Low Mileage Defender in Demand AND CLASSIC VOLKSWAGENS
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1999 Overfinch Defender

Low Mileage Defender in Demand


Eclectic lots are the name of the game at historic vehicle auctions: with consignments comprising a 1933 Austin Box 7, a 1937 Morris 8 and a 1948 Triumph 1800 Roadster, Morris Leslie’s sale was no exception. Land Rover’s seminal Defender was among the stars of the show; thanks to online bidding facilities and a flurry of interest within the sales hall, the Defender in question – a 1999 V8 50th Anniversary limited edition with 17,012 miles– smashed its upper estimate of £35k; the final sale price was £41,340. Sought after among collectors and off-road enthusiasts alike, the Defender legend showed no sign of slowing down at Errol Airfield.

1979 Porsche

In the same sale, a 1979 Porsche 911 met its £53k estimate, resplendent in the Guards Red paintwork which would propel the car into ’Eighties poster child stardom. To find a more recent piece of history changing hands at the auction, buyers need to look no further than the first ever Ginetta G40R to be built after the revival of the august British sports car marque. Morris Leslie’s Signal Orange example started life as the company PR car, finding a home at £16,000 – just meeting the lower end of its estimate.

Modern classics – including a pair of ’Nineties Volkswagens – attracted solid bids. Long regarded as a ‘junior GTI,’ many VW Golf Driver MkIIs were turned into track cars or hot hatch replicas back in the day; Morris Leslie’s 1990 lot hadn’t escaped the modification bay but nevertheless sold within its estimate at £2200. Wolfsburg’s other representative – in the form of a 1997 Polo Harlequin, polarised debates like no other car upon launch: a car which left the factory in a multitude of colours. A survivor from a limited run of 2500 cars, a strong £5250 was needed to take it home. Perhaps surprising was the fact that the water-cooled VWs sold, and that their air cooled brethren (a lightly modified 1974 Bay Window Camper) failed to attract enough bids. Have the air cooled cars found their price ceiling? Time will tell.

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