We are still some time away from Classic Car Auction’s September Sale, but an initial look at the lot list so far has given us some ideas…. These are our picks so far, and why.
1986 BMW E30 325I M SPORT 2dr – Estimate (£): 14,000 – 18,000
BMW E30 prices have fluctuated this summer. Late on in 2015 and into 2016 it felt like any E30 was going to smash it’s estimate at all auctions, but we’ve seen a cooling through 2017. Recent auctions have failed to shift big ticket cars, including the Alpina that appeared in Baron’s sale. However with just 60,000 miles on the clock, this 325i M Sport looks both cared for, usable and investable.
The 325i M Sport is one notch down from a mighty M3, and as those are touching £60,000 plus, a mid teens sale price looks about right.
1987 BMW E30 325I M-TECH1 CONVERTIBLE – Estimate (£): 10,000 – 12,000
As we’ve just seen, E30 sale prices have been hard to predict in 2017. With this being a ‘Tech 1’ it’ll attract a lot of attention, however the mileage is on the wrong side of 100,000 for a really big ticket sale. That being said, really good cars will always command a premium, and with an overall condition report of 107/135 we’d say low teens is where this E30 needs to be.
1992 FORD SIERRA SAPPHIRE RS COSWORTH 4X4 – Estimate (£): 25,000 – 30,000
Super low mileage of just 28,000 make this far batter than some Sapphire Cosworths currently on sale. On a good day with the right buyers in the room it won’t struggle hitting that estimate.
1997 HONDA NSX MANUAL – Estimate (£): 40,000 – 45,000
Is this value for money or what? Why pay £100,000 for a temperamental italian supercar when the NSX offers all that and more, with bullet proof reliability? The only question here is why they’re still so cheap to buy. They should be hitting £60-80,000 for what they are! Buy one, you’ll love it…
2000 BMW Z3M COUPÉ – Estimate (£): 18,000 – 22,000
A really good Z3 M Coupe made over £50,000 at Silverstone Auctions NEC Sale in 2016, but by the looks of the condition report, this one isn’t quite as good… With rusting sills and a cracked windscreen, low to mid teens could be where this one deserves to be.
2003 AUDI RS6 AVANT – Estimate (£): 8,000 – 10,000
Supercar performance from the days when an Audi RS car could still be classed as subtle. You can find cheaper ones, and you can find more expensive ones, so a tough lot to call. Ultimately, these early 2000 RS cars are only just finding their feet on the classic auction scene. Mileage is only just over 100,000 so it would be nice to see this one selling for a comfortable number with five digits.
2005 MG ZR105 – Estimate (£): 5,000 – 7,000
It’s collector miles but who’s collecting a 2005 MG ZR? CCA hope someone is, and they’ll have to be a passionate collector… Classic Car Weekly run an MG ZR and it cost them less than £500.
2008 BMW E61 M5 TOURING – Estimate (£): 18,000 – 22,000
Yet another supercar wagon… If your family is always late, you need a five litre V8. The key thing to know about these cars is there aren’t many estates. BMW M cars from the 2000’s seem to go two ways, they’re either owned by passionate enthusiasts who pamper without thought of the cost to the pocket, or they’re run on a shoe string until something really big goes wrong. If this one is good, it should be near the top end of it’s estimate.
Thanks for reading, we’ll post all these cars again when we’ve got the results… and see if we eat our words!