The first ACA sale of the year saw an interesting mix of classics go under the hammer. Here are our highlights

Words: Joe Miller

With the weather surprisingly mild, plenty of bidders turned up for Anglia Car Auctions’ (ACA) first sale of the year. The catalogue was an intriguing one too, packed with everyman classics, prestige, traditional models, former street furniture and a host of alluring projects.

Many lots found homes at impressive prices, including some 1970s stalwarts. These began with a 1973 Ford Cortina Mk3 1600XL that beat its lower estimate to sell for £4968, with 1979 Vauxhall Chevette 1.3L in saloon making £3240 having been offered with no reserve. Perhaps rarest of our ’70s favourites, however, was a 1975 Datsun 120Y Estate. Surely one of just a handful left, it looked to be in fine fettle and was sold for £3780.

Further entries from the same decade came thick and fast, with a 1972 MGB GT beating its estimate to sell for £2916, and a 1977 Mercedes W123 in rare ‘250’ guise exceeding its £3000-£4000 guide to achieve £4320. Rarest of all was a stunning 1972 Fiat 130 Coupe, with the V6-powered GT flying past its £5000-£7000 estimate to sell for £9072.

Modern classics had a great sale too, with a tidy 2002 MG TF beating its estimate to sell for £2592, a 2006 Chrysler Crossfire Roadster in striking yellow exceeding its guide to fetch £3348 and pleasingly unmodified 1999 Subaru Impreza Turbo 2000 Estate offered with no reserve making £5292. Elsewhere, a 2004 Toyota Corolla T-Sport 190 sold mid-estimate for £2592, joined by the 2002 MGZS 180 that achieved £2700, a 1999 Bentley Arnage that beat its estimate to sell for £12,420 and a 2003 Range Rover L322 Vogue with just 36,000 miles that found a new home for a remarkable £13,392.

Fords are always a firm favourite, and this sale had blue ovals for all tastes and budgets. A superb 1980 Escort RS2000 sold mid-estimate for £27,540, while the Mk1 Ford Focus range was bookended by a 2002 RS that managed a final figure of £18,360 and a humbler 1.6 LX, which sold for £1160.

Elsewhere, a 1987 Sierra XR4x4i combined its rarity with excellent condition to achieve £5994, and a recently restored 1992 Mk5 Escort Van stood out even more, being perhaps the tidiest we’ve seen. With just 58,000 miles and extensive original paperwork, it sold for £5184. For the full list of results, see