1984 Audi quattro - The car that changed rallying and made fast 4WD road cars popular. This one has a later, better 20-valve engine and SWB replica bodywork by Dynalynx. Lots of money spent on new parts recently; thankfully comes with the original wheels. Sold for: £8,008
While the top end of the market heads into the stratosphere, it’s easy to think that classic car ownership is out of reach of mere mortals, these days.
But there are still plenty of cars at the more affordable end of the price spectrum and several auction houses cater specifically to them. South West Vehicle Auctions is one of them.
The catalogue for SWVA’s October sale majors on cars estimated at less than £10,000, an amount that most of us could probably get our hands on without too much trouble. There’s a very wide variety, too.
Here are Only Motors’ top picks.
1953 Ferguson T20 – If you measure greatness by fitness for purpose, the T20 is one of the greatest machines of all time. Huge following and many still in regular use, like this one which mowed the lawns at a sports club. Looks a bit rough, but should be mechanically sound. Every petrolhead should have one. Sold for: £1,600
1963 Mercedes 220S – These old ‘fintail’ Mercs are deeply cool are still usable every day. 2.2 straight-6 produces 110bhp, enough to keep with modern traffic. This one has been fully restored and used regularly. Sold for: £13,780
1968 Alfa Romeo GT 1300 Junior – One of the greatest sports coupes, ever. Small engine means you can drive it on the door handles without ever troubling the speed limit. This desirable early ‘step nose’ car is in completely original condition and has had a recent comprehensive service. Awful wheels, though. Sold for: £11,872
1971 Ford Taunus Coupe – Ford of Germany’s answer to the British Cortina. Perhaps a bit plain, but the coupe is rather handsome. This very rare RHD example spent most of its life in Ireland. Needs some work. Sold ford: £1,300
1972 MG Midget Arkley SS – Arkley kits were popular back in the 70s as means of keeping knackered old Midgets on the road. This one was restored to concours standard with a brand-new Heritage bodyshell and fast road spec engine. Not sure about the colour scheme, but an absolute riot to drive. Sold for: £5,936
1977 TVR Taimar – Proper hairy-chested TreVoR with big Ford Essex V6 motor. Can be very fast and a lot of fun, if you work for it. As it should be, really. Not sure about the beige stripe but otherwise lovely. with extensive history file. Not sold
1984 Audi quattro – The car that changed rallying and made fast 4WD road cars popular. This one has a later, better 20-valve engine and SWB replica bodywork by Dynalynx. Lots of money spent on new parts recently; thankfully comes with the original wheels. Sold for: £8,008
1986 Fiat 126 Brown – Brown by name, very brown by colour scheme. 126 arguably not as characterful as the older 500 but still a very cool about town runaround. This one was used once a week to go shopping and kept in a garage, so ridiculously low mileage and exceptional condition. Sold for: £4,770
1989 Bentley Turbo R – The car that revived Bentley’s sales and sporting reputation. Storming performance from 6.75 turbo V8 and immense luxury. This one is reportedly in very good, usable condition. Low estimate though, so be careful. Still an awful lot of car for the money. Sold for £7,314
1991 Ford Sierra 1.8 LX – Seems daft, but even non-Cosworth/XR Sierras are collectible, these days. This mid-range 1.8 LX only has 26k miles on the clock and would be perfectly usable every day. Someone will snap it up for the low estimate. Sold for: £1,200