Auction Action - what's hot and what's not

By: Andy Enright, Unique Cars magazine

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Aston martin race car Aston Martin comes with spares and a monster resto job. Aston martin race car
Lynx eventer This Jag XJS-based estate is very rare. Lynx eventer
mitsubishi pajero There's more to this rally-bred Pajero than meets the eye. mitsubishi pajero
ford capri Premium Capris can only keep going up., ford capri
Volkswagen Beetle This not-so-humble Beetle scored big money. Volkswagen Beetle
Edsel Ranger Unloved Edsels still struggle to get decent money. Edsel Ranger
Porsche 924 Carrera GTR This rare 924 variant scored top dollar. Porsche 924 Carrera GTR
buick roadmaster estate wagon 11 Who doesn't love the idea of a proper woody in the driveway? Buicks like this are on the rise. buick roadmaster estate wagon 11
mitsubishi lancer evo vi tommi makinen edition 5 If you have a Tommi edition Evo, look after it. mitsubishi lancer evo vi tommi makinen edition 5

We take a look at what's been happening at the auction houses around the world

Auction Action - what's hot and what's not
Okay, so you're going to have to spend a bomb to restore this Aston Martin.

1949 Aston Marton DB Team car - sold $1.15 million

Goodwood UK

THE ONLY Aston Martin works car to finish the 1949 Le Mans 24h, this vehicle also placed fifth in the 24h of Spa the same year. 'UMC 65' was acquired in 1965 by Christopher Angell with the intention of restoration, but as Angell's health failed, the car was neglected, eventually being stolen and resold. Angell's family members eventually reclaimed the car and it was sold. The progenitor to the production DB2, this car was supplied for sale with the regulation Le Mans seals on the radiator cap and oil filler, a spare engine, three cylinder heads, a set of brake drums, and both SU and later Weber carb setups.

1987 Lynx Eventer Gucci (Jaguar XJS) - sold $148,000

Bonhams Goodwood UK

SELLING for around ten times the typical price of an ’87 Jaguar XJS coupe, the Eventer was conceived as an elegant shooting brake by Hastings coachbuilder Lynx. In all, 67 were built and this might be the most special of the lot, commissioned by Paolo Gucci, with an outrageously pimpy interior featuring burr elm, calfskin, lapis lazuli insets and crocodile-effect armrests. Displayed at the 1990 Geneva Motor Show, it instantly fell foul of legal eagles, the Gucci company lawyers claiming that Paolo had no right to use the family name.

1997 Mitsubishi Pajero Evo - sold $19,500

Silverstone UK

MITSUBISHI tried to pull a sneaky move back in 1997, effectively building a rally-raid homologation special to blitz the Paris Dakar rally’s production T2 class. With a 280hp turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 capable of much, much more with a bit of light fettling, custom double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension, Recaro seats, a full skidplate protected underbody  and Torsen diffs front and rear, this thing is a weapon. It not only won its class in the ’98 Dakar, it took a 1-2-3 outright, humiliating cars from the next class up.

1974 Ford Capri RS3100 - sold $90,000

Silverstone UK

EARLY Capris were wholly unconvincing sporting cars. ‘The car you always promised yourself’ eventually came good though and these RS3100s represent the zenith of Capri ownership. Only 248 were ever built, with Australia getting the final 50 units. It sports a Cosworth-developed 3091cc Essex V6  that would do 60mph in 7.3 seconds. Not bad for 1974, when an entry-level Lambo, the Urraco P300, would get there in 8.7s.

1974 Volkswagen Beetle - sold $56,500

Aarhus Denmark

YES, this car really has covered 90km from new. It was originally supplied by G. Terragni Volkswagen, Genova on the 23rd January 1974 to one Armando Sgroi. Now Mr Sgroi didn’t much care for driving,  preferring to walk to church, and the last time this Bug turned a wheel under its own steam was in 1978. It’s since been lightly recommissioned. A true time warp example of an iconic car.

1959 Edsel Ranger - sold $13,000

Mecum, Harrisburg USA

THE somewhat depressing thing about this 1959 Edsel Ranger is that had the original owner left the $2683.50 it cost in the bank, they’d be sitting on $22,227, more than double what the car sells for today. What's more, they wouldn't have opened their curtains in the morning and seen this thing’s distorted fizzog gurning back at them every day. But hey, not every car can look like a Miura.

1974 Ford XB Fairmont - sold $17,700

Ebay Australia

IN THE hands of a Ford employee since new, this beautiful XB Fairmont was advertised as requiring nothing to spend. Still registered with the original issue black and white Victorian number plates and with a roadworthy, this tropic Gold employee’s car (Code 3992) looks like it's just rolled off the line. You wouldn’t lose on this one, that’s for sure.

1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GTR - sold $863,000

Silverstone UK

THE BEST part of a million clams for a Porsche 924? You’d better believe it. This is one of 17 Carrera GTRs built, packs 375hp, weighs just 930kg and, most amazingly of all, has just 109km on the odo. Delivered new to Japan and used on a couple of track days, this time warp car is one of the most desirable Neckarsulm ‘transaxle’ models.

1947 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon - sold $80,000

RM Sotheby's Michigan USA

DESIGNED for the country homes of the wealthy, the Roadmaster Estate Wagon was Buick’s most expensive offering in 1947. Fitted with a 320ci Fireball inline eight, this coachbuilt special had a limited production run of 300 cars and only four fully restored examples exist today. The $80,000 sale price for this Royal Maroon over maple and mahogany car therefore looked more than reasonable.

Movers & shakers - the cars to watch

MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO VI TOMMI MAKINEN

With prices starting from $20k rising to $35k for a minter, the Tommi Makinen version is the most desirable version of the most desirable generation of Evos. It’s also one of the standout cars from the golden era for all-wheel drive rally reps and finding a good 'un and keeping it fresh looks like a very shrewd move indeed.

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