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Alfa Montreal is top lot at resto show sale

Published 09 April 2018

Classic Car Auctions held its biggest sale of the year at the NEC restoration show in March. In total, 130 out of 161 cars were sold – that’s £2.1m worth of metal at the two-day NEC sale on 25-25 March.

Top price went to a restored 1972 Alfa Montreal that sold for £59,400. It was followed by another Montreal project car from the same year, which sold for £28,600 to an internet bid from New Zealand.

Meanwhile, a 1948 Jaguar 3.5-litre Mk IV Drophead Coupé sold for £40,700 - more than twice its upper estimate.

Other strong sellers included a 1964 Morris Mini Cooper 970 ‘S’ (£40,700), a 1975 Vauxhall Firenza 2.3 ‘Droopsnoot’ (£18,150), and a 1975 Jensen Interceptor SIII 7.2-litre (£56,100).

Fords were as in demand as ever with a 1987 Ford Capri 280 ‘Brooklands’ Turbo Technics fetching £26,400. Other modern classics going under the hammer included a 1973 Datsun 240Z (£24,750) and a 1990 Porsche 911 (964) Carrera Targa 4 (£36,850).

1995 BMW E38 750iL

Celebrity cars also sold well. A 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL once owned by music legend Sir Barry Gibb sold for £17,600, while a 1995 BMW E38 750iL previously owned by rocker Francis Rossi OBE fetched £7150 and a 1985 Bentley Turbo R, once the property of global superstar Sir Elton John CBE, sold for £10,120.

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