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Timewarp Austin Metro makes £7700 at CarFest South auction

Published 01 September 2015

A ‘timewarp’ 1983 Austin Metro Vanden Plas 500 sold for £7700 at this weekend’s CarFest South classic car auction.

The car, which went under the hammer at the Classic Car Auction’s sale over the August Bank Holiday, had covered just 741 miles and had just one registered owner since new.

While 1965 Morris Mini Moke, which starred in cult TV series The Prisoner, sold for £13,750 including premium at the CCA weekend event, held at Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire

More than 70 per cent of the cars on offer were sold for a total sales value of more than £900,000 with £25,000 going directly to BBC Children in Need.

1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster

The highest price of the auction was achieved by a 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster (above), which made £58,300.

Another classic Jaguar, a low mileage 1988 XJS V12 Convertible, was offered without reserve and sold for more than £17,000.

Starting off the Sunday sale with a bang, there was frenzied bidding on the Martin Brundle designed Ultimate F1 Scalextric track, the biggest track Scalextric had ever created.

Donated into the auction by Hornby, the track was eventually sold for £11,220, with 100 per cent of the proceeds of the sale going to BBC Children in Need.

Campervans always prove popular at CarFest, and a 1967 Volkswagen split screen campervan that was previously owned by legendary Blues musician and CarFest regular Seasick Steve eventually sold for £30,800.

1972 BMW CSA

Another celebrity-owned car proved popular. The highly collectable 1972 BMW 3.0 CSA (above), once owned by the actor Michael York and Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes, sold for £30,250, more than £10,000 over its lower estimate.

But that wasn’t the only classic BMW that caught the eye of bidders. A highly original 1989 BMW Z1, one of the earliest built, sold for £23,320.

Speaking after the sale, CCA general manager, Guy Lees-Milne said, ‘It’s been a fantastic weekend here at CarFest and our biggest and most successful auction ever.

We’d like to thank all those that attended and help us raise an amazing sum for charity. We hope that all those successful bidders thoroughly enjoy their new cars.’

Entries are now being invited into CCA’s next sale, which takes place at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre just outside Leamington Spa on 31 October.

To view the full results from CCA’s CarFest auction, visit the CCA website. For analysis of the sale, including market trends and to see how values of specific cars compare to previous auction, visit


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