Classic Car Auctions (CCA) will hold its biggest ever one-day sale this weekend, as 172 cars go under the hammer. The auction takes place at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, and we’ve selected 10 modern classics from the 80s and 90s to whet your appetite. Doors open on Saturday 23 September at 9am, with viewing available until 11am.
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Audi Quattro: £35,000 – £40,000
In any classic car auction you’ll find a car that sails through its pre-auction estimate, before selling for an eye-watering price. Given the values of performance classics, this Audi Quattro could be the car that does just that. It has a mere 32,233 miles on the clock and two previous owners, making it highly desirable. Tornado Red is the best colour (discuss).
Ford Capri 280 Turbo Technics: £30,000 – £35,000
“Possibly the best Capri 280 Brooklands available,” says CCA. If that’s the case, the pre-auction looks wildly pessimistic, as a Capri 280 sold for £54,000 in March 2016. Admittedly, the £54k Capri had a mere 936 miles on the clock, but the market for fast Fords continues to grow, with the last-of-the-line Capri in strong demand.This fully-restored example has a Turbo Technics conversion and just 38,000 miles on the clock.
Ferrari Mondial QV: £24,000 – £28,000
It’s fair to say that the Ferrari Mondial wasn’t well received at its launch in 1980, with many criticising its lacklustre performance and so-so styling. The Quattrovalvole model arrived in 1982, introducing a new four valves per cylinder engine, with output increased to 240hp. The fact that this seemingly excellent QV is available for less than the price of a four-door Sierra tells you all you need to know about the current market.
Jaguar XJS: £18,000 – £22,000
The Jaguar XJS made way for the XK8 in 1996, making this one of the very last off the line. The XJ-S – to use its original name – was given the unenviable task of following the E-Type, something it failed to achieve. But by the mid 90s, the XJS had evolved into a fine grand tourer, thanks in no small part to the 6.0-litre V12 engine.
BMW 325i: £14,000 – £18,000
If E30 M3 values are leaving you dazed and confused, here’s a reason to be cheerful. The E30 325i is a terrific driver’s car and blessed with a sublime 2.5-litre six-cylinder engine. This example has 60,000 miles on the clock and is every bit as appealing as its more illustrious sibling.
Peugeot 205 GTI: £14,000 – £18,000
The Peugeot 205 GTI is becoming the Jaguar E-Type for a new generation: there tends to be one in every classic car auction. The way things are going, it won’t be long before 205 GTI values have caught up with the E-Type. In fact, we believe the pre-auction estimate for this 30,000-mile example is rather pessimistic.
BMW 840 CI: £11,000 – £14,000
With news of the rebirth of the BMW 8 Series, we suspect there will be a renewed interest in the classic models. This may or may not have an impact on values, but it’s hard not to be tempted by this ‘Hellrot’ 840 CI.
Toyota Celica GT-Four ‘Carlos Sainz’: £10,000 – £12,000
The Carlos Sainz was a limited edition of the Toyota Celica GT-Four, with production limited to 5,000. Badged as the GT-Four RC in Japan and Group A Rallye in Australia, this homologation special featured a host of cosmetic enhancements, a water-to-air intercooler and a small number of mechanical upgrades. This example was imported in 2016.
Mercedes-Benz 280 SL: £7,000 – £9,000
Wonderful in every way: is there another Mercedes-Benz that is ageing as well as the R129 SL? All this sophistication and class for £9,000.
Honda Integra Type R: £6,000 – £8,000
Look at Honda Integra Type R prices and you might be left scratching your head. Not because the values are so high, but because they’re unbelievably low. Let’s remember, this is arguably the best handling front-wheel drive car ever built. Dropping £8k on this UK-supplied car could be a wise investment.