Suggesting that the Norwich auctioneer is becoming a rising force in the classic auction world would be an understatement, EAMA’s most recent Classic and Retro sale returned an incredible £16,750 headline result for a 1985 Vauxhall Nova.
The car had received a full nut-and-bolt restoration but that’s still a mighty impressive result for a 1300 Nova Sport, as were the next two lots: a 1973 Mk1 Ford Escort van which sold for £8450 and a 23,000-mile 1989 Transit which made £4800. Another Ford commercial curiosity was a diesel 21,000-mile Sierra P100 pickup which realised £2750.
More proof of the investment potential of classic Fords came with the £35,100 result for a Mk2 RS2000 – no doubt encouraged by its low mileage of just 14,000 – and the £9000 Mk2 Escort 1600 Sport, while the restored RS1600i was hammered down for £11,000. Meanwhile, a Capri 2.8 Injection boasting extensive body rot made £3800.
The tempting Range Rover project we featured in our sale preview went for peanuts relative to its restored value, the 1992 Vogue SE making £400 while a 72,000-mile Vauxhall Viva project saw £1100 and a non-runner Jaguar XJ-SC V12 made £4000.
Other intriguing lots included a low-mileage MG Metro selling for £2250 and a £3000 result for a factory-basic 1991 Rover Mini City E, while another Cooper-styled City made £3500. The VW Beetle-based beach buggy sold for £3300 while its closely related cousin the Porsche 914 made £7100 and another VW in the shape of a Polo CL ‘Breadvan’ sold for a strong £1250 reflecting the cult following among the VW fans for these cars.
Elsewhere, a BMW E36 328i convertible looked like great value at its £700 hammer price, as did a £2000 Porsche 944, while a 37,000-mile Morris Minor 1000 of 1967 vintage was a result at £800 and was even outsold by the £1800 result from a 46,000-mile Maestro 1.6L.
We’ve picked a selection of highlights here and you’ll find more details at www.eama-norwich.co.uk. The next Classic & Retro sale is scheduled for Saturday, July 20.
This 1983 Porsche 944 was one of three in the sale and sold for £3400.
A strong result for this 1996 Mercedes E320 convertible at £10,700.
The Capri 2.8 Injection was described by one onlooker as being “rotten as a carrot” but sold for £3800.
The 14,000-mile RS2000 Custom was hammered away for an impressive £35,100.
The £16,750 hammer price was an astonishing result for this restored 1985 Nova 1.3 Sport.
Despite the X-registration, this Porsche 914 is a 1972 car and sold for £7100.
Not many Mk1 Escort vans survived the years this well which explains why this 30,000-mile 1973 example sold for £8450.
The £2250 result was a good showing for this 1989 MG Metro.
This GP beach buggy is based on a 1961 Beetle floorpan chassis and will make a great summer toy at £3300.
This Escort RS1600i had been colour changed from black to red during restoration but still made an impressive £11,000.