Bumper 200-entry Classic Car Auctions’ sale at the NEC Restoration Show saw some interesting results.
Classic Car Auctions’ had its debut sale at the Classic Car and Restoration Show this year, and posted sales of £2.4 million – the auction house’s highest ever sales total – with a sell through rate of 75 per cent.
The sale, which was also the auction house’s largest to date, featured 200 cars. The standout car was a low mileage 1985 BMW M635 CSI manual, which sold for £100,100. At more than double its upper estimate, it’s believed to be a UK auction record. The car is a prime example of a rare specification M635i, with just 15,300 miles on the clock, a well documented history and just two previous owners.
There was clearly an appetite for 6 Series BMWs at the auction: a white 1985 BMW 635 CSI automatic with 46,800 miles on the clock sold for £31,900 – more than double its lower estimate. An earlier 1980 model, again in rare manual form, represented good value at £8250, while a project 635CSi made £1540.
CCA were also selling a section of Healeys, including one of the last to roll off the production line in December 1967. The fully restored 3000 mkIII sold for £96,800, including premium, which is £20,000 more than its lower estimate.
And of course, there were the barn finds…
Fitting, due to the Restoration Show venue, these included a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL, which had spent the last 20 years in hibernation. The sleek machine was – like the 1980s BMWs – also the subject of an intense bidding war, with 24 phone bidders as well dozens of people in the room. It eventually made £73,700, more than three times its lower estimate.
CCA auction manager, Guy-Lees Milne said: ‘What a great sale! Pulling together a selection of nearly 200 cars for our biggest sale was no mean feat and I’m delighted that we’ve achieved such good prices for our vendors and that buyers are going away extremely happy with their new cars. We had a fantastic weekend at the show and it’s been great to meet so many new classic car enthusiasts and customers who we hope to see again very soon.’