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Rare Studebaker dodged German invaders

1934 Studebaker: estimated at £7,000-£8,000 at auction.

1934 Studebaker: estimated at £7,000-£8,000 at auction.

AN eclectic mix of cars has already been consigned to the Dorset Vintage and Classic Auctions’ spring sale, to be held on Thursday March 20.

Early entries include a rare and extremely original 1934 Studebaker Dictator Six De Luxe with a pre-sale estimate of £7,000-£8,000.

Originating from Studebaker’s factory in Hamilton, Canada, the car was shipped to Guernsey for its first owner, a dentist. To ensure that the German military did not requisition it, the Studebaker had its starter motor removed and was consequently laid-up for five years during the Second World War.

Smaller than the models supplied directly to America, and with the benefit of right-hand drive and a six cylinder, 25hp engine, the four-owner Studebaker is well suited to modern motoring.

Other pre-war cars include a pretty 1934 Lanchester L10 Doctor’s Drophead Coupe, with coachwork by Martin Walter, and a 1933 Morris Cowley Six saloon, in need of restoration, but a complete car with great potential.

DVCA will also offer a Rover P4 75 of 1950 vintage, which has been in the current ownership for 43 years, and is equipped with the iconic ‘Cyclops’ driving lamp and finished in a rare original colour of light green.

For more modern tastes, a 1969 Austin Mini Cooper 1000 Mk II which, although barn-stored for 20 years, has retained its original braking system and running gear, so will offer a Mini enthusiast an exciting and worthwhile project.

DVCA are still accepting entries for their spring sale at Athelhampton House, near Dorchester. Please contact Brian Chant on 01963 363353 or visit www.dvca.co.uk for more information.

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