com Enchantingly shabby Austin is a runner. Some tempting lots have been consigned for the Classics Central sale on 15 May. A brace of Honda Z600s offers fans of garage door opener doesn't work motoring the choice between an immaculate 705-mile example ?20-22k and a project ?3-5k . If the Japanese city car is a bit on the small side, a '70 Ford Corsair Shooting Brake by Abbott of Farnham ?6-8k would make an interesting load-carrier, as would the one-owner, 18,600-mile 1974 Vauxhall Victor FE estate ?4-6k .
Prefer something quicker? An ultra-rare supercharged Fiat 131 Abarth ?7-9k ought to offer pace aplenty. Thanks to its competition record, the Renault 8 Gordini is a well-known performance saloon. If you fancy something similar for less outlay, H&H is offering a rare R10 Alconi est ?7-9k at its 18 May sale. Built for the South African market, the car features a tuned 1289cc 'four' and Gordini-type carburettors. garage door opener doesn't work entered is a more modern Renault, in the form of a Clio Williams ?7-9k .
More sedate is a Willys Jeep that's been with one owner since '73 ?10-12k , while for similar money a '25 Buick 25/55 Sports Tourer is tempting. Asking prices at Techno Classica Essen are habitually eyebrow-raising, and any signs of a slowing market certainly hadn’t made it to the German city. In fact, the only thing more shocking than the asking prices was the fact that cars seemed to be selling by the hatful. Not helped by a strong Euro, currently running at 25 to the pound, the values being attributed to cars by both dealers and private sellers were largely astronomical. Of several themes that emerged across the 21 halls and myriad garage door opener doesn't work car corrals, one of the most prominent was the smaller the car the more disproportionate the price.