Friday, December 17, 2010

You can be sure of Shell

To kick start the New Year, Charterhouse will be selling a large Shell collection in their Classic Car, Motorcycle and Automobilia auction on Sunday 13th February at The Footman James Restoration Show.

Consigned from a Somerset fuel suppliers, the collection has been amassed over the last 50 years and includes many enamel signs, petrol pump globes, prints, advertising and related items estimated to sell for several thousands of pounds.

“It is a comprehensive collection, the likes of which rarely come to the market.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “It’s quite amazing to think that they have been in only one family ownership for the past several decades and will now go to only their second owner.”

Also entered in this sale is a 1973 Ford Escort Mexico Historic Group 2 rally car from a Cornish client. This has been fully rebuilt from a bare shell with receipts of over £60,000 and if offered for auction at a fraction of the re-build cost. This will be a turn key solution for any budding competitor in historic rallying and would enable them to compete immediately without having to go through the expense of having to source and rebuild a similar car. 

For further information regarding this auction, or for advice on how to enter a vehicle or automobilia, please contact Matthew Whitney, Head of Department, at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3BS, 01935 812277
or via email

A Shell Cars For Hire enamel sign
A Ford Escort Mexico Historic Group 2 Rally Car £25,000-28,000

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Cars in all Shapes and Sizes at Charterhouse

The monster Vauxhall Magnum V8 racer £25,000-35,000
The Charterhouse autumn auction programme offers collectors and dealers of model cars and classic cars a great opportunity to add valuable and rare items into their garages and cabinets. First up on Thursday 21st October is a sale devoted to model vehicles and trains, which is then followed on Sunday 7th October with a sale of classic cars at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet.

“We have been instructed to sell a huge selection of Dinky, Corgi and other models from a Dorset client. There are probably somewhere in the region of over 2,000 models, some of which are play worn and some of which are in their original boxes, it is the largest collection I have seen for several years.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “This auction is then followed by our classic car sale which includes one of the best selection of vehicles we have had the please to be instructed to sell including a 1919 Model T Ford through to a very special Vauxhall Magnum known as The John Pope Special. This is far from standard and is fitted with a sanctioned Aston Martin V8 engine with Le Mans cylinder heads, bolted onto which are two massive turbo’s. It is quite a monster and was raced extensively in the early to mid 1970’s.”

Amongst the Dinky and Corgi cars there are some real little gems, There are motors from James Bond films, complete with rockets and other gadgets to Police cars with detailed engine bays and steering suspension, and with estimates from £50 up to a few hundred, there will be something for every collector. In the full size cars, there are several convertibles including an Austin Healey 3000, Morris Minor and Beetle convertibles, an Armstrong Siddley tourer and two well detailed and authentic replica cars in the shape of a Ferrari Daytona convertible and a Jaguar SS100 convertible, each being about the tenth of the cost of the real thing.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for both of these sales. For further information or to arrange a free home visit to have you classic car or Dinky models valued, please contact Matthew Whitney at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne DT9 3BS or via email

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Top Marques at Charterhouse Classic Car Auction

July 18th 2010
Classics @ The Castle
Sherborne, Dorset

The Charterhouse 18th July auction of classic and vintage cars at Sherborne Castle, Dorset looks to be another great success for this Dorset company with many top marque motors up for auction.

“We have covered many miles across the West Country advising clients on their classic cars such as vendor of a fine Rolls Royce series II Corniche Convertible.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “And now it appears summer is now well and truly upon us, this Corniche Convertible looks resplendant in red with a black leather interior piped in red and with an automatic hood. Powered by a fuel injected V8 engine with ABS it is just one of 1226 of the series made and looks certain to be a perennial favourite with buyers.”

Whilst this beautiful Rolls Royce is in fine condition, the same vendor has also decided to sell his Mk VI Bentley, but with a difference. The original engine blew up and is now replaced with a Daf lorry 8 litre 6 cylinder diesel engine! The vendor reports a 0-60 second sprint time of about 5 seconds, but not much speed after that! With plenty of torque on offer, the car would make either an excellent towing car for vintage racers or it will appeal for someone looking for a project they can improve on.

