Eclectic classic cars for post-lockdown fun
The next Anglia Car Auctions classic sale will take place in June. With this in mind, we’ve selected our favourite lots
Anglia Car Auctions Classic Sale – June 2020© ACA
In these troubling times, it’s important to have something to look forward to. Mid-June might seem like a way off, but there’s hope life will be starting to return to normal by then. Saturday 13 June is the date of the next Anglia Car Auctions classic sale, with the organisers saying the auction will be held ‘in one format or another’. Details of the lots are starting to come through, so here are some of my personal favourites.
Audi 80 Cabriolet© ACA
Audi launched the cabriolet version of its steadfast but abstemious 80 saloon in 1991 and it helped transform the image of the company. It had a little help from Princess Diana, who was often photographed behind the wheel of an 80 Cabriolet in posh parts of London. Audi reported that sales virtually doubled as a result. This 1994 2.6E is both timeless and classless, finished in a very 90s shade of Aqua Marine. It has a pre-auction estimate of £2,000 to £2,500.
BMW Z3© ACA
For similar reasons, this Fiji Green BMW Z3 stands out from the other cars in the Anglia Car Auctions sale. It’s a BMW Individual model, with the original owner splashing out on the eye-catching paint job, heated red leather seats and 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels. Maybe it’s me, but I think the Z3 is ageing very well. It’s certainly a lot of car for £2,500 to £3,500.
Fiat Seicento Michael Schumacher© ACA
Having been in storage for seven years, this Michael Schumacher edition has covered around 42,000 miles, so the pre-auction estimate of £900 to £1,200 looks reasonable. It’s essentially a Seicento Sporting with a chrome gear lever surround, a numbered plaque and Schumacher decals. Cool thing.
Ford Mondeo© ACA
You’ve heard the overused cliche ‘timewarp’ used to describe an older car, but it’s the first word that springs to mind when seeing this 2000 Ford Mondeo for the first time. This turn-of-the-millennium motor has covered just 5,124 miles, so you can experience what it was like to be ‘Mondeo Man’ in the year 2000. Best of all: there’s no fixing tape on the front and rear bumpers.
Maserati Quattroporte© ACA
The best thing about window shopping is that it’s free. As I’m in lockdown, I’m all out of brave pills, so I won’t be dropping £11,000 to £14,000 on this 2006 Maserati Quattroporte GTS. Find a better looking four-door saloon with such a glorious cabin and a Ferrari V8 engine under the bonnet.
Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3© ACA
I salute the person in Ireland who used this as their daily driver. The 300 SEL 6.3 is in my top 10 Mercedes-Benz models of all time, as I love its blend of brutish elegance and V8 power. This was one of the world’s first ‘Q cars’, with a 0-60mph time of 6.3 seconds earning it the title of the fastest production saloon on the planet. All this for £19,000 to £25,000. Still want that A-Class?
MGB GT© ACA
I’ll let you into a little secret: I actually prefer the look of the rubber bumper MGBs to the older models. What’s interesting about this 1980 example is that it was the last MGB GT sent from the factory to a British Leyland dealer. It was delivered on 1 August 1980, with the chairman of the dealership group retaining it for his own personal use. It has been owned by Ware Garages Ltd ever since.
Nissan Cube© ACA
The Nissan Cube is arguably too new to wear the ‘classic’ tag, but this is a fine example. It was imported from Japan in 2007 and looks in great shape. The second-generation Cube made its debut in 2002, and although it was never officially sold in the UK, a number of grey imports arrived on these shores. This one has a pre-auction estimate of £1,750 to £2,250.
Porsche 914© ACA
As pointed out by Richard Gooding – author of a very good book on the Porsche 914 – this car was born of a Volkswagen/Porsche joint project to serve the needs of both companies. The 914 was built by Karmann and fitted with a range of Volkswagen and Porsche engines. More than 80 percent of the production ended up in America, which is where this one was imported from in 2018. I have strange tastes, which is why I find this more appealing than the 911s and 924s on sale in the same auction. It’s likely to sell for less than £10,000. Bargain.
Renault 17 TS© ACA
I have a thing for old Renaults. Actually, I have a thing for anything French. Which is why this 1973 Renault 17 TS appeals. The 15 and 17 were Renault’s answer to the Ford Capri, with the 17 aimed at a younger audience. TS stood for Tourisme Sportif – or sport tourer – which made it the choice of the enthusiastic driver. This example has been off the road for a decade, but what a fantastic project.
Renault 18© ACA
This is a more realistic project. Indeed, the Renault 18 has a valid MOT and is therefore ready to go. Although there’s no description on the website, the previous owner has been in touch via PetrolBlog’s Facebook account. He says it will require a bit of work, but the mileage of 35,000 is genuine. He also says it’s “mechanically superb” and was garaged for the 16 years he owned it.
Saab 99© ACA
There are so many reasons to love this Saab 99. Where do I start? It’s beige. The interior is swathed in velour. There are wipers on the headlights. It has covered 30,000 miles since new. Did I mention that it’s beige?
Seat Marbella© ACA
Initially badged as a Seat Panda, the car was renamed Marbella when the Seat and Fiat partnership ended. There aren’t many of these left in the UK, with the Splash special edition likely to be close to extinction. Of all the cars on offer at the Anglia Car Auctions sale, this Marbella is the most ‘Radwood’.
Seat Terra© ACA
You know how it is: you wait an age for a classic Seat to come along, then two appear in the same auction. The Terra is based on the Marbella, which in turn is based on the Fiat Panda, so a campervan conversion isn’t going to be the most spacious of things. But if it’s just you and your significant other, this ex-Danbury show car could be perfect for some wild adventures.
Trabant 601S© ACA
I’ve always fancied owning a Trabant – I even got as far as test driving one back in the 90s. The fact that I didn’t buy it probably speaks volumes, but I do quite fancy this ‘shooting brake’ version. It’s a 1989 model, so it was built at the end of production, around the time of German reunification. Yes, I fancy it, but I’m not sure I’d relish the drive back from Norfolk.
Vauxhall Astra© ACA
The Mk1 Astra was the first Vauxhall to look almost identical to its Opel sibling, the Kadett. It was also the first front-wheel-drive car to be built by General Motors Europe, with early cars produced in Germany. UK production started in 1981 – two years before this 1.3S rolled out of the factory. Brown and beige is a winning combination.
Vauxhall Carlton© ACA
The Carlton Diplomat was a tax-efficient alternative to the flagship Vauxhall Senator, offering a level of equipment fit for a… diplomat. There’s much to like about this 1993 example, although I’d prefer the 2.6-litre engine. Still, when enjoying the rich feel of velour, who cares about the size of the engine?
Volvo 343 DL© ACA
I’ll finish with this delightfully retro Volvo 343 DL from 1980. It screams safety, right down to the reflective stripes on the front and rear bumpers. Remember, the Anglia Car Auctions sale will take place, one way or another, on Saturday 13 June 2020. Visit the ACA website for the full auction catalogue.