CLASSIC Car Auctions (CCA) closed the curtains on a record-breaking year at its December sale for a premium-inclusive total of £1.8 million.
It was two 1980s Porsches that were the top sellers on the day. A 1989 911 Carrera Supersport (SSE) sold for £71,500, more than £11,000 over its lower estimate; meanwhile a 1985 911 3.2 SSE Targa followed closely, selling for £68,750. They were two of nine Porsches successfully hammered away in the sale.
Demand for ‘Fast Fords’ has been one of the big stories of 2017, a theme which continued through the sale with 10 cars finding new homes. A concours condition 1987 Sierra RS Cosworth sold for nearly £6,000 over its lower estimate, fetching £37,950. However, a number of other potentially canny investments were also snapped up, including a 1988 XR3i Cabriolet which sold for £12,650, a 1986 Escort RS Turbo Series I which fetched £10,120 and a 1983 Escort RS1600i which sold for £9,900.
Another 1980s icon attracted the longest bidding war of the day. A lovely concours-winning 1987 Volkswagen Golf GTi convertible, formerly owned by actor Sir David Jason, sold for £17,820, almost £7,000 over its lower estimate.
Another 1980s car which enjoyed a great deal of pre-sale interest, a 1984 Opel Manta 400, sold for just over its upper estimate, at £50,600.
German metal from BMW and Mercedes-Benz also proved extremely popular with buyers. A 2007 E61 M5 Touring was the most expensive of 14 BMWs which sold, going for £22,800. Meanwhile a superbly presented 2005 SLK55 AMG was the highest selling Mercedes-Benz, fetching £15,400.
Home-grown classics from the 1960s also attracted strong bidding. A 1969 E-Type Series II 2+2 was the highest-priced Jaguar, fetching £38,500, while a real slice of ‘The Italian Job’, a 1965 Mini Cooper S, which has appeared twice on Chris Evans’ Famous Five trips for Children In Need, sold for £38,500.