MARKET WATCH April 2018

Latest market winners revealed

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53 classics became more expensive this month with the top ten locked out by cars of the chrome and curves era. The price guide winners and losers table in the latest issue of Classic Cars is topped by the Sunbeam Harrington GT, up 45%. These pretty, Sunbeam-approved coupé conversions of the Alpine sports car were were only built from 1961-63, totalling 400 examples of both A- and B-series versions.

Those gains move rough/restoration project examples up to £4k, usable ones to £9.5k and the best commanding £18.5-29k.

The convertible Alpine Aeries III and V is also up 32 and 42% respectively, meaning that you'll now pay £2.25-25k, depending on model and condition. Overall, the Alpines come out at half to two-thirds of Harrington prices.

Even with these latest moves, both open and closed versions remain good value at the moment.

Mini Cooper S speeds up

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Badge hierarchy is turning upside down with the latest price moves of these Sixties road burners. The previously favoured 1275S – the ultimate Cooper – is now being overtaken by the prices of the rarer 1071S and 970S, which can top £40k in perfect condition and backed up with convincing provenance. Don't rely on correct spec and matching V5 and chassis number to verify authenticity before handing over your cash.

At the rate values are going, we wouldn't be surprised if their price graphs cross over with those of the declining Ferrari 308 GTB before too long. How times and tastes change.

We want this time-warp Jaguar Mk2

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We loved road-testing this one-owner, unrestored Mk2 that's for sale in our latest issue. Apart from an older repaint in the correct Opalescent Silver Blue (that's light metallic blue in non-Jaguar speak), this 32,000 mile gem appears to be otherwise original.

Inside and out it stood up very well during our evaluation, and it drove as well as it looked, with a feeling of taut togetherness that few dismantled and restored cars manage to achieve. Jaguar fanciers like their Mk2s with the manual overdrive gearbox, which it has, the largest 3.8-litre capacity engine and chrome wire wheels. This one is a 3.4 delivering uncanny refinement and urge and we prefer the understated original steel wheels lifted by chrome hubcaps and rimbellisher wheel trims.

The £59k asking price reflects the scarcity of such low-mileage, original Mk2s. One in similar condition but restored, with multiple former owners and average miles would make just over half this.

This Jaguar Mk2 is one of four Ads on Test in the current issue of Classic Cars, including a Bentley Turbo R, Morgan 4/4 and Jensen CV8.