Classic Van Auction Talk

Tuesday 31 May 2016


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RegistrationNMC 31K
Chassis NumberBABTLP26153
Engine NumberLP26153
Odometer reading63,207 miles
EstimateNo Reserve
Crayford coachbuilders had hardly got into their stride with the Mk. I convertible with only around fifty being built on C and D registrations when Ford told Crayford there would be an 'all new' Cortina for the October 1966 Motor Show. Crayford did not want to wait up to a year to develop a Mk. II Cortina so they asked Ford if they could supply a car now for development work but were told that no pre-production cars where available and, in any case, the car was top secret until press day. They did however agree to ship, in great secrecy, a Mk. II two-door shell and all the parts in kit form.

Crayford's directors and staff then began building the car at the Westerham factory and with only two weeks to go Director Jeff Smith set about converting the car into a Crayford convertible, virtually single-handed, working night and day on the project. The result was, that when the show opened on press day, The Ford Motor Company had on their stand No.143, an entire range of six, all new, Cortina saloons and GT's - but not far away on stand No.173, surrounded by a bevy of trendy dolly girls dressed in black and white chequered mini dresses, was a shiny metallic blue mink Crayford Cortina Mk. II with a white pvc hood.

The Crayford Cortina MK. II had become Crayford's best ever selling car but in 1970 the Ford Motor Company introduced an all new Mk. III Cortina with its distinctively American coke bottle look. Crayford followed on with a Mk. III Crayford Cortina which also took on a new direction, it was not even called a convertible, but a "Sunshine Conversion" in its press literature. Like French and Italian predecessors, it had a full length sunroof that folded all the way back down to the boot. Retaining its side -windows and roof gutters helped maintain more of the convertible's upper body strength. All Mk. I and II cars had to be stripped completely internally and then interiors rebuilt after the conversions, this was an expensive process that kept production down to two cars a week.

These special Crayford Convertibles make hens-teeth look rather commonplace, to find one in its original specification and fully restored is a treat indeed. Recorded on the Crayford register, this pristine example comes with a good history including photographs and bills for its restoration by Motorline of Sussex. Complete with a Mohair hood and new carpets, you will find the underside undersealed and a brand new clutch installed. With just three thought to be left in circulation, this would generate enormous interest at any Ford meet

Copyright: Historics 2016

Monday 30 May 2016

1991 AUDI COUPE 2.0E - DVCA 2-06-16

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ATHELHAMPTON HOUSE Near Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7LG

1991 AUDI COUPE 2.0E

Registration Number: H655 MRU
Chassis Number: WAUZZZ8BZMA004006
Engine Number: 3A109918
Transmission: Manual
Steering: Right Hand Drive
Mileage: 132534
Guide Price: £300 - 500

Lot No: 252
With a reputation for excellent German engineering and impeccable reliability, Audi is one of the market leaders today.
This 1991 Audi Coupe E starts and performs, but does require work and general recommissioning to obtain a new MOT test certificate. We are informed though that the three-owner motor car is well worth saving, certainly in preference to sending to the salvage yard!  With too many ongoing projects and limited spare time, the vendor has reluctantly decided to let this one go. The motor car is equipped with a ‘Cobra’ alarm and supplied with a large history file which includes the handbook, invoices, the V5C registration certificate, the MOT Test failure certificate dated 16 April 2016 and sundry paperwork. "Vorsprung durch Technik".
Auction Date: 2 June 2016

Friday 27 May 2016

1995 Nissan Mitsuoka Jaguar 1 - HISTORICS 11/06/16

JUNE 2016
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Our auction pick today has been ridiculed and like yesterday will not be to everyone's taste,but in someways play homage to the past

