CCA's final classic auction of 2015 sees ex-David Beckham Range Rover Sport sell for £31,350, with many other strong results
Classic Car Auctions rounded off its first year of sales in style at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, during a successful December 5 sale where sales totaled £770,000 with a sell through rate of 74 per cent.
It’s fair to say that the 2007 Range Rover Sport with personalized upgrades by Kahn design might not be to everybody’s taste, but £31,350 price paid for SUV was significantly above the car’s £25,000 top estimate. The fact that the 4.2-litre V8 SUV was previously owned by David Beckham probably had something to do with it.
Another celebrity-owned classic to go under the hammer was Game of Thrones actor, Charles Dance’s Ford Mustang roadster. This example was used regularly by the actor, and has just undergone a very comprehensive rebuild. Described as ‘out of the box’, it achieved an estimate-busting £33,550.
Prices were fairly consistent, with most generally heading towards the top estimate. One particularly clean Ferrari 348 Spider, which had covered just 21,000 miles, sold for £42,625, which seems like great value when you consider that it had recently undergone a £5200 ‘belt change’ service. A very tidy 1996 Alfa Romeo Spider, with the 2.0-litre Twin Spark engine, sold for a very strong £6490.
A few cars failed to meet reserve, such as the extremely low-mileage MX-5 Mk1. Despite a perfect 135/135 score on CCA’s condition rating system, the 19,000-mile roadster only managed a high bid of £8200, against an estimate of £10,000-£12,000. Neither of the two 8-valve Lancia Delta Integrales managed to find homes either, although the Martini-stickered example came close with a high bid of £10,000.
Proof that you can still pick up bargains at the auction came from the £935 paid for the rough and ready MGB GT, as well as the surprisingly presentable 1990 300SL that was finally sold for £2090. A similar 500SL model, in usable (but not perfect) condition, made £2420.
This year has been good for the newly formed auction house, and its strategy of appealing to the more affordable end of the market has brought a number of more modern and cult classics into the limelight.