400 Convertibles Sell For £4.6 Million On One Day

400 Convertibles Sell For £4.6 Million On One Day

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Was it the sunshine or simply a general feeling of optimism that prompted a complete clear out of convertibles put up for sale at leading car auction specialist, British Car Auctions (BCA) mid April?  Whatever the reason, 400 convertibles – from Mini Cooper Convertibles to an Aston Martin DB9 V12 Volante and Porsche 911 Carrera S Tiptronic – all sold, many for prices higher than expected.

“Admittedly it was a gloriously sunny day at our Blackbushe Auction Centre” confirmed Tim Naylor, PR Manager, BCA.  “But it was tremendously encouraging to see more than 350 buyers in the auction hall.  There were also more than 100 dealers bidding via the internet using BCA’s Live Online service.”

With a broad selection of cars available, ranging in value from under £4,000 to over £50,000, bidding was brisk from the first car – sold at 10.30 am – through to the last sold at 3.20 pm.   Private buyers and dealers bid strongly throughout the sale.

“Whilst there have been mixed messages on the economy over the last few weeks – and with the General Election campaigns in full swing some consumers might be feeling nervous about making bigger financial commitments, this sale seemed to suggest a good level of optimism amongst the trade and private buyers”, concluded Tim Naylor.

Among the strong sellers were:

Year       Model                                                                                     Sold

0555    BMW 330 CD SE                                           £12,200

0656    Audi A4 2.0 Convertible                                  £17,000

0505    BMW Z4 3.0 SE –                                           £11,900

0656    Porsche Boxter 2.7                                         £18,400

0909    Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TF SE                          £27,500

0505    Porsche 911 3.8 Carrera Sport                      £36,500

0656    Mini Cooper Convertible                                 £10,100

0656    Mercedes CLK 280 EL                                   £19,200

0757    BMW 630 CI 3.0 Sport                                   £30,700

This first convertible sale was followed by a second at BCA Glasgow on 21st April which also was a complete sell-out.  A final Spring sale is to be held in Yorkshire at BCA Brighouse on 28th April.