1995 Nissan Mitsuoka Jaguar 1

RegistrationM363 CDM
Chassis NumberHK11104638
Engine NumberTBC
Odometer reading94,718 miles
EstimateNo Reserve
Mitsuoka Motors is a small Japanese car company, noted for building unique cars with unconventional styling, some of which imitate British vehicles of the 1950s and 1960s. The company is primarily a coachbuilder, taking production cars for example the Nissan March and replacing various aspects of the bodywork with its own custom designs. Mitsuoka Motors has a sales outlet in the UK and is soon to launch the Mitsuoka Roadster in the UK which is based on a Mazda.
This Mitsuoka is based on a Nissan Micra, with the front styling similar to that of a Jaguar Mk. II. The vendor advises us that M363CDM drives with no known faults and with such items as power steering, electric windows, air conditioning and automatic transmission, this is a light easy car to drive around town in. Supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate this Mitsuoka is offered for sale without reserve.

Thursday 26 May 2016


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I can't resist posting today's auction lot, it won't be to everyone's 
taste but it's quirky and will be a talking point on the show circuit or a great business opportunity.


RegistrationBF52 LYS
Odometer reading78,000 miles
EstimateNo Reserve
We could discuss the LDV Pilot van that forms the skeleton of this strange offering but that would somehow defeat the object of the exercise. What I can tell you is that this curious vehicle has now made its way into the national subconscious on both sides of the Atlantic and represents one of the most famous and recognisable 'film-cars' of all time.
Dumb & Dumber was released in 1994 as a warm and humorous family film but it was the two leading men, giants in their field, which catapulted the film into the stratosphere and even spawned a sequel. Imbecilic best friends Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) stumble across a suitcase full of money left behind in Harry's car by Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly), who was on her way to the airport. The pair decide to go to Aspen, Colorado to return the money, unaware that it is connected to a kidnapping. As Harry and Lloyd, who has fallen in love with Mary, are pursued across the country by hired killers and police, they find both their friendship and their very meagre brains tested. 
This has been created as a faithful tribute to the original Mutts Cutts van, it is fully up and running and comes complete with an MoT test certificate. It has also been on a European tour raising money for the British Heart Foundation along with countless press and radio interviews along the way and to this day is highly popular with all young and old alike. 
If you want to make a statement or own a pet grooming parlour and want to corner the market in one fail swoop, then this is for you!

Wednesday 25 May 2016


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RegistrationPYW 670
Chassis Number9/550254
Engine Number13212
Odometer reading128,000 miles
Estimate£8,000 - £12,000
The Traction Avant, French for 'front-wheel drive', was designed by André Lefèbvre and Flaminio Bertoni in late 1933. While not the first produced front-wheel drive car, it was the world's first front-wheel drive, steel monocoque production car and successfully pioneered front-wheel drive on the European mass car market. Lefthand drive versions were built in Paris, Belgium and also Denmark; righthand drive cars in Slough, England. The Slough version was called the Light Fifteen and the long wheelbase model became the Big 15.
First registered on the 14th April, 1955 in London and presented in red with burgundy trim, this light 15 was purchased in the 1990's at a Sotheby's auction before becoming part of a collection in Ireland and then returning to the U.K. The original colour was grey but had a full engine-out respray in the early 1970s; it appears to have been executed to a very high standard, however given time, the paint is now showing its age. The original leather interior in dark burgundy has been well used and the rear seats have a beautiful patina.  Bakelite faux wood window trims are in superb order as is the wood dash and the fine dashboard instruments. Believed to have been restored in 1992, the engine received new pistons, liners and rings, valve guides and exhaust valves. In early 2014, the brakes were overhauled with new brake shoes front and rear and new brake hoses; it also boasts a full set of correct Michelin X tyres including the spare.  Over the past 18 months, the engine and transmission have seen work done with replaced or refurbished parts including: rebuilt gearbox, rebuilt dynamo, new voltage regulator, rebuilt Solex carburetor, new spark plugs, new points, new ignition coil, new condenser, new battery, new distributor cap and spark plug leads. The vendor states 'the car starts on the button and is a pleasure to drive' and is accompanied by various receipts of recent works, old MoT test certificates, a V5 registration document and green buff logbook from 1970.

