Leading northern auction house Manor Park Classics is opening its doors to a Saturday sale for the first time next month, with a diverse and interesting mix of affordable vehicles – many at no reserve – and a reduced buyers’ premium for this sale only as a thank you to customers for their year-round support.
Joining MPC’s staff at the sale will be TV personality Fuzz Townshend from Car SOS, who’ll be on hand to talk about his favourite cars among the lots, and perhaps even offer a little sage buying advice, too.
And Fuzz will be spoilt for choice, with everything from a humble, 14000-mile 1989 Skoda Estelle 120L in original condition (est. £2,500-3,500) to a super-rare 1997 Lotus Esprit Turbo GT3 with a warranted 56000 miles and full history from new (est. £30-40,000) to tempt buyers.
As always, MPC has a selection of vehicles being offered at no reserve, too. Highlights include a 1991 Volkswagen Scirocco GTII showing 84000 miles, with a near-perfect interior and important service work recently carried out. And rare though it is to find no-reserve pre-war cars, a lovely, well-patinated Morris Eight 1 Saloon, with buff logbook and just 42000 miles, thanks to a 40-year stint as a display car in a collection.
Original Minis always appeal to bidders, and MPC has two of note next month. First off, a truly remarkable 1960 Austin Seven from the second year of production, which has been off the road for 25 years, but is completely original in every way. Presented as found, this Almond Green 850cc runner has had one owner from new, and appears to be solid and un-welded underneath (est. £8-12,000). It also pairs well with the 1980 Austin Mini 95L van, tastefully and immaculately presented as a pre-’66 vehicle in BMC works livery for Goodwood Revival display duties (est. £18-22,000).
Affordable performance cars always seem to find their groove with buyers, and MPC has a real gem in the form of a 1990 Ford Escort XR3i with just 9000 (nine thousand) warranted miles from new. Arguably the best example you’ll find anywhere, the Escort comes with its original dealer plates and original book pack from the factory (est. £24-28,000). From the same era, a rare 1994 Porsche 968 Sport is being offered, in desirable Guards Red with a comprehensive Porsche specialist service history and lovely period features, such as its Becker Mexico Pro CD player and radio (est. £16-20k).
But if you’re looking for something even more unique, MPC has something quite special: a 1961 Jaguar C-Type Evocation, with rare aluminium body and 3442cc Jaguar straight ‘six’ engine complete with triple Webers, producing 216bhp. Originally built to compete in the 1991 Carrera Panamericana, the C-Type is a joy to drive and sounds as evocative as it looks. It will be offered at no reserve.
And with interest in motor homes still at an all-time high, MPC’s 1980 Volkswagen Type 2 Devon Conversion camper van fits the bill perfectly. A total of £15,000 has been spent on the vehicle in recent years, with the chassis and mechanicals being complete overhauled. Plywood-lined and fitted with a ‘rock ‘n’ roll’ bed, the interior of this classic vee-dub provides the ideal blank canvas to build on over the winter months for next year’s summer season (est. £8-10,000).
Manor Park Classic’s November 20th sale is held at its 30,000 sq ft HQ and starts at 13.00hrs. Viewings start three days beforehand, including evenings, with a four-post ramp available for buyers to inspect prospective purchases at their leisure.
And as a thank-you for the huge support Manor Park has received from customers in its inaugural year, the buyers’ premium on this sale only will be reduced from 12.5% plus VAT to 10.0% plus VAT.
More details of the above vehicles, and other consignments can be found at: https://auctions.manorparkclassics.com/auction/details/-the-winter-2021-classic-car-auction/?au=11