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Californian 1971 Datsun 240Z in receipt of £60k Historic Marathon prep for 2012 London to Cape Town doubled CCA estimate to sell for £37,185
Jaguar E Types headed the Classic Car Auctions prices Saturday 7 December at the Warwickshire Event Centre beside the Fosse Way at Leamington Spa, where £82,140 was paid for a UK-supplied in 1962, right-hand drive S1 3.8 Roadster that had been rebuilt around a Martin Robey monocoque with panels and upgraded by XK Engineering in 1992, and £74,370 was forthcoming for another home market, though twice restored 1974 S1 3.8 FHC.
A 1964 Morris Mini Cooper 970S still with matching numbers, one of only 965 produced by BMC to satisfy FIA homologation requirements, Fred Walters restored and still with matching numbers, made a more than top estimate £41,070. A mid-estimate £35,520 bought a once Rootes registered 1966 Sunbeam Tiger Mk1 with correct Ford 4261cc motor and original seat leather that had been back to bare metal repainted in 2014. A 1972 Rover 3.5 P5B Coupe with 53,748 warranted mileage sparkled by the Christmas tree and raised a festive £32,190, £7190 more than top estimate.
In the £25,000-30,000 band, £26,640 bought a UK supplied 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Sport Targa with 915 5-speed transmission, £35,530 an apparently well restored South African Ford 1972 Capri Mk1 3000 GT XL, also in right-hand drive, and £25,530 a 1974 BMW 3.0CS E9 with later M30 B35 injected engine from a 635CSi mated to a 3-speed manual box and Recaros from an M635i.
A budget of £20,000-25,000 would have purchased a 28,000 mile 1988 Jaguar XJS 5.3 V12 with TWR visual upgrades for £23,310 or an effectively one company/then private owner from new in 1992 Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4-Door with 53,500 mileage for £20,535.
With £15,000-20,000 to spend, a 1973 Triumph Stag Mk2 3.0 manual with hardtop could have been yours for £19,425, a 1991 Peugeot 205 1.9 GTI driven 46,800 miles by two lady owners for £17,538 or a 1991 Jaguar XJS Le Mans 5.3 V12 with quad-headlights and 44,900 warranted mileage for £16,650.
Whereas for £10,000-15,000, a 1968 MGC Roadster with walnut dash cost a new owner £14,763, a 1968 BMW 2000 CSA E9 Pillarless Coupe with documented £15k resto £14,430, a late production 2nd generation 45,000 mile Honda S2000 of 2008 vintage £12,210 or an SOC calendar featured 1982 Ford Escort RS1600i with 115bhp CVH £11,988.
After CCA had closed their book on their final auction of the year, 67% of the 130 classics on display at the WEC had been knocked down to new owners, who spent a sale total of £1,231,315 including 11% buyer’s premium and an average of £14,153 per car bought.
Silverstone’s ‘Everyman Classics’ division will next set up their rostrum at ‘The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show’ in the NEC at Birmingham, where sale cars can be viewed 10am-5.30 pm Friday 27 March and will be auctioned in separate sales Saturday and Sunday.
For reality checks on the market-significant prices paid during the final batch of 2019 auctions, check out more Reviews on C.A.R. by clicking onto More News and scrolling through the many sales in stock. May your 2020 surfing be both prosperous and fun. RH-E
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C.A.R. BACKED FISHER WINS FF1600 CHAMPIONSHIP
Classic Auction Review congratulates Josh Fisher on winning the 2019 Castle Combe FF1600 Championship in the C.A.R. supported 1999 Van Diemen RF99/JL14 run by Wayne Poole Racing.
With victory at the Grand Finals Day round on 14 September, 2008 and 2017 Champion Fisher has therefore secured his third FF1600 title for WPR with 6 wins, 3 seconds and a third place at the West Country circuit.
Our thanks to Swindon Powertrain for building a race winning engine, the WPR crew for preparing a car that has achieved a 100% finishing record and, of course, to photographer Mike Stokes for digitally capturing the action.