Monday 9 May 2016

Volkswagen Westfalia Campmobile - BRIGHTWELLS

Wednesday 11th May 2016

Volkswagen Westfalia Campmobile SO44

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Lot number152
Estimate£30,000 - £35,000
DescriptionVolkswagen Westfalia Campmobile SO44
ColourBlue and white
Engine size1,500 cc
Chassis No.236076609
DocumentsRegistration in progress; NOVA documents; MOT April 2017
In a miracle of ‘tardis-like’ packaging, the VW Transporter used the same wheelbase as the Beetle, its uncompromising and boxy shape providing a huge amount of interior space and a useful 1000kgs payload - hard to believe that its footprint is virtually the same as the cramped saloon.
Performance wasn’t the main priority, the first vehicles using an asthmatic 1,131cc engine which was geared down to cope with the job in hand. In 1963 a more lively 1,493cc version of the air-cooled flat-four was introduced which lasted until the arrival of the bay-window in 1967.
As with many vehicles throughout history, the uses to which they were eventually put could never have been foreseen by the manufacturer, owners soon adapting them for their own purposes. In the case of the Transporter, the simple panel van was often used as accommodation, both for work and leisure. All-credit to Volkswagen, they soon saw what people were doing and started to offer a basic ‘camping box’ which included rudimentary storage and a simple bed.
Demand soon decreed something a bit more comfortable and Volkswagen enlisted the help of Westfalia to build full camping conversions which could be sold through the Volkswagen network. These beautifully finished ‘homes from home’ spawned a whole raft of locally produced conversions across the world, Volkswagen remaining happy to supply basic vans for modification, alongside their range-topping home-grown Campmobile.
Westfalia produced them in considerable numbers, fitting out the interiors with Baltic-sourced beech plywood units, a small pop-top to make it possible to stand up inside and a well-equipped kitchen. European supplied Westfalias were built on base Transporters supplied as ‘Special Order’ 44 units. Those destined for America used ‘Special Order’ 42 base vehicles which had different headlights and bumpers, although it was quite common for completed campers to shuffle back and forth between continents, so it is hardly surprising that this SO 44 European based Westfalia was imported four years ago from Georgia, USA.
Believed to be one of just 40 or so SO 44 Westfalias thought to have survived, this stunning example has been completely restored, having just emerged from a bare metal restoration including a respray back to its original colours. The bodyshell was stripped and rebuilt with a new load floor, cab floor, replacement cargo door bottoms and a new sill on the passenger side. 
It was then repainted Cumulus White over Sea Blue by Dale Tyler (renowned Hereford-based VW painter) and a fully detailed and correct 1,493cc single-port engine fitted which was bench tested prior to installation. The gearbox was checked and the brakes and suspension overhauled using many new parts including steering joints, shock absorbers, kingpins and link pins.
On the inside the seats were carefully retrimmed by Waboo of Fromes Hill, who placed new material over the original to preserve the Westfalia factory material. New wood carcasses were then made as exact copies of the originals, these new units retaining the Westfalia hardware along the way. The original units have been kept and are included in the sale.
In a further bid to keep the van as correct and original as possible, the ‘camping gaz’ cooker and fridge have been reinstalled (both untested) and the cab includes a retrimmed three-person bench seat covered in specialist US-supplied material, a restored steering wheel and a period Blaupunkt radio (which no doubt only plays the Beach Boys!).
Up above, the pop top has been fitted with what are thought to be NOS Westfalia bellows and an accurate copy of a Westfalia roof rack which has been further galvanised as per the original. The refurbished wheels have been sandblasted and repainted and fitted with the correct specifaction van tyres and a full set of new rubber seals fitted throughout.
Now complete, this extremely rare, desirable and carefully restored van is awaiting its registration number from the DVLA, which should have arrived in time for the sale. It is MOTd until April 2017. Ready to show, this extremely rare 51-year-old ‘Westy’ Campmobile is sure to create an enormous amount of interest where ever she goes.