Classic Car Auctions – auction preview – March 2021

A walk around video of the auction preview, also featuring the Warwickshire Collection Pt 3, and the Silverstone Auction Sales.
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My first pick from today’s CCA auction is this rather lovely Series 1 Daimler Sovereign. Guided at £8,000 – £10,000 this 4.2 litre car looks to represent good value for money, even if you factor in the cost of changing the wheels to get rid of the bolt on wire wheels which have absolutely no place on one of these cars. This car is also fitted with a rare black interior, as a lot of cars have a biscuit or cinnamon interior. According to the listing, this car was restored in 2017 and benefitted from a glass out repaint, and a lot of other important work that is backed up by photographs in the vehicle history file.

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Next up is a car that caught me by surprise, as I’ve never been a huge fan of the square front end of the 1275 GT. However, in the metal this little clubman is quite special, and so it should be with a reputed £70,000 worth of invoices in the history file. When I walked past the car, the passenger seat was stacked high with a range of trophies, which is never a bad thing. The 1275 engine has been upgraded, and is fitted to a five speed ‘box, so it should go well too. It is also offered at no reserve.

The next car on my list is even smaller than the Clubman featured above, and is certainly rarer. I’d imagine most people haven’t seen an NSU Prinz, or even know what one is, but that can be a nice thing sometimes. A 600cc 2-stroke engine means you’d probably want to go on a diet before driving it, but it is certainly a pretty little car, and at a guide of £8,000 – £10,000 it seems to be a reasonable purchase.

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If you peruse eBay and similar websites looking for classic cars like I do, then you may well recognise this Renault 18 GTL estate. Most likely the lowest mileage version you’ll ever find, with just 360 miles from new, you’d be forgiven for thinking this car will be absolutely pristine. Unfortunately, due to being stored in a garage for most of its life with day to day clutter stacked all around it, it does suffer from some scratching to the paintwork. This car sold for under £6,000 last year, and is guided at £8,000 – £10,000 today. I wouldn’t be entirely surprised to see it appear with a dealer after this auction with a large mark up – just waiting for the right buyer (if there is one).

Another car that really caught my eye was this Citroen DS21 D Super 5, which is guided at £13,000 – £16,000. The DS is a car which has always been stylish, and still has the ability to steal attention from most cars around it (which it did when I viewed the auction). Originally green, this car has been repainted in silver/grey metallic and has a red velour interior, which is always a great colour combination. This car was imported to the UK in 2004 and has only covered 3,000 miles in that time, so I hope whoever does buy it uses it properly (after giving it a good look over to make sure that it doesn’t need any recommissioning).

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I’m a sucker for an XJ-S, but in this case I really like this car because of the VRM, which is ‘VWK 1X’, and I think it rather suits it. Listed as either needing recommissioning or light restoration, this no reserve convertible may be a bargain, but it all depends on how much work it needs, and I would suggest it leans more towards needing restorative work rather than just simple recommissioning.

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