Monday, November 12, 2012

Little Car with a Big Price

A 1966 Mini Cooper sold for double its estimate at the Charterhouse sale of classic cars at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet on Sunday 4th November.

“This Mini Cooper had all the right ingredients to bring big bucks on the sale day and it did not disappoint. It was recently pulled out of a garage in near Bournemouth where its first and only owner put it into back in the hot summer of 1976. He worked on cruise ships and as a result was often away at sea which resulted in it travelling just over 22,000 miles in 10 years.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “Despite the sale day morning starting with snow and flooding, there were several hundred buyers at the auction along with telephone and live internet bidders. Bidding on the Mini started at £8,000 and quickly climbed to £16,000 when the hammer fell to a collector of Mini’s.”
Elsewhere, in the auction, a Jaguar E Type Roadster sold for £28,000, a 1972 Vanden Plas 1300 £4,500, a 1970 MG 1300 £4,000, a 1978 Karmann Beetle cabriolet (left hand drive) £6,000, a 1937 Morris 8 £5,300, a 1960 MGA roadster £16,500, and a 1966 Ford Transit £3,000. Requiring restoration were a barn find 1935 Armstrong Siddeley which sold for £2,700, a Rover 12, again another barn find, £2,300 and a 1930 MG M Type Le Man replica, requiring finishing for £7,200.
Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their busy programme of auctions including coins, medals, stamps, model toys and collectors items in December followed by an auction of pictures, prints and books in January and then classic cars in February.
To arrange a free home visit or for more information regarding these auctions  please contact Matthew Whitney, Associate Partner at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email on

Matthew Whitney and the 1966 Mini Cooper, one owner and just over 22,000 miles from new, sold for £16,000
A 1973 Jaguar E Type Roadster sold for £28,000
A 1935 Armstrong Siddeley barn find project sold for £2,700
A 1972 Vanden Plas 1300 sold for £4,500
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