There are times when a certain specialist item just cannot be accurately valued by even the most respected professional and really the only answer is to carefully research and describe it, then apply years of experience in marketing the article in an appropriate manner to achieve the maximum  competitive bidding on the day of Sale.

So it was that DVCA’s  Auction on 1st March began strongly with some 199 lots of automobilia being  very well received with enamel signs running far beyond their estimated prices in most cases.   A collection of mint, boxed model tractors made way over expectations and a similar lot of buses and coaches doubled their top estimates.

After a brief break the Motor Vehicles opened with a rare but aesthetically challenged three wheeled 1963 Scootacar, albeit the Mk III version with the larger  Villiers 324cc engine and twin tailpipes, which had been tentatively estimated at £3-4,000. With telephone bids coming in fast and the Easy Live on line Auction system in overdrive, a final all- in price of £10,340 was achieved much to the amazement of all concerned.

From the same collection a brace of pre-war Wolseley Hornets and a Long tailed Singer Le Mans 4 seater, all in need of reviving after 50 years in storage, each achieved in excess of £10,000 and some 10% over estimates. The Eustace Watkins bodied car is off to a new home in France.

Other entries which were successfully sold include a mighty  2007 Dax Tojeiro Cobra 427 at £28,600 , a 1979 low mileage Daimler Sovereign with manual gearbox was strongly contested to £9,350 , a fully restored series one 1956 Land Rover ex Cornwall Civil Defence, made £26,400 and a 1949 civilian Willys Jeep in bright orange,  £10,450. The handsome 1948  Riley RMA deserved the £5280 paid and that 2006 Jaguar XJR 4.2 V8 supercharged was a delight at £12,650 and may well be an investment if we are to believe that Jaguar plans to phase out their sporting models.

For the restoration lovers, a barn fresh 1970 Austin Minivan sold at £4,180, the part finished 1933 Riley Lynx Tourer at £12,650 should encourage an equally high quality completion. A sharp-eyed purchaser spotted the non – catalogued 1966 Humber Sceptre, which needed some TLC but should prove worth the £2,995 outlayed.

Further thought is invited in the said Private Treaty Sales department for the1968 Daimler V8 with very rare manual gearbox, the Austin A40 Sports, a totally immaculately restored Triumph TR2. The smart 1947 Triumph 1800 Roadster has unsurprisingly been reserved already under our Private Treaty Sales scheme, as has the Lotus Seven styled 2017 Tiger Cat E1.

DVCA’s next sale is in June, please contact us if you are thinking of including your classic vehicle in the auction.