Classic Car News
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Most classics over the age of 40, ie at present pre 1978 cars will now be exempt from the requirement for an MOT unless they have been substantially modified. However, you can voluntarily submit your car for a test and the good news is that it will not be subjected to the tougher rules that apply to modern cars.
Brightwells next sale takes place at their home base in Leominster this coming Wednesday. As always there is plenty on offer to suit most tastes.
The next Historics sale at their usual venue of the Brooklands motor museum has a big offering of high end classics to choose from. Ranging from a 1994 Lister Storm (£145,000 - £165,000) to a Volvo P1800S (£24,000 - £28,000), there is something for most tastes.
We had another sign of the next generation of classic cars coming through at SWVA last Friday with a Volvo 240GL estate selling for £8,384. The car had an extremely low estimate in the hundreds which was perhaps not that far off what these cars can sell for.
It was always going to be a big price given that this was the first complete Swallow Two Seater to come to market in more than a decade on the 14th April at Richard Edmonds and the final price of £45,000 reflects that. A new auction record, but we don't expect it to have any impact on the value of saloons which are plentiful in supply in comparison.
H&H are back at their usual venue in Buxton this coming Wednesday after a long break following the refurbishment of the building. There is lots on offer with a good number of budget classics including some rarities such as a 1979 Bedford HA 110 Van (when did you last see one of those!) estimated at £6,000 to £8,000.
ACA have put together another mammoth sale for this coming weekend. There is a huge amount of diversity with lots of interesting cars up for grabs.
Richard Edmonds hold their first sale of the year this coming Friday. They are the only auction house that specialises in Petroliana and every sale includes fantastic and rare items with this sale being no exception such as the very rare Scotch Petrol pictorial enamel sign depicting a Scotch globe on top of a petrol pump with the prancing lion motif which is estimated at £3000-4000.
The very first TR5 off the production line, CP1 is to be sold at Brightwells Bicester sale on Wednesday 11th April. The car has been with the current owner for the last 20 years and over that time the car has been fully restored.
It is never easy to understand why bidding fever can usurp logic, but yesterday's sale at Brightwells which we attended produced a surprising result with fevered bidding pushing an Austin Seven Opal that is in need of full restoration to over £12,000. The engine did look as if it had been freshly rebuild albeit not in the car.
Yesterday's Bonhams auction proved the market remains buoyant with the best cars achieving strong prices. Fast Fords continue to attract big premiums especially if they are low mileage such as the 1980 Ford Escort RS2000 Custom Sports Saloon with just under 32,000 miles from new which achieved £40,250 including premium.
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