Lots of Interest as Classic Cars go under the Hammer

27th June 2017

It wasn’t exactly Beaulieu, and there wasn’t a single car that could be described as being in ‘concourse condition’, but there was still plenty of interest when the estate of motor dealer and collector Robert Webb went under the hammer in north Wiltshire on Saturday (June 17).

When the chattels of the estate went under the hammer at Queen Street Field, Braydon there was nothing auctioneer Graham Singer of Moore Allen & Innocent wasn’t prepared to try and sell – from piles of kindling and telegraph poles to caravans filled with scrap metal across more than 300 lots.

But it was the two dozen or so cars that had attracted more than 100 people to the auction, held in blazing sunshine. Cars were sold as seen, with flat tyres, peeling paintwork, and bodywork where a pot of filler just wouldn’t cut it.

A few came with the log book. Some had keys. The auctioneers could not promise any of them would start, but still they sold.

A bright red Geep kit car with white star on the bonnet was among the first to sell, with the gavel – or in this case a shepherd’s crook – came down at £400, with another Geep – this one in bright yellow, but minus wheels - making £270.

A pair of Triumph Heralds sold for £40 and £50 respectively, with a third making £180, while a Citroën 2CV, with doors hanging open, made £20 while her sister – a Citroën Dyane 6 – fared a little better at £40 .

Five Reliant Scimitar coupés made £20, £50, £50, £100 and £375, while two Jago Samurais made £420 and £300, and a Jaguar S-Type 3.0 saloon achieved £80.

A Mercedes-Benz CLK 230 was snapped up for £100, while a circa 1989 Volkswagen Scirocco made £420 and a pair of late 80s Skoda Rapides – one with hard top, one in soft top option, commanded £200 each.

Elsewhere in the auction, a fish and chips trade van - complete with serving hatch - sold for £55, and a tractor - of indeterminable make - made £260 while a grey 1950s Ferguson T2 achieved £550, a tipper made £350, and a Fordson Super Major tractor with loader made £1,100.

Among a small collection of mopeds a Stanway scooter performed the best, with a winning bid of £320, while the star of the auction was a 1991 Land Rover Defender, which achieved £2,000.

The proceeds of Mr Webb’s estate have been largely bequeathed to charity.

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