Also entered is a 1925 Gardner Town Coupe which has been owned by the vendor for ten years, at £18,000-22,000. Some twelve years younger, is a rare 1937 Morris GPO engineers van which is believed to be just one of three in existence and is up for £8,000-10,000. In the post war section, there is a 1953 MG TD at £15,000-18,000, a 1963 Morris Minor Mini £1,500-2,000, a Triumph Stag £7,000-9,000, a 1974 Aston Martin V8 £18,000-22,000, and a Somerset Morris Minor which has spent the vast majority of its life in one garage at £4,000-5,000.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for this auction classic cars and motorbikes on Sunday 16th July. For further information regarding these sale, or to arrange a free home visit, please contact the Matthew Whitney, Head of Department at Charterhouse in Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email

Rolls Royce Corniche Convertible £23,000-25,000

Bentley Mk VI diesel powered £6,000-8,000

Morris GPO engineers van £8,000-10,000

Morris Minor Mini £1,500-2,000

Sunday 18th July 2010

Classic Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia
Classics @ The Castle, Sherborne DT9 5NR

Catalogues are £10 on the door or £12 by post, and admit 2 people to the auction. Alternatively you are able to by a wristband which will allow entry to the auction for £5 per person, with no catalogue.

You will also need to buy tickets to gain entry to the show at the gate.

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We anticipate this will be a very exciting sale, with a record number of vehicles consigned to sale at this stage.

The preview page will be updated regularly - please check!
Vehicles already consigned for the sale include:

A 1970 Ford Escort 1300 Super, full service history, including original bill of sale £3,000 - 3,500

1951 Wolseley 1500 Black, for restoration with many spares

1966 MGB GT, dry storage for 40 plus years

A Trojan Toraktor, very rare tractor made between 1961-1964 and 1 of 500 made , estimate £1,500 - 2,000

A 1978 Triumph Bonneville 750 , estimate £2,200 - 2,500

1966 Austin Healey 3000 Mk III phase II, fully restored , estimate £28,000 - 30,000

A 1951 Jowett Javalin De-Lux, recent engine rebuild and it was featured in the film Viera Darke £4,500 - 5,000A 1975 Honda CB 400/four, lady owner, estimate £800 - 1,000

A 1948 Bentley Mk VI standard steel saloon, fitted with an 8 litre diesel engine "a wolf in sheep's clothing", estimate £6,000 - 8,000

A 1973 Bentley T1, one family owned from new, estimate £2,500 - 3,500

A 1980 Buick Le Sabre limited four door saloon, 23,300 miles from new with full service history, estimate £3,500 - 4,500

A 1997 Mercedes Benz 320 SL, full service history and panoramic hardtop, estimate £9,000 - 10,000

A 1953 MGTD, older restoration with bills for £14,000, estimate £15,000 - £18,000

A 1957 Morris Minor two door saloon, one family owned from new with the valuable registration number 4AYA, estimate £4,000 - 5,000

A 1989 Porche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, recent engine rebuild, new black carpets and electric mohair softtop, estimate £11,000 - 13,000

A 1982 Rolls Royce Corniche convertible, estimate £23,000 - 26,000

A rare 1939 Morris 8 Post Office Engineer 5 cwt light van, fully restored with photographic record, estimate £8,000 - 10,000

A 1925 Gardener town coupe with coach work by Brougham, estimate £18,000 - 22,000

A 1963 Morris Mini Minor, 37,500 miles from new, estimate £1,500 - 2,500

A 1974 Aston Martin V8 mark II, 44,000 miles from new, estimate £18,000 - £22,000

A 1953 MGTD, older restoration with bills for £14,000, estimate £15,000 - £18,000

A 1972 Triumph Stag, manual overdrive, full restoration, estimate £8,000 - £10,000

A 1974 Lotus Elan +2S130/5, rebuilt in 1998 with bills for £16,000, nominal mileage since, estimate £6,500 - 7,000

A 1973 Bentley T1, one family owned from new, estimate £2,500 - 3,500

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Classic & Racing Cars Nov 7th 2010 (page 2)

An 1967 historic rally prepared Austin Healey Sprite £5,000 - 6,000

A John Pope Vauxhall magnum Aston Martin DBS V8 twin turbo charged super sports saloon £25,000 - 35,000

A 1967 Austin Healey 3000 MKIII £28,000 - 32,000

A 1933 Armstrong Siddley 15 HP tourer, in original condition, current owner for over 40 years £10,000 - 15,000

