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Golden oldies to go under the hammer

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THERE is a good selection of vintage and later classic cars and motorcycles due to go under the hammer when Sherborne-based auctioneers hold their next specialist auction of classic cars and motorcycles on Sunday July 15.

Among them are a fully restored Volvo 1800 ES (estimate £10,000-£12,000); two Bentley Turbo Rs (from £6,500); a Triumph Stag (£7,000-£9,000); a chrome bumper MGB GT (£2,800-£3,200); BMW 728i concours winner (£2,000-£2,500); a Singer Gazelle and Sunbeam Rapier, both convertible and restoration projects (from £1,200); a 1950 MG TD (£20,000-£24,000); a 1933 MG J-type (£22,000-£24,000); a BSA Golden Flash with sidecar (£6,500-£7,500); and a 1951 Bristol 401 (£19,000-£21,000).

Among the most unusual lots are a two-door Range Rover, professionally made into a convertible and believed to have been previously owned by Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor of Queen fame (£8,000), and a multiple concours-winning Turbo Mini Van (£12,000-£14,000).

A 1933 Eccles vintage caravan is one of the more unusual lots entered in the sale. Charterhopuse specialist Matthew Whitney says: “We are privileged to see the rare, the weird and the wonderful and this sweet vintage caravan certainly ticks all the boxes.

“Rarely do we come across such early caravans and it would certainly be a great alternative to a shepherd’s hut, a gypsy caravan or a yurt in your garden. However, it will probably find a new home with a collector who has a vintage car contemporary with this caravan to pull to shows and rallies.”

“The caravan was made by Eccles in 1933 and is affectionately known as ‘Lady Eccles’. Its first owner was Sir Edward Rouse-Boughton from Ludlow. The next owner was his daughter, Lady Mary, who owned it until 1992 when was bought by the current owner who undertook an extensive restoration.

“It was then taken to many classic car and classic caravan shows where it was much admired, with many people commenting on the leaded-glass windows. Now in his 80s, the owner has decided that it is time Lady Eccles should move on to her fourth owner in 79 years!” It is estimated at £8,000 to £9,000.

Charterhouse are still accepting further entries into this auction. For more information contact Matthew Whitney, Head of Classic Cars, at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email mw@charterhouse-auctions.co.uk


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