A varied mix of popular traditional models, prestige machines and near-extinct former street furniture went under the hammer as Anglia Car Auctions held its first classic sale of 2023

Anglia Car Auctions enjoyed a strong start to its 2023 classic auctions on January 28-29, with an impressive 88 per cent of the entries finding new homes.

The sale’s headliner was a Gulf-liveried Roaring Forties Ford GT40 replica that sold for £77,760, but there were plenty of stand-out cars at more affordable price levels. One of these was a 1978 Rover SD1 2600 that had covered just 14,000 miles and sold for £15,768, while not nearly as tidy but equally alluring was an Austin Seven-badged Mk1 Mini dating from 1960, which managed to achieve a sale price of £11,340. Scaling up the Issigonis formula, a very tidy no-reserve Austin 1300 automatic from 1970 sold for an impressive £7992, with a 1969 1800 Mk2 ‘Landcrab’ showing just 30,000 miles selling above estimate at £6696.

The Blue Oval contingent had a good weekend, too. A 1971 Mk1 Ford Capri 3000 GT made £22,680, with a 1975 Mk1 Ford Granada GXL – also powered by a 3.0-litre Essex V6 – selling for £17,280. More of a project, meanwhile, was a 1969 Mk2 Cortina Lotus that changed hands for £19,980, while for those preferring their classics to be Griffin-badged, a 1985 Vauxhall Cavalier SRi offered with no reserve soared to a final sale price of £10,044.

Elsewhere, potential Festival of the Unexceptional contenders included a 1983 Datsun Cherry showing just 16,179 miles that sold mid-estimate at £4104 and a 1984 Talbot Horizon LS that easily beat its guide price to make £3240. Offering a more sporting flavour, on the other hand, was a trio of powerful modern classics: a 1998 Honda Integra Type R that had covered a remarkable 201,300 miles sold for an eye-raising £8748, a 2005 Audi TT Quattro Sport showing 35,000 miles comfortably surpassed its £12,000 top estimate to make a whopping £19,244, and a 2002 Phase 1 Renault Clio V6 sold just above its guide for £32,940.

With a host of Jaguars, Triumphs, Land Rovers and other traditional classics also contributing to the excellent conversion rate, ACA will be hoping for more of the same during its next sale on April 1-2. For details, see angliacarauctions.co.uk.