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Paddy Mannion has been driving, buying, restoring and selling practical classics in Barcelona for more than 20 years and brings mechanical experience in everything from a Honda 50 to a Porsche 911

If you are interested in advise and practical assistance in buying, insuring, maintaining and selling a classic car or motorbike in Barcelona and Spain you are welcome to contact us
Please call Paddy 687 508 510

About Classics in Spain and Barcelona
Spain is the California of Europe, no salt on the roads and very little rust. Cars are well cared for in garages and anything remotely interesting is well stashed away. The market is full of timeless practical classics but the you will some some gems.

If you have a budget of 1.000 - 5.000 euros and are looking for a practical classic or something special to discover the wonderful coast and countryside around Barcelona city your dream is about to come true.

4 cars and a motorbike were my original reasons for moving to a Farmhouse in Penedès, those and the biological clock. Now I know that the roads of Penedès and the counties to the south of Barcelona are perfect for club drives and a little bit of tearing around.

A 250 km drive is nothing for your favourite restaurant or speciality and perfect for blowing away the cobwebs on some old metal beast.

I enjoy browsing the Spanish classic cars for sale scene and here are a few of my favourite picks

Practical Classics
Starting with the Seat 600 the car that put Spain on the road, closely followed by the Citroen 2CV, Renault 8 (the widow maker) and the Mini.
All of these practical classics are adored, well cared for and many being sold now have been lovingly restored. Prices seem to hover around 500 for projects and 2.000 up to 8.000 for well looked after and restored cars. some cars are impossible to move, however in another part of the world someone is screaming for one.

Here's an example, one of these left me very impressed after a dash up the Dublin mountains
Ford Fiesta,
Cheap, cheerful and unstoppable
4 tin cans


Classic Sports Cars
Further up the classic food chain are convertible coupes; Alfa Romeos, Seat/Fiat 124 sports, MGs and Triumphs sports cars for sale from 5.000 to 10.000 euros.
MG Midget, smiles guaranteed
MGA, red and waiting
Porsche 928, you will be far away before you notice the money
VW Beetle Karman


Mobile Armchairs
Up again and a bit sideways down corporate avenue and you have the legions of Mercedes, Jaguars and DS Citroens that belonged to the business classes and Señoritos.
These change hands for between 3.000 and 15.000. The current costs of fuel are turning these into very well kept bargains, and while consumption may deter from daily use, these will provide very relaxed and elegant weekend transport.

Jaguar XJ6 III, Here's an example
Mercedes, grace, pace and space, ...and another, it is raining Mercs
Mercedes 280 CE
Merc 190 wings my favourite, this has relax, nostalgia, size, style perfect for movie touring Spain
Volvo, Use for the next 50 years
BMW 502, as Bristol is out of reach
Opel Kapitan

Most Spanish classics have been kept garaged and buyers will likewise need a parking. In fact most of the reasons for cars for sale is loss of parking and the inevitable pass of time and the grim reaper. Most sales are private as there isn't anything like the network of specialist car dealers or auctions available in England.

Landrover has a very special place in the Spanish landscape which is a lot more mountainous than Mary Poppins would have you believe, starting with series 1s and lots of Santanas, 2 nd place goes to the
Willy's jeep
Land Rover SWB
Mercedes G wagen

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Where to Buy a classic Car in Barcelona

See what's available, or give Paddy Mannion a call with your requirements and lusts at +34 687508510
Yclassicos great selection of cars and projects from all over Spain
AutoScout2 Lots of Classics for sale
MilAnuncios more than 3.500 cars to choose from
Autoocasion 2.00+ cars for less than 4.000 euros
Coches.net 180+ cars in Barcelona
Merkatia is this site 5 years out of date or is someone laundering!? I welcome your feedback

Auctions, what goes round comes round
England is definitely the best place to buy cars at auction for the quantity and quality available. There are plenty of LHD cars thanks to the weak dollar. Check out previous auction results to get an feel for the price and mix of cars handled by each Auction house. The majority are reputable and well established.

You will have to include cost of driving or transporting the car and about 1.000 euros for Spanish paperwork.
If you need a specialist in the process of inspection, homolagation and registration of foreign cars in Barcelona. please enquire

Here is a
resource link from Sarah, a Classic Car restorer and friend of this page

Anglia Car Auctions
H&H Classic Car Auctions
Historics at Brooklands
Art-Auctions Classic Car
Artcurial Auctions House
Barons Auctions
Classic Car Auction GB
Dorset Vintage & Classic Auctions
Gooding & Company
RM Auctions
Royal Car Auctions
Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles Auctions

Classic Rental and Tours
Lakes & Dales

Practical Classics
Classic and Sportscar
Thoroughbred and Classic Car
VW Magazine
Old Classic Car

Map of Classic Penedès
Land Rover
Citroen 2CV
Hispano Suiza
BMW boxer
Puch Styer Damlier
NSU 250
BMW 350

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