A 1973 Aston Martin V8, uncovered after an extended period of storage, has sold for £64,350.
Classic Car Auctions celebrated its most successful sale yet, selling more than £1m of cars thanks to an 85 per cent sale rate. A 'barn find' 1973 Aston Martin V8 was one of the biggest sellers, making £64,350 – more than £20,000 over its £35,000-£40,000 estimate.
This rare early V8 is one of 288 produced, and one of the few cars specified with a manual gearbox. Offered at the sale still covered in a layer of dust, the V8 quickly attracted bids from the room. Another dusty Aston Martin, offered from the same seller, was a 1990 Virage. Another rare manual car, and with just 34,000 miles on the clock, the hand-built grand tourer also sold above estimate for £31,900.
If you're a fan of slightly obscure 1980s hot hatches, then you will have undoubtedly had your eye on the Fiat Strada Abarth 130TC. The twin-carb Strada is something that's very rarely seen, let alone offered for sale in such fantastic condition as this example – a fact made clear by the final sale price of £15,180. The much more common, by comparison, Talbot Lotus Sunbeam also offered in the auction sold for £17,050.
Another notably strong result was the legendary Subaru Impreza P1, developed by Prodrive specifically for UK roads. Initially estimated at £10,000-£12,000, this rallying icon went for £14,080. Another Japanese classic that sold for a good price was the Series 1 Mazda RX-7, coming from a single 36-year ownership to make £10,450.
CCA has had a number of celebrity-owned cars pass through its doors, and this sale saw an ex-Elton John Maserati Quattroporte make £27,500.
Commenting on the results from the sale, CCA general manager, Guy Lees-Milne, said: 'This was our biggest catalogue yet and our customers were clearly impressed by the great selection of classic and modern cars we had on offer. It was great to see so many new and old customers join us for our first sale of the year. The atmosphere was fantastic and I’m sure both buyers and vendors are going home extremely happy.'