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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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