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Real-life matchbox van and royal Jaguar to go under the hammer

Matchbox van

A REAL-LIFE ‘matchbox’ van, built in 1937 as an advertising vehicle for England’s Glory matches, is to go under the hammer at Barons’ sale at Sandown Park on October 29. 

It forms part of a diverse auction entry which includes restoration projects, some rare and beautifully presented classics and future classics, including an ex-Royal Household Jaguar.

While considerably bigger than the Matchbox scale models, this delightful little van has the distinct advantage that, based around a 1932 Austin Seven, it can actually be driven on the road. It was comprehensively restored in the 1970s/’80s, and is now due for a refresh, so is offered as a fascinating rolling restoration. Estimate £12,000-£15,000.

Another restoration project is a 1954 Ford Anglia 100E, which has clearly been loved at some point in its life as it bears a Ford Sidevalve Owners Club badge. However, the vendor inherited the car when he bought his house. Consequently it is being offered for sale in the hope of finding an enthusiast who will cherish it. Estimate: £500-£700.

A 1969 Daimler 250 V8 Saloon restoration project is part of a large Jaguar/Daimler collection, has spent the past six years in a barn and is ripe for major restoration. It is said to be one of the last ever built, and possibly one of the oldest surviving examples. Estimate: £1,000-£1,500. A 1957 MGA Roadster, believed to have been in the hands of its last owner since the early 1970s, is ready for a complete restoration. Estimate: £3,750-£5,000.

And what could be more British than a Jaguar with a royal history? The 2007 Sovereign 4.2 was supplied new to the Royal Household. In addition to the top-of-the-range refinements expected with a Sovereign model, this car has added luxuries for the chauffeured rear occupant such as rear multi-media/televisions, Daimler-style foldaway business tables, and power-heated rear bench seating with an additional facility so that the passenger front seat can be electrically adjusted from the rear.

The extensive history file that accompanies the car includes photographs of Prince Charles leaving the vehicle during an official engagement, and a letter from the factory. Estimate: £19,000-£22,000.

Waving the flag for future classics is a stunning 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish. Costing almost £190,000 when new 11 years ago, it carries an estimate of £44,000-£46,000.

A magnificent 1965 Bentley S3 saloon is a very fine example of British motoring elegance, as is the 1988 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit – which has covered less than 12,000 miles from new.  Estimates: £19,000-£21,000 and £15,500-£17,000 respectively.

Italian glamour features strongly, with the bright yellow 1982 Ferrari 308 GTB Quattro Valve (£27,000-£30,000). A magnificent, Zagato-bodied 1970 Lancia Fulvia Sport 1300 is presented in the very fine condition one would expect of a car which has been owned and cherished by Lancia fanatics for the past two decades (£19,000-£21,000). There is also a lovely 1973 Fiat 500, which has undergone a nut and bolt restoration. This little head-turner is bright red and absolutely charming, and carries an estimate of £5,500-£6,000.

A 1972 Saab 99 – believed to be one of just 18 examples still registered on the road in the UK – has emerged from eight years in storage and is in excellent, original condition. Estimate: £3,500-£4,500.

US glamour and glitz comes in the form of a gold-leaf clad 1931 Cadillac 355A Fleetwood DHC (£55,000-£65,000) and a 1968 Corvette Convertible (£11,000-£14,000). American car enthusiasts who want to a restoration project could find the 1961 Ford Thunderbird coupe is just the thing. It has been stripped to a rolling shell, which has been stripped, repaired and primed, and comes complete with all major components. Estimate: £5,500-£6,600.

For further information, visit www.barons-auctions.com, email info@barons-auctions.com or call 08454 30 60 60.

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