Special cars at Special Auction Services
Special Auction Services certainly dished up the desirables in its October sale, in which Matchbox stole the show (what’s new, I hear you ask). Typical of the fare was a Superfast 8a Ford Mustang, in scarce orange-red with red interior, still in its original box and sealed on an American issue blister pack: this cruised off to make £300. But the ‘Stang had competition in the shape of something much more humdrum: a Matchbox Superfast 64a MG 1100, with green body, white interior and unpainted base, which came in its original type F box. Lots of people wanted this one, so the £250 final hammer price was no surprise.
A Corgi Juniors Promotional TR7 gold plated model did even better. The vendors thought this example to be one of a limited edition of around 250 models made for British Leyland at the product launch of the real car. Hence the gold plated body, which set off a yellow interior and a black base. Although only good to very good condition, it was finally taken home by a lucky bidder for £340. A little more than that (£360) secured a scarce Hot Wheels Redline Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. The attraction here lay in the colour: spectraflame pink! We’re not sure if Rolls Royce would have entertained this scheme, but it is well known that Hot Wheels only produced limited quantities of cars in this girly colour, since they were poor sellers. Again only very good, its rarity made up for that.
A top bid of £420 was required to clinch an E-Type Jaguar, this a diminutive HO/OO scale example from Lego. What helped the hammer price again was its colour, in this instance red. Also from Lego was the 1/43 scale VW Beetle in metallic gold. It certainly wasn’t perfect (the car exhibited paint loss and a crack, for starters) but it was rare enough to command a closing bid of £420.
Finally, a Lego 1960s H0/OO Gauge System (series 699) Commercial Vehicle Set, comprising articulated trucks, transport lorries and trailers and a breakdown truck, all in their original box and with original cellophane, swayed the audience enough for the lot to reach £1,900.