Went to British Car Auctions the other day, mostly for a classic car sale viewing, but also got drawn into a prestige auction that was running at the time.

There were any number of BMWs and Mercs going through, some of them rare groove stuff such as M5s and a mouthwatering CL600 that went for £14k, but what got me wishing I'd registered to bid/arranged to borrow funds/had somewhere to park the spoils, were a couple of cars that were a little out of the ordinary for this particular auction. Past experience (though very limited) suggests that the unusual tends to earn a lower price, because that's not what the traders came for.

First up was a pristine Nissan 350Z Convertible, a 2005 on an '05 plate, complete with the essential GT pack and 14,000 miles on it. Winter's no time to sell a drop-top, and so it proved here, bidding running slowly until the Z made £15,000, which I reckoned an absolute steal for a car that would cost just over £30k new today.