A 1919 Ford Model T tourer, in very original condition, current owner of over 40 years £6,000 - 8,000

A 1970 Citreon ID 19 saloon, low mileage, two owner car with recent bills for £7,000 £3,600 - 4,200

A Jaguar SS100 replica, 300 miles since completion £22,000 - 25,000

A replica Ferrari Daytona Spyder, less than 5,000 miles since completion, original Daytona bumpers, made by Southern Autocraft £20,000 - 25,000

Classic & Racing Cars Nov 7th 2010 (page 3)

Classic & Racing Cars Nov 7th 2010 (page 3)

A 1972 Morris Minor van, a great advertising tool £2,000 - 2,500

A circa 1950 Fordson tractor, full restoration £1,250 - 1,500

A 1968 Jaguar 420, barn find, totally original and one owner from new £1,000 - 2,000

A 1948 Sunbeam Talbot 80, new leather interior, last on the road in 2001 £1,000 - 1,500

A 1987 Ford Capri 280, one owner and 9,500 miles from new, full service history including original bill of of sale £9,700.07 £9,000 - 11,000

A 1936 Austin Seven Ruby MKII £3,500 - 4,000

Classics @ the Castle 18th July 2010 (page 4)

A 1960 Morris Minor Traveller, valuable registration number YAA 241 and new MOT £2,600 - 2,800

A 1997 Caterham classic narrow body, 1.6 Vauxhall DOHC 8 valve engine with twin 40 Webber carburettors £7,000 - 8,000

A 1973 Triumph Stag, lady owned for 20 years, no MOT £3,500 - 4,000

A 1979 Rolls Royce Shadow II, 57,000 miles from new, previous titled owner £5,000 - 6,000

A 1967 Morris Minor, 2 door saloon, fully rebuilt by retired engineer £4,000 - 5,000

MGTD: A 1954 MGTD, restored running gear, new MOT £13,500 - 15,500

Monday, January 11, 2010

February 13th & 14th Classic Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia Auction

Footman James Great Western Show and Autojumble
Royal Bath & West Showground

Please view details of the rest of the show on the Bristol Classic Car Show Web Site

Classic's already submmitted to the auction include 'Morris Minor Million' as featured in Classics February 2010 issue and:

A 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL, registration number YRW 623L, chassis number 2285404, engine number 2285404, yellow with black vinyl roof and black coachlines and script. The BMW CSL (Coupé Sport Leicht) was the lightweight homologation version of the 3.0 CS. Utilising thinner gauge steel, bespoke aluminium panels (doors, bonnet & boot), slimmer glass and less sound deadening, this reduced the overall weight by 300 lbs compared to the standard CS coupé. This very rare lightweight coupé is one of 500 right hand drive examples, this being No 404. The specification and equipment levels were high with all-round independent suspension, Getrag 5-speed gearbox, 3003cc straight 6 engine with Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection. The performance figures are still impressive by today's standards with 0-60 mph time of 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 149 mph when new. The current vendor purchased the CSL in 1981 and used it as his everyday transport until 1986. The coupé has been kept in dry storage since. The indicated 67,000 miles is believed to be genuine. The history file contains the last MOT dated November 1986, owner's handbook and various magazine articles. The CSL will now require careful recommissioning and localised restoration to retain the originality and should appeal to any BMW collector. V5, no current MOT or tax £3,000 - 5,000

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A 1979 HONDA CB250N SUPERDREAM MOTORCYCLE, registration number YYE 679T, frame number CB250N2012571, engine number CB250NE201578, blue. This very original two owner motorcycle has covered a believed genuine 2,800 miles from new and the current vendor purchase it direct from the first owner. The air-cooled over head cam parallel twin Superdream has a 6-speed gearbox and a pair of bespoke panniers. The history file contains a workshop manual, owner's handbook, old MOT's, tax discs and manufacturer's hand tools. V5C, MOTed to May 2010 and tax £600 - 800

