to their former glory. Amazing.


Perhaps the most interesting of the pair, a rare 1973 Aston Martin V8, one of just 288 produced, is estimated at between £35,000 and £40,000. The car is one of only a few manual examples produced as the majority of Aston Martin V8s were automatic, making this car rarer still, even more so as this car is one of the very last of the David Brown-era.

Classic Car Auctions point out that the Aston features louvered rear vents and Aston Martin Lagonda embossed cam covers and that this Series III houses a 5.3 litre Weber carburetted V8 engine which, when recommissioned, should provide plenty of grunt. Fortunately, The leather interior is still in remarkably good order and is presented in black leather.


By no means the lesser of the two, after all, MotorMartin wouldn’t turn either away, also offered is the V8’s ‘son’, a 1990 Aston Martin Virage which is estimated at between £20,000 and £25,000. A bargain? Introduced at the Birmingham Motor Show in 1988, the Virage model was Aston Martin’s replacement for the decades-old V8 models.

This second barn find Aston has been with the vendor for five years, having been originally bought as a project and has been dry stored for most of this period. Again featuring a rare manual gearbox, the car has covered a total of just 34,000 miles, barely run in.

Shared with MotorMartin and speaking ahead of the sale, general manager of Classic Car Auctions, Guy Lees-Milne, said, “Both of these rare Aston Martins offer great potential as restoration projects and will definitely catch the eye of the buyers at the sale.”

He continues, “It’s unusual to find two Aston Martin barn finds in the same place and this is an amazing opportunity for anyone wanting to get into the wonderful world of Aston Martin ownership.” Definitely.

For more information on these cars and the Classic Car Auctions’ sale this March visit http://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/cca-march-2016-classic-car-sale/view_lots/pn/all.

So there you are, if you have the spare cash, a friendly garage nearby, the time and experience then either of these two beautiful Aston Martins could be sat on your driveway by the end of March. Let MotorMartin know if you were one of the lucky ones.

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For those who’s memories have not yet been addled by days of Christmas cheer, you may recall an article on MotorMartin regarding the latest Classic Car Auction held back on the 5th December
https://motormartin.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/news-103-classic-cars-for-auction-at-ccas-christmas-sale/ Well good news, for all those interested in this type of thing, we now have the prices that the vehicles went for. Were you one of the lucky ones?

Shared with MotorMartin has been the following.

A pair of fantastic celebrity owned cars helped Classic Car Auctions (CCA) achieve a record sales rate of 75 per cent and record total sales of more than £770,000 in its sale last Saturday, 5th December.


Taking place at its new permanent home, the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, just outside Leamington Spa, a very special 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible owned by legendary actor Charles Dance was successfully hammered away in a packed out auction hall for £33,550. Charles himself attended the sale to see his car sold for nearly £10,000 over its lower estimate.


Viewed with much interest from hundreds of buyers at the sale, a 2007 Range Rover Sport, exclusively designed and first owned by David Beckham, was sold for £31,350, more than £8,000 over its lower estimate.


The highest value lot of the sale, a 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series II 2+2 Auto, sold for £46,750. The car had been beautifully restored over many years by the vendor whose hard work and dedication was clear to see.


Those after a modern classic were impressed by the 1995 Ferrari 348 Spider. The low mileage example was presented in the superb colour combination of Rosso Corsa with a Nero leather interior, had been lovingly cared for and sold for £42,625.

Commenting on the results, CCA general manager, Guy Lees-Milne, said: “I’m delighted that we have achieved such great prices for our vendors in what was one of our best catalogues of the year, and it’s great to see customers old and new extremely happy with their new cars.”


Porsches continue to prove in demand at auction. A great value 1971 Porsche 911T was sold for £29,920, more than £9,000 over its lower estimate and a fantastic looking 2006 Porsche Cayman S was sold for £15,180 after an intense bidding battle between buyers in the room.

For the quirky classic car collector an incredibly rare 1975 Citroen DS23 Pallas proved a hit, selling for £26,620, more than £8,000 over its lower estimate.

Another expertly restored car, a 1973 MGB Roadster presented in Old English White with a red roof and interior, was hammered away for £13,750, while a 1993 MG RV8, one of only two pre-production ex-factory cars, was sold for £17,270.

CCA is now inviting entries into its 2016 sales, which all take place at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, with the next sale on March 19th. Specialising in ‘everyman’ classics valued at between approximately £5,000 and £50,000, those looking to sell a car are encouraged to get in touch soon.

Guy added: “It’s been a very busy and successful first year for us at CCA and we’ve sold some great cars. We look forward to welcoming even more buyers to our sales next year.”

You can view the full list of results by visiting http://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/cca-december-2015-classic-car-sale/view_lots/pn/all.

Unfortunately MotorMartin’s bid of £5.00 and a packet of crisps was soon left far behind when it came to the Jag!

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