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BRIGHTWELLS MARCH AUCTION REVIEW

BRIGHTWELLS MARCH AUCTION REVIEW

Posted by Glenn Rowswell on 15th March 2018

BRIGHTWELLS AUCTION REVIEW, LEOMINSTER, MARCH 7TH

The fact that much of the country had ground to a halt under a heavy snowfall just a few days earlier didn’t deter customers at Brightwells’ first traditional classics sale of the spring. As ever, lots ranged from some exotic to basket case restoration projects with a great choice of mid-priced classics offering something for every budget.

Top money went to a quietly classy Aston Martin V8 from 1975, fresh from a £30k sorting by a marque specialist which made £55,000 and was closely followed by a lovely and said to be original Jaguar XK150. From a deceased estate, the 3.8 manual FHC was knocked down for £50,000. Elsewhere at the top end of the price range a very clean 1964 Triumph TR4 converted to right-hand drive during recent restoration made £21,000 and a Mk1 Escort two-door very nicely rebuilt in the Twin Cam style made £20,500.

Other highlights included a wonderfully original 1950 80” Land Rover selling for £16,000, the tempting prospect of a Daimler Sovereign Coupe needing recommissioning but yours for just £6900 and the best Lotus Type 83 Elite we can remember seeing.

For those classic Ford fans priced out of the Mk1 Escort, a French-imported Mk2 four-door was a more affordable prospect and was joined by a Jaguar curiosity in the shape of a cloth-trimmed left-hooker 2.9-litre XJ40, also wearing French plates but very straight.

Find a full listing of results at Brightwells and make a date for the next tradtional classics sale by the firm at its Bicester site on April 11.

BRIGHTWELLS MARCH AUCTION REVIEW
R107 Mercedes 350SL was a tempting prospect at £4200 but plenty of bubbling paint suggested this early (1972) example may be hiding a fair bit of work.

BRIGHTWELLS MARCH AUCTION REVIEW
Escort was built as a replica of the Twin Cam, using a straight two-door shell with ‘Type 49’ strengthening added during restoration. Power came from a 2-litre Sierra ‘I4’ engine and the very usable result sold for £20,500.

BRIGHTWELLS MARCH AUCTION REVIEW
Daimler Sovereign version of the XJ Coupe was an appealing 4.2 manual and sold for £6900. It needed recommissioning after a period in storage but looked pretty sound.

BRIGHTWELLS MARCH AUCTION REVIEW
The 996-generation Porsche 911 is great value these days and this Carrera 4 was yours for £12,500.

BRIGHTWELLS MARCH AUCTION REVIEW
Alvis TD21 was going to need a new owner with bodywork skills but an £8800 sale price left plenty in the budget for the work.

BRIGHTWELLS MARCH AUCTION REVIEW
Six-wheel, six-wheel drive Range Rover fire tender was tremendous fun for £4200.

BRIGHTWELLS MARCH AUCTION REVIEW
Escort 1300L was a French import showing just 35,000km and looked like an easy one to finish for £1100.

BRIGHTWELLS MARCH AUCTION REVIEW
The vendor had poured his soul into this Lotus Elite and we can’t remember seeing a didier example. It sold for £6000.

BRIGHTWELLS MARCH AUCTION REVIEW
BMW’s 2002Tii is a rare car these days but it was a brave soul who coughed up £2750 for this one.

BRIGHTWELLS MARCH AUCTION REVIEW
Assemble this jigsaw and you’ll have a 1933 Alvis Firefly. The partially completed restoration with Alvis-rebuilt engine sold for a strong £10,000.

BRIGHTWELLS MARCH AUCTION REVIEW
Readers of a certain age will remember the legendary Yamaha FS1 but chances are this £1000 example was rather shinier than the one you rode to college back in the day…

BRIGHTWELLS MARCH AUCTION REVIEW
XK150 coupe was a lovely original example and sold for £50,000.

BRIGHTWELLS MARCH AUCTION REVIEW
A real Jaguar curiosity was this French-plated XJ40. Despite being left-hand drive and featuring cloth trim with the 2.9 engine, the very clean example sold for £1200.

BRIGHTWELLS MARCH AUCTION REVIEW
Maxi 1750 was a 1977 example sporting just 26,669 miles and at £500 was a bargain for a Maxi fancier.

BRIGHTWELLS MARCH AUCTION REVIEW
At £3700, this 1986 Manta GTE made an appealing and very much more affordable alternative to a late-model Capri.

BRIGHTWELLS MARCH AUCTION REVIEW
Having covered less than 65,000 miles, this nicely presented A30 with useful upgrades had spent much of its life on Guernsey and sold in Leominster for £5500.

BRIGHTWELLS MARCH AUCTION REVIEW
At £9000 this BMW 635CSi auto showing under 55,000 miles was a tempting entry into these appreciating cars.

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