THE HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT ONE MILLIONTH MORRIS MINOR 1000 SALOON, registration number 1 MHU, chassis number M-A2S3/1000000, engine number 503889, originally 9M-U-H/504066, lilac. The millionth Morris Minor rolled off the No 1 assembly line at the giant Cowley Works on the 22nd December 1960. Its designer Alec Issigonis was there with other Nuffield organisation top brass to savour the success of a car which had captured the hearts of the British public. The publicity department played their part, issuing a press release on 4th January 1961 entitled The Morris Minor Million - a Great Engineering and Commercial Achievement, which went on to tell of the feat unique in the history of the British Motoring Industry i.e. the production of one million vehicles of a common design - the greatest British-made seller in any class. The Millionth Minor, one of 349 Specials produced, 318 were sold on the UK home market, 31 left-hand drive models were exported to North America and 9 to Europe. Based on a standard 1961 2-door saloon, the Millionth Specials were painted in eye-catching lilac. They received a luxurious white leather interior with black piping, white door cards, black carpets and grey sun visors, externally they bore extra chrome rings on the wheel trims and unique 1,000,000 badgeing.

The actual Millionth Minor was passed from the Nuffield Group publicity department to the National Union of Journalists on the 20th April 1961 for use in a National fund raising campaign in aid of the British Red Cross, and was subsequently raffled on National television. The lucky winner was a Miss Susan George from Wales, who was too young to drive at the time and it was subsequently sold to the local postman.

The Millionth Minor came to the attention of the current owner in 1970 when visiting his holiday home in Dyfed Wales, still going strong, although now painted red. In 1971 the car was involved in an accident when it slid into a ditch damaging the driver's side.

The current owner purchased the car soon after the accident and trailered it back to his Birmingham home. Two further house moves and two decades passed before restoration took place at Northbrook College in Worthing, where it received a full restoration by Derek Smith, a Senior Lecturer in Motor Vehicle Studies. There is a vast history file with the car within five document wallets containing receipts totalling approximately £15,000 for the restoration, various magazine and newspaper articles relating to the car, photographs of the rebuild, Heritage Certificate and old MOT's. The car has been dry stored in recent years due to pressure of work and has only covered a nominal mileage since the restoration. This is a unique opportunity to purchase an historically significant vehicle and a small piece of the British motoring history. RF60, V5, no current MOT, currently on SORN £18,000 - 22,000

A 1960 ROVER 80 P4, registration number 631 RPH, chassis number 645002463, engine number 645002776, green. The Rover 80 was introduced in 1960 and continued in production for two years until 1962, and had the 2286cc four cylinder engine mated to a Solex carburettor producing 77bhp when new. This three owner Rover 80 has covered a believed genuine 37,199 miles and has cream leather interior with walnut dashboard and door cappings, and a 4-speed gearbox with overdrive. The history file contains all MOTs, tax discs and some service history, the vendor informs us that he has known the two previous owners to verify the mileage. V5, MOT to July 2010, tax exempt £2,500 - 3,000

A 1977 TRIUMPH TR7 COUPÉ, registration number OTC 730R, chassis number ALG 14140A, engine number CG009632HEA, white. This time warp TR7 has had two registered keepers from new and covered a believed genuine 16,000 miles. The first lady owner sold it to the current vendor in 2000 and it has been part of a small private collection since. The current vendor has undertaken some preventative maintenance work including a new cylinder head gasket, radiator, tyres and a full service. This rare automatic coupé has red carpets, black vinyl and red tartan upholstered seats, radio/cassette and electric aerial. The history file contains a full service history with all old MOT's, original owner's handbook, and workshop manual. V5C, V5, MOT to May 2010, currently on SORN £3,000 - 3,500

A 1976 AUSTIN ALLEGRO 1500 VANDEN PLAS, registration number NYB 805P, chassis number VF4SJ-232183A, engine number 36544, Pageant Blue with gold coach lines. The luxury version of the Allegro was introduced in 1974 and continued in production until 1980 when manufacture ceased. This three owner Vanden Plas has covered a believed genuine 46,477 miles, and has a cream leather interior with walnut dashboard and door cappings, thick carpets, extra sound deadening and rear picnic tables (which were very unusual for a mass produced car from the 1970's). The history file contains the original Austin passport to service with eight stamps, old MOT's, tax discs, owner's handbook and some service history. The vendor informs us that he has known this Somerset registered Allegro from new (purchased from Bartletts of Wells) and the two previous owners to verify the mileage. V5, V5C, MOT to September 2010, currently on SORN £700 - 1,000