I always ogle the Anglia Car Auctions catalogue with interest when it pops into my email inbox as, unlike other classic car sales, they tend to have a much more open-minded approach to what they put through the block. Anything goes – and often goes for more than you’d expect. Among the more unusual lots this coming weekend are a 7,000-mile from new Lada Riva (would you, really?) and a base model K-reg Renault 19 – cars that are unlikely ever to grace the cover of Classic and Sportscar, but clearly have their own followings nonetheless.
This weekend, there are some rich pickings for fans of BMC/BL/AR-G cars in particular, especially if you’re a fan of the diminutive, as there are no less than 14 Minis in the auction including a Countryman, a Wood and Pickett special and gorgeous replica of the 1965 Monte Carlo works rally car, complete with the registration number AJB 4B (as opposed to the real deal’s AJB 44B).
Or how about a brand-new, straight out of the box, unregistered MGB GT? Metal roof and rubber bumpers mean it’s not the stereotype ‘classic’ MGB, but with just 117 miles on the clock, it’ll be fascinating to see what it goes for.
Among the usual plethora of Moggie Minors (six to choose from), MGs and Triumphs, there are quite a few more unusual cars that have also caught my eye.
Whisper it, but I’ve never been a huge fan of the Morris Marina (don’t worry, if you own one I’m not about to drop a piano on it, and I have the utmost respect for anyone who loves and cherishes any classic car – it’s simply a case of different strokes for different folks), but even I’d find it hard to resist the lovely 1972 SDL version that’s offered with no reserve. If someone on here buys it, I promise to elevate it to Car of the Month, as it looks like such a lovely, original example.
Among the older classics that I could happily take home with me, truly beautiful Austin K8 Breakdown Truck would certainly be something to cherish, while for quirkiness value alone, there can’t be many Austin A40 estates left – I could never use a car like that every day, but it has masses of charm.
In terms of everyday classics, loads to choose from – a nice Rover 220 Turbo Coupe in (my view) the best colour of Tahiti Blue, a very usable and very brown P6 2200SC and a brace of Triumph estates – one a 2000, the other a 2500PI stand out.
And those low mileage Eighties and Nineties cars are coming out of the woodwork again – this time a 12,500 mile Rover 820Si in unusual export spec, which even as a huge Rover 800 fan I can’t help but think is a little ambitiously priced with an estimate of £2,350-£2,850, and a very lovely looking H-plate Metro 1.1 with just 15,600 on the clock and all it’s own arches. The K-Series Metro turns 25 next year, and while that may seem hard to believe, the fact remains it’s a very rare car indeed these days…
The auction takes place on Saturday 1st November at the ACA site in Kings Lynn. There are plenty more BL-ARG cars to choose from and it’d take too long to highlight them all, so feel free to take a look via this link…