Classic Car Auctions (CCA) returned to Birmingham’s NEC as part of the Restoration Show on March 23 and 24, with 229 cars going under the hammer

With 26,912 attendees attending the show over the duration of the weekend it was no surprise to see some impressive results in CCA’s latest sale – but there were also a host of bargain buys.

We’ll start with a headliner. A 1961 Ford Zodiac Mk2 in show-standard condition and showing only 20,370 miles was estimated at £14,000–16,000, but managed to achieve a sale price of £27,000, setting a new live auction world record in the process. It wasn’t the only the only Ford to hit the heights though, with the sole Ford Capri Mk1 V8 conversion produced by Super Speed of Essex beating its lower guide to sell for £33,750.

There were also surprises among a strong BMW contingent. A 1995 E32 750iL V12 was built for the Diplomatic Service, and despite requiring recommissioning, soared past its guide price to make £19,575. Other prestige cars to do well included a 2004 Bentley Continental GT showing 27,790 miles, which sold for £5000 more than its upper estimate at £27,000, with a Porsche 911 SC Targa beating its £28,000–32,000 guide to finish up at £39,375.

Further highlights included a 1990 Peugeot 205 GTI 1.6 in desirable Miami Blue, which sold above guide for £18,562, and there were numerous Minis too. The stand-out was a lovely 1964 Pick-up that sold for £21,375, but there was also a smart 1959 Austin Seven DeLuxe that made £16,875 and another Pick-up, this time from 1982, for £15,750.

One of the big attractions for Land Rover fans was no fewer than 34 examples in the sale. Of these, 19 were projects from the same collection, all offered with no reserve. A 1969 Range Rover assembled as a pre-production prototype had to be the highlight – Velar chassis number two, it was used for promotional work then selected for conversion to a rapid-response airport fire tender with six wheels. It made £29,250, but that was beaten by a tidy 1972 Suffix A that sold for £30,275. Others of interest included a 1986 Overfinch prototype at £5400, plus a Janspeed Turbo conversion from the same year, which made £3937.

While many lots beat their reserves, more cars than CCA would have liked either failed to match their guide or find a buyer, perhaps reflecting the current market. However, that did lead to some bargains; such as the 1939 Daimler DE27 Limousine possibly used by Winston Churchill, which sold for just £3938. And for a modern starter classic, how about a 14,700-mile Rover 100 for a mere £1012?

For the full list of results, see