Anglia Car Auctions holds its next sale on Saturday (22 August). The catalogue features something for everyone, from a slightly battered 1991 Honda Civic estimated at £400 – £800, to a lipstick red BMW Z8 at £140,000 – £160,000.
Typically, I don’t have the readies to buy any of the many lots that I’ve wasted quite a lot of time gazing at. But you might, so here is a selection of my top picks.
1960 Skoda Felicia Convertible – Before Communism turned Skoda into a joke it made some half-decent cars. Felicia was slow an had unpredictable handling, but was reliable and stylish. This one needs work but seems solid. Est: £3,000 – £4,000
1972 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 454 Convertible – Extremely pretty thing with thunderous 270bhp, 7.4 ‘big block’ V8. Hugely fast but no handling whatsoever; best to drop the top and cruise, glorying in the looks and astonishing exhaust rumble. Est: £35,000 – £45,000
1972 Opel GT 1.9 – Sort of a mini Corvette; quick, fun and very pretty. This one’s a little stunner after a full restoration. Est: £12,000 – £15,000
1974 Austin 10cwt pick-up – If you’re thinking this looks a lot like a Morris Marina pick-up, it is. Never a big seller back in the day, this is probably the best of the very small handful left. Fully restored and with a fast-road spec engine. Terrible to drive, but oddly cool. Est: £6,000 – £7,000
1986 Austin Montego cabriolet – Very odd one this, a top-spec Montego Vanden Plas with a roll-back convertible roof. Allegedly built by Tickford, apparently to a very high standard. Must be unique; about as out-there as 80s Austins get. Needs tidying. No reserve
1986 Vauxhall Cavalier Cabriolet – Is it cool yet? Probably not, but I still find it oddly compelling. I know it’s rubbish, but still. This one has had 1 owner from new. No reserve, proceeds go to charity
1988 Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth – 3-door Cossie values have rocketed and Sapphire prices are rising now, too. Doesn’t have the cachet, but still an awesome piece of kit and more usable. This is a clean, standard car kept in dry storage. Est: £6,000 – £8,000
1993 Daimler Double Six – Deluxe Jag XJ with buttery smooth 6.0 V12. Very fast and excellent handling. Built properly by this stage, so incredibly complex engine and interior electrics should all still work. Much opulence and speed for not much money. Est: £3,000 – £4,000
1996 Mini Equinox Traveller – Bodymaker QCR Motor built a run of these in the 90s for the Japanese market, but this one stayed in the UK. Beautifully built and plushly trimmed. Much sought after, this one is in exceptional condition. Est: £16,000 – £20,000
1999 Mercedes E55 AMG – The first proper AMG super saloon. 350bhp, 0-62mph in 5.4secs and an absolute drift monster. Massively expensive new, insane value now (ignore the running costs!). Est: £2,200 – £2,800
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