That would be South West Vehicle Auctions in Poole on Friday, January 27th when it will be holding its first classic car auction of 2017. Amelia Island or Scottsdale it is not, but it will boast one car none of the more glamorous auction houses have probably ever heard of: the 1978 McCoy coupe.
Yes, this is the real McCoy. You can be forgiven for not having heard of it. It’s the Clan Crusader’s very rare and little-known cousin, built by another ex-Lotus F1 engineer of that time, Arthur Birchall, but unlike the Crusader is a Mini-based special and thus front-drive (the Crusader was Hillman Imp based).
It was used for two years when new and then stored for 14 years and comes now with four-pot brakes and new Yokohama A008 track-day tyres. With a pre-sale estimate of £1,500-1,900, this 600kg 850cc baby should make up for in handling, what it lacks in visual grace…
Another car to catch our eye at the Poole auction is in its own way just as much the real McCoy as the, er, McCoy. It’s a 1949 Bentley MkVI, discovered three months ago lurking in a garage on an Irish country estate where it has lived since 1951.