Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Clockwork Orange

A wonderful Compagnie Industrielle du Jouet (CIJ) Alfa Romeo P2 clockwork tin plate racing car has been consigned for the next Charterhouse Classic Car, Motorcycle and Automobilia auction at the Royal Bath and West Showground Shepton Mallet, on Sunday 12 February 2012.

'This rare clockwork model from the 1920s, which has been in the client's possession for 70 years, had pride of place on her bookcase. On one of our  free home visits, I valued it as having an estimate of between £1,200 and £1,500,' commented Matthew Whitney.  'This particular P2 is in the most appealing original condition.  It has beautifully patinated and faded Rosso coachwork, faux cracked leather seats, the correct cloverleaf decals and racing numbers.  Models as original as this rarely come on to the market, and as such are highly prized by collectors.'

Also entered in the auction is a fully rebuilt 1976 Ford Capri 1600 GL, having been with the current owner since 1977, and driven for nearly 250,000 miles during that that time.  In recent years, since the restoration, it has had a more pampered life, attending the odd classic car show and used for high days and holidays. Matthew continues 'Fords manufactured in the 1970s/80s are becoming increasingly popular with enthusiasts, with prices rising accordingly.  This Capri is ideally placed for selling, as the auction is being held in conjunction with the
Footman James Ford Show and Great Western Autojumble.'

For more details of this auction or to consign a vehicle or automobilia, please contact Matthew Whitney at the Charterhouse head office on 01935 812277, or via email at

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