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SWVA JANUARY PREVIEW

SWVA JANUARY PREVIEW

Posted by Matt Bell on 15th January 2019

At the time of writing there was still some time before the entry deadline for the next SWVA sale but already the catalogue is filling up offering the usual diverse fare.

The first to tempt us here were a pair of Range Rover restoration projects, one the rare late-model 4.2 LSE and the other a Sprintex supercharged example. They both look as if they’ll suck up a whole lot of time and money but could well be rewarding projects especially as they’re both sold at no reserve.

Another appealing big barge is the unusual Austin A110 Westminster, which was restored to a high standard some years ago – a rare event with these cars. At an estimated £8250-£8975, it’s rarer than a Bentley of similar size.

If you’re after something more sporting, there’s another temptingly affordable 996-generation Porsche 911, a Renault 5 GT Turbo and an original Mk1 Escort Mexico estimated at £22,000-£23,000 as well as a factory-built MGB V8 and a 1970 Mini Cooper S estimated at £15,950-£16,950. The lots consigned so far also include a pair of Morris Minor convertibles, a selection of prewar Austins and a C4 Corvette contrasting nicely with the smattering of sensible ’90s Volvos.

We’ve picked out some highlights here but for more details visit www.swva.co.uk or call 01202 745466.

This 1937 Austin 7 Ruby saloon is ready to go and sold at no reserve. Despite being hand painted, it’s said to be in sound condition inside and out.

An unmolested Mk3 Escort of any kind is a rare sight, especially one as early as this 1981 four-door 1.3L. With only 30,000 miles showing, it’s estimated at £2000-£2900.

Original factory-built MGB V8s don’t come up too often and this could be yours for £9500-£10,500 which is usefully cheaper than the RV8 these days. It’s been colour-changed from Bracken to Mineral Blue and the V8 has received Vitesse heads, Piper cam and Holley carb.

we know from bitter experience how costly it can be to restore a Morris Traveller which makes the £3800-£4800 estimate on this one look very appealing, especially as it’s received new woodwork and much welding, coming complete with a file of bills from Moggy specialists.

The 996 iteration of the Porsche 911 is becoming ever more tempting and here we have a 1998 Carrera S in Tiptronic auto form at an estimated £9000-£9700. That’s an affordable way to travel at 174mph.

The Renault 5 GT Turbo has been showing promise lately, with a couple of examples selling recently for around £13,000… making the £5500-£6000 estimate here seem very tempting. Especially since it’s a one-owner car in completely standard spec.

The ultimate evolution of the classic Range Rover was the long-wheelbase, 4.2-litre LSE complete with air suspension. This one is an abandoned restoration project but is sold at no reserve and when finished would command strong money.

Another Renault, rather less exciting than the GT Turbo but a great deal rarer. When was the last time you saw a Renault 19 Bergerac? Your ticket to the Festival of the Unexceptional, this 40,000-miler is sold at no reserve.