Fads of the auction in Birmingham

Trades for the sale of rare cars – an event full of surprises. Some lots do not meet the expectations of experts, and some – they significantly exceed them

The most illustrative example is the auction of the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, held in early April in British Birmingham. We selected six examples when the cars went under the hammer absolutely at different prices than experts estimated.

Citroen 2CV Sahara

A battered Citroen 2CV Sahara for sale in the UK is a car that is interesting not only because it has two engines. The fact is that this machine at one time twice independently crossed the Sahara desert, having reached its turn from Nigeria to the UK and back.

The history of the amazing “duckling” can be read here , but it turned out that the machine is able to surprise even today. Whether the buyers were impressed by the history of this Citroen 2CV Sahara, or whether the car attracted customers with an unusual design, but the fact remains: at an auction in Birmingham, the twin-engine Citroen went under the hammer for 68,200 pounds (84554 dollars).

BMW M635 CSi, 1985 year of manufacture

An unusual coupe from the mid-1980s was the result of the works of the sports division of BMW Motorsport. Externally, the car almost does not differ from the usual BMW 6-series of that time, but under the hood there is hidden a 3.5-liter 286-horsepower engine from the supercar BMW M1.

In total, since 1983, only 4000 of these cars have been produced. However, the car that was on sale in Birmingham was different from most like a low-mileage – only 15,300 miles or 24,622 km. It’s no wonder that during the bidding for the coupe a serious struggle unfolded. As a result, instead of the expected 50,000 pounds, the car left at a price two times more expensive – 100100 pounds 124,103 dollars).

Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5 2 + 2

Let’s say this Jaguar (or rather, what’s left of it) does not look too presentable. However, this model, equipped with a 4.2-liter 265-horsepower engine, is an important part of automotive history. In addition, the machine is the so-called transition from Series 1 to Series 2, and the specimen itself was found in an old barn in the US. In general, an excellent option for those who consider buying a similar car as an investment.

This is exactly what the organizers of the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show thought and lost. The Jaguar E-Type went under the hammer for 13,750 pounds ($ 17,047) instead of the expected 16,000 – 20,000 pounds. It’s not that the car was given for nothing at all, but still some of the money the organizers of the auction clearly missed.

Mercedes-Benz 190SL, 1960 year of manufacture

Daring Roadster Mercedes-Benz 190SL, released in the middle of the twentieth century – a car that can not help attracting attention. Especially when it is a “garage” find, which has survived to our days in perfect condition. Add to this 56,000 miles (90123 km) mileage on the odometer, and consider that the lot sold in your pocket.

This is exactly what happened at the auction in Birmingham. And for the old 190SL struggled immediately 24 people. As a result, the car, which was estimated at 20,000 – 25,000 pounds, was sold for 73700 pounds ($ 91370) – almost three times the estimated value.

Austin-Healey 3000 MK II, 1967 issue

Another lot sold much more expensive than it was announced during the preliminary assessment – the British sports car Austin-Healey 3000. If initially it was expected that the car will be sold for 75,000 pounds, then the car “left” for 96800 pounds sterling (112012 dollars).

And the secret of this price increase is quite simple. The fact is that the car sold in Birmingham is the last Austin-Healey 3000, released before the plant in Abingdon stopped production. Therefore, the roadster is especially appreciated by collectors.

Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Fixedhead Coupe

Finally, another surprise of the auction in Birmingham was another Jaguar E-Type. Of course, the condition of this car is far from ideal, but still it is of some value. First, this is one of the first copies of the model with a closed body. Secondly, the car has a chassis number 282, which indicates the early release of the car. Thirdly, for 55 years of its existence this Jaguar E-Type had only two owners. And the last 20 years the car has stood in the garage.

The organizers of the Tradical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show have estimated this car at 38,000 – 44,000 pounds sterling (47112 – 54550 dollars). But to the surprise of many present car … and was not sold! Wishing to pay such a sum for this machine simply was not. However, if you think that visitors to the auction in Birmingham have clearly lost their way, and remember that the restored Jaguar E-Type costs around 350 000 dollars, you still have a chance. Only 36,000 pounds (44,632 dollars) – and the car will be yours. At least, the current owner of “Jaguar” is ready to lower the price to this mark.