A rare, original, early Ford Cortina Lotus Mk I was the star of Dorset Vintage and Classic Auctions’ first sale of 2012
A rare, original, early Ford Cortina Lotus Mk I was the star of Dorset Vintage and Classic Auctions’ first sale of 2012, which was held on Thursday 22nd March. The restored 1963 iconic motor car was offered with a full history from new, and sold to a customer in the marquee for an exceptional world record price of £46,750, prompting a round of applause from fellow bidders.
A beautiful spring day drew hundreds of customers to the auction at the Gartell Light Railway in Yenston, South Somerset; with the ample car park full by 11am, the sale proved to be one of DVCA’s busiest ever.
Virtually all of the two hundred lots of automobilia and memorabilia were snapped up by collectors; an aerial photograph of the Silverstone circuit made £290 and a collection of enamel signs changed hands for considerable sums of money.
Other notable results included an immaculate 1958 MG Magnette ZB Varitone which made £9680, a 1938 AJS 38/18 500cc recommissioning project which sold for £5610 to a gentleman in Holland and a 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Sport, which was purchased by a London dealer for £12760. A bevy of Morris Minors all found new homes, including a pretty 1971 Minor 1000 Traveller that sold well for £6600 and a smart 1970 Connaught Green Van that made £6160.
Enthusiasts of restoration projects were well catered for with a Morgan 4/4 Series 1 DHC, which made £6500, a 1964 MG Midget Mk II, which sold for £3190, and a 1976 cult-classic Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 Pick-Up Truck, which made a surprising £5940. Two Land Rovers requiring much attention both found new homes; the 1954 Series 1 sold to a customer in America for £1540 and the 1980 Series 3 made £900.
Finally, a fine selection of 1960s retro classics proved to be as popular as ever: a 1960 Mk II 3.8 Jaguar made £13475, a 1963 Mk II 3.4 Jaguar was purchased for £11275 and a 1963 Ford Anglia Deluxe Saloon made a strong £5390.