MARKET WATCH February 20, 2019

Will Jaguar E-types fall?

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Recent American sales suggest that demand is weaker now than it was a year ago. All four of the E-type roadsters offered at the Scottsdale, Arizona auctions sold for below their realistic estimates, by as much as 31%, suggesting the beginning of a price correction.

We’re already seeing the most collectable flat floor E-types, built up to January 1962, down 4.5% from their heights. That takes rough examples down to £72.5k, usable cars to £108k and the best falling into the £155-200k range, depending on levels of perfection.

It’s too early to tell whether the UK market will follow, but we’ll be watching closely to see what happens next. For 16 pages of buying tips and advice, including Quentin Willson’s Hot Tips, have a look at the latest issue of Classic Cars.

Austin A99s and A110s surge ahead

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The latest family classic to enjoy the heat is the Farina-styled Austin Westminster, in A99 and longer wheelbase A110 form. Without the sporting image or ability of their Jaguar rivals, these stately saloons have long been overlooked by the market, but that’s changing. There’s a new breed of buyer who wants something stylish and period to whisk friends or family along to classic car events, but they don’t feel the need to emulate their racing heroes along the way.

The result is a near-40% jump in prices for either the 1959-1961 A99, or the roomier, more powerful and better-equipped 1961-68 A110. Although the later, 120bhp car is more appealing, it pays to prioritise condition over spec when even the best is only £10k, with mint examples making £7k, tidy usable cars £3k and rough examples £1.25k – you couldn’t restore a bad one for the price of all four condition levels added together. There’s lots more buying advice and market insight in the latest issue of Classic Cars.

We want this Gordon Keeble

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With only 100 built, this is a rare chance to buy one of these handsome and devilishly quick, Giugiaro-styled grand tourers. Even the post-period conversion to a TH350 three-speed automatic gearbox fails to blunt the performance of the original 5.3-litre Chevrolet Corvette engine, good for £280bhp.

Apart from that, and flared rear wheelarches, this example is in standard condition and stood up to scrutiny well on our test, both in terms of how it looked and drove. And there’s plenty of paperwork to support the work done over the years, which is always reassuring. It’s one of four cars for sale that we evaluate in the latest issue of Classic Cars.