Classic cars continue to perform strongly as 85% of entries are successfully sold online

The online bidding platform was running like clockwork yet again on 5th November as almost 100 classic cars and motorcycles came under the virtual hammer at Brightwells. As usual there was plenty of overseas interest in the lots on offer with bidders from all corners of the globe including Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Holland, New Zealand and Canada. By the time the dust had settled, 85% of entries had successfully changed hands for a total of £740,000.

Top price of the day went to a rare 1998 Land Rover Defender 90 V8 County, one of only 1,071 made to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this iconic off-roader. Packed with extras and one of only 50 supplied to the Japanese market, it wore its 47k miles very lightly and the £42,560 sale price may well look good value in times to come, this being a model that has developed a fanatical following in recent years.


Not far behind was an immaculate 2002 Morgan Plus 8 with only 8,000 miles on the clock which comfortably exceeded its £25k bottom estimate to finish on £36,075. Sticking with the more modern classics, an impressively clean and tidy 2000 Mercedes CL600 V12 Coupe with only 34,500 miles exceeded its estimate to finish on £16,130, a very good result provided you weren’t person who shelled out £104,000 to buy it new 10 years ago! A smart 2005 Maserati GranSport Coupe with 76k miles made £15,120 while a lower mileage but less well spec’d and less powerful standard Maserati 4200 Coupe from 2002 made £11,760. A 2002 Porsche 996 Targa Tiptronic also did well at £17,360.

Among the pre-war cars, a rare and beautifully restored 1933 Rover 14 Speed Pilot Hastings Coupe with interesting period competition history fully deserved the £24,100 required to secure it. A tidy but somewhat un-original looking 1939 SS Jaguar 1.5 Saloon went for £18,760, a nicely sorted and upgraded 1929 Ford Model A Phaeton with the desirable 24hp engine made £14,780 while a delightful 1927 Austin 7 Chummy looked like an excellent buy at £12,940.

Attracting much pre-sale interest was a rare two-door 1954 Lagonda 3.0 Saloon, one of only around 70 made and perhaps a dozen surviving. In need of full restoration following many years in storage and attractively estimated at £12k - £15k, it sparked a fierce bidding war before finally going to an Italian collector for £25,200. Equally rare and interesting was a 1958 Goliath 1100 Express 21-window Luxus-Bus which had been recently imported from New Mexico. Needing full restoration but appearing reasonably sound, this obscure and quirky machine fell to a German bidder for £10,650 which seems peanuts compared to the stratospheric prices now being reached by outwardly similar 21-window VW Sambas.

Also attracting lots of interest was a 1972 Mercedes 300SEL 6.3, the fastest and most expensive saloon car of its era. Fiendishly complex and costly to restore, this one seemed only in need of recommissioning but was still something of a brave buy at £26,320. A far more basic but equally sought-after sporting saloon is the Ford Lotus Cortina MkI and the 1964 example on offer made £33,600 which is at least £10k less than the best examples fetch but is about right for a re-shelled example with an active racing history. Looking good value by comparison was an imposing 1959 Jaguar MkIX Saloon which offered all the grace, pace and space the model was famed for. An ex-California LHD example that was somewhat scruffy inside and in need of some general fettling, it was nonetheless impressively sound and the £11,200 paid by the winning French bidder left plenty of scope to get it sorted.

Other results of note included a 1994 Lotus Esprit Turbo S4 which made £15,900; a one-owner 1983 BMW 323i E30 with just 64k miles which comfortably beat its estimate to finish on £10,150; a 1980 MG Midget 1500 which doubled its estimate at £9,185 thanks to the low recorded mileage of just 19,750 and a 1973 Bedford TK removal lorry with just one owner and 37,000 miles from new which made £9,070. An extremely rare 1967 Heron Europa, one of only 12 made and in need of cosmetic restoration, also looked like an interesting buy at £8,175 and is now on its way to a new home in The Netherlands.

All but one of the 26 motorcycles on offer were successfully sold, top price going to a 2002 Harley Davidson Custom Chopper with eye-popping styling and a meaty 1,800cc engine which fetched £22,400. A very smart 1962 BSA DBD34 Goldstar made £17,360, a similar 1961 model made £12,770 while a 1962 BSA Rocket Goldstar made £15,960. A trio of Ariel 500 trials machines from the late 1940s/early 1950s made £8,400, £8,500 and £10,100.

Altogether a most successful sale all round that gave further proof of just how robust the classic vehicle market remains in these otherwise uncertain times.

Brightwells next online sale will run from the 5th to the 10th December with a closing date for entries of 27th November so if you are thinking of selling, please get in touch right away by calling 01568 611122 or emailing