Classic Auction Review: August 30
Review: Morris Leslie, Errol Airfield, Perth, Scotland , August 30 (from Classic Car Buyer)
Morris Leslie held its third auction of the year on Saturday, August 30th. Going by the jam packed auction hall, which was crowded for most of the day, this sale might well turn out to to be the best one so far, writes CCB contributor Michael Young.
I can safely say that there was a mechanical vehicle of some sort for every taste. From a tractor to a ERF Lorry via a £500 Rover project or a £20,000 Ford Escort Cosworth, if you attended this auction and said there was nothing for you then either you don't have a pulse r you should maybe consider taking up stamp collecting.
Two opposite extremes caught my eye: The 1995 Rover 214i, which from new had done 1321 miles and got its first ever MOT in May this year was a time warp. Too sedate for you? How about a genuine MKI Subaru Impreza GL AWD from 1997? This car was quite literally factory fresh, still having the factory wax in its engine bay. The original owner bought the car, drove 798 miles (yes, you read that correctly!) broke his hip, then parked the car in his garage and there it stayed until it received its first MOT in June this year.
The Rover made £2950 and the Subaru £5300. As always there was the barn or out of house find cars like the Rover 2000TC, which provisionally sold for £470 via a Minor for spares missing its ID for £570 to the £3694 for a 1969 saloon.
Fast Fords always sell if they are unmolested and the £22,600 paid for the 1993 Escort RS Cosworth was not really a surprise given its condition. However, its sisters lower down in the Ford range are on the up as the £2804 paid for a 1989 Fiesta Festival shows. Smaller engined Fiestas seem to be on the up going by the last two or three auctions.
As always Jaguars aplenty went past the rostrum and made excellent money, but the 1965 Sunbeam Tiger that sold for £36,000 shows that other marques are snapping at the heels of Browns Lane products for recognition. In the space available I cannot really do the sale justice, but how and where the team at Leslie find the cars for sale and persuade the owners to sell, I do not know. However, the classic car market and auction market both seem to be very much alive and well, and show no sign of slowing down going by the prices paid both in the hall and online for the cars, tractor commercials and farm machinery.
The next Morris Leslie classic car auction takes place on Saturday, November 8. CCB"