The latest Anglia Car Auctions classic sale on June 10-11 saw a wealth of varied entries ranging from pre-war lots to modern classics, as well as motorbikes and automobila

Words: Jeff Ruggles

A Jaguar E-type coupe and a Mercedes SL ‘Pagoda’ that both dated from 1965 and sold for £59,400 and £50,220 respectively. Perhaps more notable, however, was the volume of projects on offer – not least of which being a trio of ‘barn find’ cars that each performed well. A 1982 Ford Granada 2.8 Ghia estate that had been stored for more than two decades sold for £6696 including fees, while a 1983 Vauxhall Astra GTE Mk1 – last used in 1998 – raised a few eyebrows when it went for double its lower estimate; £19,008 including fees. Alongside came a 1991 Vauxhall Carlton 3000 GSI, which had been left untouched since 2014 yet sold for £4212 against an estimate of £2500–3500. Perhaps classic Vauxhalls are finally becoming hot property?

Elsewhere, Mazda MX-5s proved popular as we hit summer. A 2005 second-generation example estimated at £4500–5500 made £5940, while bidding for a Sunlight silver MX-5 Euphonic (with hard top and a warranted mileage of 28,000) exceeded the £4000 upper guide on the way to sale price of £4752, also including fees. To complete the trio, one of 500 limited edition Mk1 MX-5 Harvard Editions sold for £5508 after being offered with no reserve.

Proving equally popular were a handful of classic Triumphs. A bright yellow 1976 Dolomite 1850 guided at £3000–4000 made £4644, a one-owner from new 1972 Spitfire exceeded its upper estimate of £8000 by achieving £8964, a 1967 TR 250 finished above expectations at £27,540 and a 1967 TR4A anticipated to achieve £18,000–22,000 made £23,328.

The list of unusual lots included two Land Rover 101 models. A 1977 101 Forward Control that had been converted into an ambulance and later restored exceeded its upper estimate by more than £4000 to sell for £14,148 including buyer’s fees. Similarly, a 1977 101 ‘General Service’ surpassed its £10,000–14,000 guide to end at £16,308.

With other lots to find new homes including a pair of rare Austin Champs, a Bedford Bambi camper, lots of American muscle and even a 1957 Goggomobil T300, there was something to suit everyone. To view all the results from the sale, head to