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ACA APRIL SALE REVIEW

ACA APRIL SALE REVIEW

Posted by Matt Bell on 1st May 2019

Anglia Car Auctions’ second classic car sale of 2019 was another busy, well-attended affair, with over 230 cars going under the hammer along with several motorbikes and bicycles. At the time of writing, 72 per cent of the entries had sold, with several outstanding provisional bids to finalise.

Part of the enduring appeal of ACA’s auctions is that there’s something for everyone, and this sale proved the point. For under £1000 you could’ve driven home in a Peugeot 306 Sedan, a tidy Rover 45 or a Metro City, all with current MoT certificates, while £750 was enough for a Matra Bagheera project.

At the other end of the scale, the top seller was a 1973 Jaguar E-Type 5.3 V12 Series 3 Roadster at £64,660. Other notable results included a 1973 Land Rover Series 3 SWB at £28,620, a 1983 VW Golf 1.8 GTi Campaign at £10,706, a 1954 Triumph TR2 ‘long door’ at just under £22,500 and a stunning Mk1 Ford Capri 3000E, which sold for £22,048.

You can always expect a few oddballs on sale in King’s Lynn too, with that box ticked by a curious six-wheel 1965 Mini Pick-up with a dual cab arrangement that sold for £7950, plus a couple of Trabants – one an earlier two-stroke version, the other with the run-out VW Polo four-stroke unit. American motors were also very well represented, with a 1964 Buick Riviera 465 Wildcat finding a new home for just under £13,000, and a 1977 Corvette doing likewise at just over £10,000. In addition, a 2004 Chevrolet Blazer 4×4 Auto in police livery went for £2332, with a 1990 Jeep Grand Wagoneer 5.9 V8 fetching £12,720 and a very striking 1958 Lincoln Continental Convertible MKIII selling for £21,200.

Our chosen highlights from the sale are below, but for the full results visit www.angliacarauctions.co.uk, or call 01553 771881.

This Suzuki Cappuccino has spent most of its life on a plinth in the head office foyer of Suzuki UK. Originally imported for type testing by the manufacturer, probably a couple of years before registration in 1993, it fell into private hands in 2015 and has still only covered 8907 miles. It beat its £7000-£9000 to sell for £9964.

One of three slab-fronted Minis in the sale, together with a Clubman saloon and a Clubman Estate, was this 1979 1275 GT. A three-owner car in Denim Blue, it was initially restored in the early 1990s when it gained some very Ripspeed-esque Cobra bucket seats, and more recently was treated to £6000-worth of body refurbishment and mechanical work. These later GTs don’t normally command the premium prices of the earlier 10-inch wheels examples, but this one sold for an impressive £11,130 against a reserve of £8000-£10,000.

Jensens were a strong feature of the sale, with no less than four Interceptors and a rare GT Shooting Brake. This 1971 Mk3 Interceptor had possibly been unused for a long period, but had been fitted with new sills and floorpans. Expected to sell for £10,000-£14,000, it would go on to sell for a £20,140 – the same price as a similar 1974 Mk3 that passed under the hammer later in the day.

This nicely-presented 1960 Morris Minor had covered a recorded 53,000 miles in the hands of five previous owners. After several years of being off the road, the car was subject to restoration commencing in 2010, which include a larger 1098cc engine reconditioned by Charles Ware. Estimated at £3500-£4500, it performed exceptionally well to sell for £6360.

The original and now rare Fiat Panda 4×4 has gained a cult status in recent times, with this 1990 no-reserve example selling for £7420. The Sisley was initially a limited edition model named after a fashion brand, but became a permanent feature in the range, boasting niceties such metallic paint, white painted wheels, special Sisley badging and an inclinometer on the dash. This one had been in the hands of 10 owners, but was in very good condition.

One of our stand-out favourites, and coinciding nicely with the model’s 50th anniversary, was this lovely 1970 Mk1 Ford Capri 3000E. Resplendent in beautiful Aubergine, this seven-owner example was subject to an engine overhaul and conversion to unleaded in 2018, along with an interior refresh. Evidently a popular entry, it sold for £22,048 to eclipse its £20,000 upper estimate.

No fewer than 12 Porsches went under the hammer, including this home-market 1973 911E 2.4 Targa in striking Viper Green with a retrimmed tan interior. It’s been completely rebuilt in the last three years at a cost of £45,720, including an engine rebuild, bare-metal respray and refurbished Fuchs wheels. It was also featured in our sister title, GT Porsche. Given the high-standard of the work, the £59,360 selling price looked like excellent value.

Fans of big Citroëns were no doubt attracted to this rare long-wheelbase 1987 CX25 Prestige Auto. This example is believed to be one of 12 Series 2 Prestiges remaining, and was previously owned by a former secretary of the CX section of the Citroën Car Club. It spent several years, between 2011 and 2017, stored and unused. With seven registered owners and a recorded mileage of 32,000, it topped its £7000-£10,000 reserve to sell for £10,600 including premium.