Brightwells has started up a new regular auction, dedicated to the sale of more modern classic vehicles
Well-established UK auction house, Brightwells, has recently announced that it would be offering a new separate auction to cater for the increasing numbers of modern but also interesting and significant cars passing through its doors. The first of these ‘modern classic’ auctions is set to take place on 23 June at the company’s Leominster headquarters.
For its first sale more than 230 cars will be offered, and while there are no strict rules on age, the majority of cars seem to belong to the 1980s or 1990s, with a number of post-2000 entries too.
Here are a few highlights from the auction:
TVR Chimaera – £9500-£11,500
It’s often argued that the Chimaera is at its very best in fairly basic and lower powered form, and this 4.0-litre example is a prime example of why you don’t always need the bigger engined cars. With 240bhp it’s hardly lacking, and this Starmist Green example was actually owned by TVR Engineering for the first ten years of its life.
Renault 19 16v – £1000-£2000
When was the last time yousaw one of these? While the Clio Williams and 16v might get all of the attention today, the Renault 19 16v shared much of the smaller hatch’s attributes making it a genuinely fun hot hatch. This example has been stripped out and turned into a road-legal track car, complete with roll cage, bucket seats and four point harnesses.
Vauxhall Monaro – £7000-£9000
GM was very clever with Monaro, basically sticking a Vauxhall badge on the Australian-built Holden coupe – Complete with Chevrolet LS3 5.7-litre engine. When it was new it offered old school muscle car charm for low-spec BMW 3 Series money. Today, values are actually still quite strong, due to the relatively low numbers and huge amount of 330bhp fun they provide.
Porsche 928 S – No reserve
This is one barnfind that could be worth taking a chance on! This non-running 928S has been in storage for more than ten years, and will need substantial recommissioning work to get it up and running again. With prices on the up though, it could end up being a bit of a bargain for the right price.
Maserati 4200GT – £10,000-£12,000
This rather eye-catching Giallo Fly Maserati 4200GT Cambiocorsa was ordered with a bespoke specification in 2003, including Skyhook suspension, F1 transmission, suede headlining, premium sound system and heated electric memory sports seats.