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BMW M635 CSI goes for record £100,100 at auction

Published 04 April 2017

A 1985 BMW M635 CSI manual sold for £100,100 at auction over the weekend- a new UK auction record for the model. The car went under the hammer at Classic Car Auctions’ (CCA) debut sale at NEC Restoration Show.

The highly original, manual gearbox car had covered only 15,300 miles in the hands of just two owners and was subject to a long bidding war between buyers in the room and over the phone.

Another 80s BMW, a 1985 BMW 635 (E24) CSI Coupe, reportedly one of the best experts at the auction house have ever seen, was also a hit with buyers, selling for £31,900 – more than double its lower estimate.

Nearly, 200 cars were on offer over the three-day sale. In total, 75 per cent of the cars on offer were successfully hammered away for a total sales value of £2.4million. This made it CCA’s highest ever sales total.

1967 AUSTIN HEALEY 3000 MK III

This 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 sold for £96,800.

Buyers looking for a more traditional classic had the opportunity to take home one of the last big Healeys, which rolled off the production line in December 1967. The fully restored Austin-Healey 3000 Mk3 sold for £96,800, including buyer’s premium - more than £20,000 over its lower estimate.

It wouldn’t be Restoration Show without some barn finds for sale - and CCA had a varied selection on offer. A 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL, which had spent the past 20 years in hibernation, was the focus of an intense bidding war, with 24 phone bidders as well as those in the room and online competing for the car. It eventually sold for £73,700 - more than three times its lower estimate.

Those after something a little more unusual were tempted by the rare and restored 1965 Citroen 2CV Sahara. This particular example had actually crossed the Sahara desert from Nigeria before coming to the UK. The car sold for £68,200.

Elsewhere, there were a few signs that demand for Fast Fords was cooling. A 1989 Ford Escort RS Turbo Series 2 with just 28k on the clock best its lower estimate by £350, selling for £20,350. And a 1988 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth went for £120 over its lower estimate to go for £10,120.

1973 Porsche 911 2.4E Targa (1)

1973 Porsche 911 2.4E Targa made £95,150.

Porsche fans were well catered for. A UK, right-hand drive, 1973 Porsche 911 2.4E Targa sold for £95,150 - more than £45,000 over its lower estimate. A 1996 Porsche 911 (993) Targa Tiptronic S sold for £37,400 - more than £12,000 over its lower estimate.

To view the full list of results from CCA’s sale at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show visit classiccarauctions.co.uk.

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