Where to go for classic car auctions
Owning a classic car can be a dream, passion or an obsession for many. A classic car is not only appreciated for its looks and craftsmanship, but also for the pleasure of driving in one reliving its glory days or imitating a famous personality. One of the ways to get your hands on one of these beauties is to buy at classic car auctions. You will not only have a chance to haggle, but also the opportunity to feast your eyes on these classic vehicles. After all, even if you don’t have a bottomless wallet, you can still admire one.
Checking online for classic car auctions is one of the best ways to get started. Here are sites which are good places to begin:
- H&H Classics (www.classic-auctions.com)
H&H is one of the biggest classic car auctions site in Europe. It is essentially a web portal dedicated to collectors’ items such as motor cars, motorcycles, and even bicycles. The website is very user-friendly with quick links to take you to the auction calendar, catalogue, entry forms, and the live auction. There is also the possibility to bid online for any items you are interested in by registering and signing-in to their partner website, i-bidder.com. Auction venues are located in Worcestershire, Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, and Leicestershire.
- Anglia Car Auctions (www.angliacarauctions.co.uk)
Anglia Car Auctions was established in 1995. For 2013, there are five major auctions held in King’s Lyn, Norfolk. Bidding by phone is possible if unable to attend the live auction. A fee of £500 per bidder is required reimbursable when you are not successful. Photographs and descriptions as well as price estimates are on the site if you want an early bird look before participating in the auction. From Bentleys and Austins to Alfa Romeos and Daimlers, you’ll get a good range of car entries on their next auction sale.
- Historics at Brooklands (historics.co.uk)
Historics deal with both classic and sport cars. There are three ways to bid: in person at their auction site in Brooklands, by phone and commission bidding. For every auction, there is an advance viewing at the Brooklands Museum. The auction house has a special interest in famous brands such as Ferrari, Bentley, Jaguar, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, Mercedes-Benz and Aston Martin.
You can also find your dream car at several other classic car auctions sites such as Silverstone Auctions (www.silverstoneauctions.com), British Car Auctions (www.british-car-auctions.co.uk), and Baron Auctions (www.barons-auctions.com). Another way to find a classic car is to look at private announcements in newspapers online or offline if you want to eliminate the middleman when purchasing your car.