27 January, 2014
Classic car enthusiasts will be excited to learn that a time-honoured series of cars are set to go under the hammer in East Anglia - with one heritage classic likely to steal all of the headlines.
At over 100 years of age, a 1909 Leon Bollee is expected to be one of the most sought-after models at the Anglia Car Auctions Classic event in King's Lynn, Norfolk on January 25. The car was built by French inventor and engineer Mr Bollee, who developed an interest in car-making and was soon widely known among the French public for his quality vehicles.
The 1909 Leon Bollee was stored for over four decades but is described as "solid" and amazingly, still turns freely. It is expected to fetch between a cool £18,000 and £20,000 - a tantalising prospect for anyone with a penchant for nostalgia. Also up for auction is a rare 1955 BMW 501 - the very first model the German car maker produced following the end of World War II.
Other highlights include a 1978 Saab 99 Turbo, which is hugely popular among fans of the premium Swedish brand. The model on offer has been dry-stored for around 30 years and could be an excellent restoration project. Two Alfa Romeo rarities are also due to be sold, including a 1978 Alfasud driven by former British Touring Car champion Steve Soper and a 1988 Spider which comes with an estimate of only £500. Another 150 classic vehicles are set to go under the hammer, including a 1949 Double Decker Bus, a 1981 Austin Allegro and a 1933 Morris Major.
As well as project cars, the sale includes a healthy selection of road-ready classics. For starters, a trio of late ‘90s Minis, all taxed and MoT’d with estimates ranging from £2,800 to £4,700. These are joined by an immaculate 1963 Riley Elf that has covered just 19,000 miles since new. It carries an estimate of £8,500 to £9000.
Caption: The 1909 Leon Bollee is is described as 'solid' and still turns freely