‘Everyman’ classics sale posts 80 percent sell-through in UK

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1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider Duetto sells for $60,183 | CCA photos

Britain’s Classic Car Auctions’ December Sale was run under an “everyman” classic theme, with 117 cars selling for more than £1.6 million (nearly $2.36 million), or an average of around $20,000 per vehicle.

“Hundreds of classic car enthusiasts filled the auction hall at the Warwickshire Event Centre to enjoy the Christmas themed auction, where traditional classics performed particularly well and seasonal generosity also raised £6,600 (nearly $8,400) for charity,” CCA said in its post-sale news release.

“The December Sale was a great hit with our customers and great fun for us too,” said Gary Dunne, CCA sales manager. “2018 has been an excellent year for CCA with strong results and consistent demand at all of our sales. This gives us a hugely optimistic outlook on the classic car market for 2019.”

CCA posted a 75 percent sell-through for its 2018 auction, the company noted.

the scene in the bidding room

Among the top sales at the December Sale were:

•  A restored right-hand-drive 1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider that sold for £47,300 ($60,183), nearly double its pre-sale estimate.

• A 1972 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 which sold for £33,880 ($43,005).

•  An Iris Blue 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera cabriolet with manual transmission which sold for £35,420 ($45,066).

•  A 1970 Morris Minor 1000 99B with manual gearbox and only 3,020 miles driven since new sold for nearly $8,400 to benefit the Safe Families for Children charity of Wales.  

1970 Morris Minor brings $8,400 for charity

“There was a fantastic atmosphere in the hall with mince pies, hot chocolate and mulled wine aplenty, as well as the brilliant humor and wit of our popular resident auctioneer, Jonathan Humbert,” Dunne noted. 

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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