Classic Collection Goes Under The Hammer

21 February, 2014

A former businessman is putting his lifetime collection of classic cars under the hammer at a secret location this spring.

The Devonian is selling 17 vehicles, mainly British classics, at an unnamed East Devon farm near Exeter on April 5 and 6. The farm buildings are packed with classic cars and hundreds of miniature models, the Exeter Express and Echo reported.

The stars of the auction will include a rare Alvis TE21 convertible, one of less than 100 made. A Triumph TR5, a 1953 MG TD, a 1984 Sierra XR4i complete with huge rear spoiler, and an early 1960s Austin Mini Countryman will also be up for auction.

Sports car lovers may be tempted by a 1966 MGB roadster and its rooter’s alternative, the Sunbeam Alpine in 1725 series V form.

The former Singapore chief of police's 1950s Humber Hawk estate is offering a rare restoration opportunity. The Humber has been “tropicalised”, boasting vinyl rather than leather seats, to prevent too much sweating in hot weather.

There are also hundreds of Dinky, Matchbox and Corgi models available. Other items include badges, mascots, enamel signs, books, tools and spares, besides pedals and bicycles.

The precise location will not be revealed until 10 days before the auction, the newspaper reported. The businessman's failing health means that he is no longer able to drive the vehicles - and he cannot even get in some of them.

David Williams, proprietor of auction house Ottervale Auction Company, said of the collection: “It has been accumulated over the years and is really a collection of a lifetime.” Mr Williams said there is a “huge” interest in classic cars just now and a large attendance is expected.

He added: “He has taken the decision to sell while he is still able to have some input in the sale and, of course, see them pass into good hands.”

Caption - Going under the hammer: An early 1960s Austin Mini Countryman like this will be up for auction