► Anglia Car Auctions enjoys its first online-only sale during lockdown
► Around 200 cars end up selling in a two-day weekend auction
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Hottled-up demand for classics came to the fore at this two-day auction. While there have been several online-only classic car auctions recently, market-watchers were eagerly anticipating what Anglia Car Auctions would do. Richy Barnett reports.
While ACA shifted more than 300 classics in a single-day in the past, it decided for its online-only auction debut to spread 200 cars across a weekend, with regular auctioneer Jim Ronan on the rostrum. He said: ‘At first it felt a little strange but I soon got into it and it was a hugely successful sale.
‘However, I did miss the auction hall banter and chat with the crowd, which makes a physical auction such an enjoyable experience.’
Anglia Car Auctions: the sale highlights
1986 Opel Manta GT/E, sold for £15,660
Move over Capris, because it’s not just ‘fast’ Fords that command not only strong interest and consequently strong money. Estimated at £6500-8500, ACA’s four-owner Opel Manta Coupe had been put in storage in the late 1990s and had only recently since the light of day. In very good order and having no modifications (other than to the exhaust system rear section) it deserved to do well – and it did.
1973 MGB GT, sold for £15,228
Not just any early-1970s MGB GT, but a 13,000-miles-from-new example that had been in one family’s (mother and daughter) ownership. Stored since 2007, it had covered 200 miles since and came with plenty of paperwork. The white bodywork (with white Webasto sunroof) was very good as was the blue interior. Even at three grand over top estimate it was a great opportunity.
1990 Mercedes-Benz 300D, sold for £1890
One of the sale’s earlier offerings and temptingly offered without reserve this Mercedes-Benz W124 was an affordable, practical way into both ‘Benz and modern classic ownership. Four owners from new might have put off the more fastidious but the vendor had owned it since 2003. New (genuine) Mercedes-Benz front wings had been fitted six years ago and it remained in presentable order. MoT-tested until February, the buyer couldn’t go wrong.
1969 Morris 1800S, sold for £9275
BMC’s ‘Landcrab’ has, on occasions seen strong money being paid and this example was no exception. Given a full resto that employed many new old-stock parts, it was a top-flight offering and put paid to the cynics who thought that the £6500-9000 estimate was ambitious.