South Western Vehicle Auctions (SWVA) will be hoping for another buoyant conversion rate when it holds its second classic car sale of the year at its Poole base on April 28.
There were almost 70 cars entered at the time of writing, ranging from pre-war commercials to modern classics. The auction will begin, as ever, with affordable classics, many offered with no reserve. These include a tidy 1992 Audi 100, a 1993 Rover 820 showing just 68,000 miles and something of a sleeper in the shape of a 1998 Peugeot 406 GLX with the 3.0-litre V6 engine.
There’s bargain prestige in abundance too, with a 1994 Daimler Six running on LPG estimated at just £1000-£1500, a 1996 Jaguar XJR expected to sell for under £2000 and a Japanese-import XJ6 3.2 LWB from the same year guided at £1800-£2800. On a similar theme, a pair of Mercedes SLKs in 230 and 320 flavours could be snapped up for less than £1000 apiece, while a W123-generation 300D in need of TLC but with a current MoT is guided at just £500-£1000. Another potential bargain is a 1991 300SL estimated at £2000-£3000, with a 280CE and a 350SL both dating from 1978 also looking for new homes.
Another Stuttgart classic is a 2003 Porsche Boxster estimated at just £2500-£3500, and those with deeper pockets might consider a 2004 Aston Martin DB9 with a tempting £18,000-£20,000 guide, or perhaps a 2007 Volante version that could top £30,000. Older prestige, meanwhile, includes a 1947 Bentley MkVI saloon at an estimated £14,000-£15,000.
Elsewhere, a wide selection of traditional classics will see at least four MGBs will be offered, plus further Octagons in the shape of an MGC roadster, a 1972 Midget, a 1955 ZA Magnette and 1997 MGF showing a genuine 25,000 miles. A 1957 Austin-Healey 100/6 could be a star at a predicted £25,500-£27,500, while other entries include a modified Mini Clubman Estate, a bog-standard Mini 1000 and a trio of classic Triumphs comprising a 1966 TR4 IRS, a 1969 Vitesse Convertible and a rare Mayflower from 1952.
With a further collection of eight cars from a deceased estate that includes four Austin Sevens, a no-reserve Mk3 Capri, a Minivan project and a couple of pink Consul Capris – one a convertible – this sale has a wide range of bases covered. See SWVA’s website at www.swva.co.uk for the full catalogue.