King’s Lynn classic car auction nets £1.77m

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Anglia Car Auctions’ first classic car sale of the year at Lynn netted a massive £1.77 million.

It was the UK’s biggest sale of its kind with 251 vehicles going under the hammer on Saturday and 84 per cent of them being sold.

There was big local interest in the five vehicles from the collection of the late Maurice Rose, from Tilney St Lawrence. Since Maurice died they had been displayed in the bygones museum at Holkham Hall but with this being revamped Maurice’s family decided it was time they went to new homes.

All five cars were sold, making a total of £71,295. The individual selling prices were: 1909 Renault sold for £14,595, 1922 Talbot Darracq sold for £22,050, a 1926 Austin 7 Chummy for £11,550, a 1925 Wolseley for £10,080 and 1922 Morris Cowley Bullnose for £13,020.

A 1991 Ferrari Testarossa made top price of day, making £63,000 while a 1982 308GTSi was bought for £53,550.

A collection of microcars made far from micro prices. Two rare Scootacars were hammered away at £22,050 and £28,350.

A 1969 Mercedes 280SL was good enough to make £58,800 and all the Land Rovers offered sold, with a no-reserve 1975 “88” making £1700 and a 1998 V8 50th anniversary limited edition model raising £15,750

Buyers after something sporty had plenty to choose from, including a 1971 Lotus Europa S2 sold at £21,840, and a 1965 Dutch-registered Elan S2 drew £15,540.

A stunning 1979 Ford Capri 3.0S was bought for £20,370 while a 1974 Triumph Stag sold for £16,275.

ACA’s proprietor Lyn George said: “Given the time of year and the weather forecast, the bumper crowd took us by surprise. The atmosphere was amazing all day with some fantastic results.”