The Dutch auction house Catawiki champions classic cars that promise many smiles per mile but that needn’t cost a fortune. In addition to the most famous classics, there is also a raft of lesser-known but no less attractive models. Its current online auction, which is live now and will finish on 17 December, features a wonderfully original Mercedes-Benz 220S Coupé that’s travelled fewer than 22,000 miles since its birth in 1959. The Jaguar E-type Roadster is also an interesting proposition – it’s a second-gen model that’s had its authenticity confirmed by Jaguar Classic. And what better way to prepare for the spring than with a 1964 Mercedes 230 SL W113 Pagode? Catawiki’s low-mileage red example was extensively restored in 2015.
Compact city run-arounds are also in the spotlight and, if necessary, could be wrapped and tucked beneath the Christmas tree on the big day. We’d love to hare through the narrow streets of Barcelona with the 1982 Autobianchi A112 B2/5 Abarth. – a true ‘pocket rocket’. In addition, there are three Fiat 500s offered, one Fiat 600, and another compact rediscovery guaranteed to make the average petrolhead’s pulse quicken: the 1981 Fiat Ritmo Abarth. The latter is located in Sienna, so picking it up could coincide with a Christmas tour of Tuscany. The entire catalogue for Catawiki’s online auction can be found listed in the Classic Driver Market, but we’ve listed our favourites below.