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Historic tipper truck restored to former glory

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A 1949 Dennis PAX tipper lorry is one of the more unusual lots going under the auctioneer’s hammer in their auction of classic and vintage vehicles on Sunday 22nd April.

“The lorry has fantastic history, with the first owner being Somerset County Council,” said Matthew Whitney, head of classic vehicles at the Sherborne-based auctioneers Charterhouse.

“It was then bought by a farmer who used it until he left in a field for many years. It was then rescued, having been engulfed by a massive bed of stinging nettles, by our client as a project in 1980.

“He subsequently spent over 2,000 hours lovingly and painstakingly restoring this lorry to its former glory. Despite housing it in a garage which was built specially for the lorry, the owner has decided that it is now time for a new owner to take over the wheel.”

Accompanying the Dennis tipper lorry is a history file of the vehicle which includes a number of photographs dating back to 1980 when it was dragged out of the nettle bed.

The lorry is expected to fetch between £8,000 and £10,000.

At the start of the album there is a wonderful introduction written by the owner. It is possibly more of a confession than anything else and records the early days of ownership: “Found in stinging nettles 1980. Price agreed and settled, unknowing to my wife in August 1980. After the wife found out in September she cooled off enough for me to bring it home in October.”

To enter a classic car or vehicle into the forthcoming auction, or for more information regarding the sale, contact Matthew Whitney, at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 81227 or via email on http://www.charterhouse-auctions.co.uk.

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