Goodwood Festival of Speed & Revival 2019 Ticket Sale

It’s that time of year again. Today is the day tickets go on sale for two of the most exciting and ever-popular motoring events, Goodwood Festival of Speed & Goodwood Revival. The Revival made headlines earlier this year after they hosted a historic race with a staggering £200M worth of...

Topaz Cars & Coffee 2018

Topaz Cars & Coffee 2018   After their first successful Topaz Cars & Coffee meet-up last year, Cars & Coffee has organised a second event on the 16th of September at Topaz Detailing in London which Eclectic Auctions man on the ground was again lucky enough to attend. With over...

Why You Need to be Using a Polarising Filter

Have you ever used a polarising filter when photographing classic cars?   For the majority of classic car owners, the answer may well be a questioning look.   I first heard about the polarising filter back in 2015 while attending the Beaulieu Supercar Showdown. Since discovering the polariser, I have...

Secure storage for your treasure

  Between our staff, we own a fairly diverse and interesting range of classics in the Eclectic Auctions office. Some of us are hoarders of anything unusual, some of us have a cherished classic car or two. One topic that never seems to get resolved is the difficulty in finding a secure location that...

1970's Suzuki Jimny - a 4x4 jewel

  Regular customers know how much we like our Japanese 4x4s and we are increasingly offered iconic '70s vehicles to sell either via confidential classic car private treaty or our occasional online classic car auctions. We only try to offer you interesting, unusual and eclectic vehicles, as that's what we are...

Daihatsu TAFT - time for a classic Japanese 4x4

  A fairly rare sight these days, which lends them an air of 'Wow, cool 4x4 - what is it?'. The Daihatsu TAFT, stands for 'Tough Almighty Fourwheeldrive Transport'. It could only be from '70s Japan, yet there's no question the TAFT has lived up to the acronym. Built between 1974 and 1984 it was aimed...

VW Type 182 Trekker

  With a plethora of MX5s, MGBs and SLKs appearing on the roads - the default choices for bargain summer-runner classics in the South of England - office discussion naturally turned to other more 'Eclectic' options for purchase at an online classic car auction. Newtimers are the order of the...

They drove a what?

In the course of researching classic cars that we sell by private treaty or through our online auction platform, we often come across some interesting photographs of actors and singers with their favourite cars. Some have been posted to death on social media, but others we haven't seen before. They get...

Michelotti Britannia

  There's no question that if you grew up in Britain in the 70's and 80's then British marques were the only classic sports cars you'd see regularly on the roads outside of London and the ones school boys aspired to own. Growing up in rural 1970's Northumberland the owner of our...

Alfa Romeo Duetto to S4 why the price chasm?

  There's no doubt that the later Alfa Spiders are seen to lag in the desirability stakes - but should they? The ultimate 105 series Spider has to be the RHD 1750 Duetto. With so few made it blends the sweetest 'Nord' engine with the prettiest 105 series Spider body. Prices for...

The best Alfa?

  Once you've owned a '60s or '70s Alfa Romeo its difficult not to have one in your life for very long. Yet that can be said for many marques and no doubt there is a different classic tool for each job. Need to dispatch 300 miles up the M1 and arrive fresh, I'll take...

R129 - The perfect summer runner?

  The R129 Mercedes is a curious thing. Eye-wateringly expensive new, the R129 was an enormous leap ahead of the car it replaced, the 18 year old W107. Mercedes produced the R129 for an even longer 20 years, face-lifting it subtely along the way. All of which tells you that...

Mercedes E320 Cabriolet - newtimer for the summer

  The W124 E Class cars, could they become the vehicle of choice for the shrewd connoisseur as the original '60s W111 coupes and cabriolet were in the '80s? I've co-owned a TE320 estate for the last ten years, bought as an uber-cheap but stylish hack. I quickly fell in love...

Why we use 'Stripe' for payments

  Several people have asked recently why we use 'Stripe' to manage our 5%+vat buyer's fee payments instead of PayPal. Simple. Stripe are the industry leaders for e-commerce platforms worldwide. They offer by far the best system to integrate into an auction listings platform like ours and their security is...

The poly-tunnel find

With a large majority of working barns now converted into desirable and stylish accomodation in the UK....just where are all these 'barnfind' classic cars that are appearing at classic car auctions coming from? It used to be that owners needing cheap storage space for their slowly rusting and probably MOT failed Aston...

2018 Geneva Motor Show - The real boys' toys

  Every petrolhead had the seeds sown early. The awe at seeing caddish Uncle Henry pull into the drive in his new Lancia Beta with its outrageously foreign lines, velour interior and green tinted glass. Perhaps a fleeting glimpse of a real 911 Turbo heading the other way on the autobahn or the headboy's...

Toyota FJ40 - the Japanese Range Rover

A staple of the American classic car market for many years, with 6 figure prices for 'Singer-esque' ground up restorations not unheard of in the States, the FJ40 has yet to be fully appreciated here in the UK. Possibly down to the generally rusty workhorse, few and far between RHD...

The full Brazilian

As is often the case in countries where there is a prohibitively high taxation on imported vehicles, homegrown alternatives spring up using new parts available locally. This was the case in Brazil in the 1970s where, due to a complete ban on imported vehicles, an industry of unique and unusual machines was driven...

Middo Naito Kurabu "The Midnight Club"

In the mid 1980s to late 1990s, there was a street racing team that gave life to Tokyo’s highways during the hours past midnight.This particular racing team is known and remembered by a small minority of people who truly understand the history and original meaning behind “JDM” tuning culture. The...

The ultimate sleeper?

Sleepers. We love them. Deceptively standard on the outside yet under the skin off the Scoville scale. If they look standard on the inside too, all the better for it. Don't get us wrong, we love to see an unusually modified vehicle too, and have a soft spot for well...

RS6 Avant

As much as we love Bling on our Newtimers, sometimes you need to travel low-pro. There's no question that big Audis are the tool of choice for high speed yet inconspicuous long distance travel. The standard V8 RS6 Avant with 450Bhp is a massively capable machine that's an absolute hoot...

The Eclectic Memory

It can become pretty hectic sourcing stock and curating online classic car auctions, and lunchtime banter can get...well eclectic too. It came up in conversation recently that at least some of us here in the Eclectic Auctions office reference life with the help of classic cars. Ok, so what does that mean?...

Alfa Tina

As anyone that knows the Eclectic Auctions team will testify, we love our Classic & Vintage Alfa Romeos. There are those in the office that speak fluent Alfa......And there are others here that love their hot Fords. We've decided to mix both camps. The "Alfa Tina". Read on to see...