The first auction from SWVA’s all-new headquarters proved to be a resounding success with 50 varied classics ranging from projects to pristine going under the hammer

Words: Joe Miller

All but five of the cars entered found new homes at SWVA’s latest sale – and many for impressive figures. Pre-war cars proved popular – a pair of Austin Sevens kicked things off, a 1935 Pearl Cabriolet offering a tempting project for the fair price of £2000, while a 1931 Chummy presented in excellent all-round condition and sold for £8500. The 1939 Standard Flying 10 Saloon boasted excellent bodywork and a comprehensive history file to contribute to its £6250 hammer price, while the standout pre-war car was unquestionably the 1933 Alvis Firefly 12. Despite being a non-runner, its superb bodywork and interior earned it a winning bid of £10,000.

Sports cars were in plentiful supply, with a 2000 BMW Z3 2.8 fetching £3400 on the hammer, while the 1998 Mercedes SLK230 managed £2500 sale. Those after a British sports car had plenty of options, including a 1959 Triumph TR3A that sold for £18,200 plus fees and a stunning Saffron Yellow 1972 TR6 that was hammered away for £23,100. In addition, a 1972 GT6 still sold for £1300 despite being a project for an ambitious restorer.

There was plenty of prestige on offer too, starting with a 1992 Lexus LS400 that presented well despite its 190,000 miles and sold for a bargainous £650. A 2004 Jaguar X350 XJ6 also looked great value at a hammer price of £1200, with a sharp-looking 996-generation Porsche 911 Carrera 4S from 2003 achieving £15,600 plus fees.

As ever, Fords of all eras were popular, headlined by the stunning 1977 Mk1 Granada 3-litre Ghia. We fell in love with its metallic bronze bodywork and immaculate beige interior, and so did the winning bidder, who saw fit to bid £16,750. Similarly classy and stylish was a 1966 Anglia 123E Super, which boasted a comprehensive history file and sharp two-tone paintwork to earn itself a £7300 sale price.

Another Anglia, this time a 1965 105E with lovely chrome-rimmed Rostyle wheels, was hammered away for £5000, while a remarkably clean Sebring Red 1975 Mk2 Capri 1600XL sold for a strong £8000 plus fees and our very own Orion 1.6GL brought the gavel down at £3000.