You wouldn’t have thought there’s a much spare sloshing around in January as everyone’s wallets recover from Christmas. And yet there are a lot of auction on this month.
Coys gets the ball rolling at the
Autosport show this very weekend, then Anglia Car Auctions follows with its first sale of the year on the 23rd.
ACA is going from strength to strength, drawing in over 200 cars for the sale at its base in King’s Lynn. It’s a typically diverse selection, taking in everything from micro-mileage, one-elderly-owner-from-new superminis, to hot hatches, sports car, luxo barges and everything in between.
As usual, Only Motors has trawled the catalogue to find the cars we think are worth a punt. If you can call anything up to 30 grand ‘a punt’.
1964 Land Rover Series 2A – Land Rovers have been used for literally everything, though ambulances this old are incredibly rare now. This one wears a Lomas body and bought new by the Norwich Red Cross branch, who kept until 2011 when it went to a collection. A wonderful thing. Sold for: £6,405
1969 Jaguar 420G – Immense thing, designed to take on Cadillac in the USA. It failed, but it’s still a fabulous thing with 260bhp 4.2 engine and great handling. This black example has a proper London gangster vibe. Looks to be in ready-to-rock condition, too. Sold for: £13,020
1975 Daihatsu Max 360 – Adorable Kei-car, with 360cc, 2-cyl engine. One of very few export models and in practically brand-new condition. Would score major ‘scene points’ from Japanese car crowd. Not sold
1976 Rolls-Royce Camargue – Most people think it’s ugly, but love the Camargue, especially in period colours like this chocolatey brown. Even today, few luxury coupes can top its sheer magnificence. Monstrously expensive new and still massively expensive to run, but at least this one becomes tax exempt this year. Withdrawn
1982 Ford Capri 2.0 Cabaret – Rare special edition model wearing iconic ‘slotmag’ wheel and spot lights for the proper Essex wide boy look. Towbar detracts a bit, though. Owned by the same family since ’86 and very well looked after. 10 years this was a £1,000 car; how times change. Sold for: £2,835
1983 Morris Ital 1.7 SL – Another heroically rubbish car that we love all the same. Incredibly rare now, too. This is a 1-owner-from-new car, with low miles but no documents. Sold for: £1,900
1983 Rover SD1 2000 – Much as we love the SD1, we will admit that the 2.0 auto – as here – is rubbish. But we can forgive this one anything for its wonderfully terrible, albeit rare, period bodykit. Not sold
1988 Austin Montego 1.6 L – This is everything we look for in an 80s car: it’s a once common, now rare model that’s always been a bit crap, it’s beige and in pristine condition. Even better, this one was originally owned by legendary stunt driver Russ Swift, who performed in the Montego TV advert. Few Montegos have been worth this much money since about 1992. Sold for: £2,625
1989 Ferrari Mondial t 3.4 – Much-maligned 4-seater model, but vastly better than its reputation says, particularly these last-gen models. Few cheaper ways into Ferrari ownership and arguably more usable now than contemporary 308/328 2-seaters. This one has a gorgeous tan interior and is in lovely condition. Sold for: £25,987
1990 VW Golf G60 Rallye – Group A rallying homologation special with 160bhp, supercharged 1.8 engine, 4WD and oh-so-80s box flare wheelarches. This one looks to be in completely original, unmolested condition. Hugely sought-after in VW circles. Not sold
1991 BMW E36 AC Schnitzer S3 3.0 – This is a real rarity, a very early E36 3-Series with a whole-car tuning package by BMW specialists AC Schnitzer. 3.0 engine makes c.250bhp. This one contested ’93 Targa Tasmania rally, finishing 3rd overall. Fully road legal and in very nice condition. Not sold
1992 Mercedes 500E – Merc’s first super saloon and one of the great Q-cars, built in collaboration with Porsche. 320bhp 5.0 V8 under the bonnet, giving 6.0s 0-62mph time and 162mph top speed, still good numbers today. This one was imported from Japan in 2013 and looks to be in very good condition. Not sold
1992 TVR V8S – Rare model with mellifluous, 240bhp 4.0 Rover V8 engine. 0-60mph time of 4.9s made it quicker than Ferrari Testarossa! This one is the right colour and has very low miles. Sold for: £13,650
1997 Fiat 126 – Late example imported from Poland in 2015. Recently restored and apparently drives well. Rubbish in every way, but that’s the appeal surely? We’d much rather have this than a 2nd-hand Smart. Sold for £2,000
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