A new auction world record was set for a Vauxhall Astra Mk1 GTE as CCA enjoyed a strong finish to 2022 at the Warwickshire Event Centre on December 10

CCA had a strong finish to 2022, with its Christmas Classic Car Sale seeing 245 different lots offered, 80 per cent of which found new owners. Pre-sale publicity had helped to generate interest in a number of Mercedes-Benz modern classics, with a 2007 CLK 63 AMG Cabriolet nearly doubling its estimate to sell for £30,375 (including fees), while an ‘R230’ SL55 AMG smashed its own by selling for £22,250.

CCA’s tagline of ‘Everyman Classics’ ensured there was a good crop of more modest cars in the sale. A 1969 Morris Mini Mk2 made £19,125; and a 1977 Mini Mk3 1000 wrapped in Louis Vuitton-style vinyl sold for £3600. Other small cars included a Citroën 2CV ‘ripple bonnet’ that changed hands for £8325, with a 1985 Ford Fiesta Mk2 Popular Plus selling for £8775.

Jaguars put in a strong showing, too. A 1965 Mk2 3.8 with a manual gearbox and overdrive made £32,000, while two similar cars with the 2.4-litre engine went for virtually half as much at £15,187 and £14,062. A 1998 XK8 Convertible made a similar £14,400, and one of its predecessors in the form of a 1996 XJS 4.0 Coupe sold for £9000.

Among the MGs that found buyers were a low-mileage 1980 MGB GT (£5062), a 1993 RV8 (£19,687), and a pair of early Midgets – a 1098cc Mk2 that seemed a bargain at £5400, with a no-reserve 1275cc Mk3 coming in at an even more modest £3262. Hot hatchbacks that changed hands included a 1982 Ford Escort XR3 that sold for £11,250, a 1988 example of the later XR3i which made £21,375, a £6750 1990 Peugeot 205 GTI 1.6, and a 1983 Vauxhall Astra Mk1 GTE (an ex-Wheeler Dealers TV star) that closed at £25,650.

Overall, the sale seemed to confirm the continuing trend that cars with modest values, specifications and running costs are still performing well in terms of both sales rates and prices earned, while higher-value examples of prestige cars or those carrying hefty servicing and running bills are perhaps less consistent.

To see the sale prices of every car sold in the pre-Christmas sale, head to classiccarauctions.co.uk.