Visiting a car auction with a difference

Visiting a car auction with a difference

This XJ6 went under the hammer for £5302, and someone has got a very fine car for that money. But for me, that’s five grand that could have gone towards purchasing this exotic and supremely wonderful 1937 supercharged Cord. It has recently been sold, and some lucky person has picked up this rolling exhibition of art-deco glory for £60,000.

In charge at Abingdon is David Hayhow, with the job title of lead consignment specialist. After training as a town planner, his career swerved in a different direction by first working at the organisation that runs Salon Privé and then for five years flogging flash motors at supercar specialist Joe Macari.Hayhow favours the 1990s hot Volkswagen genre and as such owns a Corrado VR6 and a Golf R36.

“We’re really busy,” he reports, “with a selling rate of 90% over the past two years.”

Hayhow says that the way to get results when selling a car through auction is to preferably set no reserve at all, and if you do, keep it low. His theory is that this creates interest in the car and triggers the bidding.

It’s all right for him to say that when it’s not his money, but I can see the logic. I haven’t bought many cars at auction, but when I have, I’ve usually got carried away and bid more than I had intended.

I’m slightly surprised that this 1973 Jensen Interceptor hasn’t sold. It got stuck at £45,000 and now is listed for a ‘buy now’ price of £40,000. It has a full history and zillions of bills but also a colour change, which might put many off.