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Little Classics News: 17 October 2013

Real Life Matchbox Van up for Sale

Barons Auction: Matchbox VanA ‘real life matchbox van, built in 1937 as an advertising vehicle for England’s Glory matches, is set to drive into enthusiasts’ affections when it appears at Barons’ sale at Sandown Park on 29th October. It forms part of a diverse auction entry which includes restoration projects, some rare and beautifully-presented classics and future classics (including an ex-Royal Household Jaguar) and a selection of automobilia.

While considerably bigger than the Matchbox scale models beloved by collectors everywhere (so unlikely to fit on a shelf or in a collectables’ cabinet) this delightful little van has the distinct advantage that, based around a 1932 Austin Seven, it can actually be driven on the road. It was comprehensively restored about 30 years ago, and is now due for a refresh, so is offered as a fascinating rolling restoration with an estimate of between £12,000 and £15,000.

The van is not the only restoration project in this particular sale. One 1954 Ford Prefect/Anglia 100E has clearly been loved at some point in its life, as it bears a Ford Sidevalve Owners Club badge. However, the vendor inherited the car when he bought his house, as the house seller didn’t want the bother of moving the Anglia. Consequently it is being offered for sale in the hope of finding an enthusiast who will take it home and cherish it as it deserves. A bargain at £500 to £700.

A 1969 Daimler 250 V8 Saloon restoration project, part of a large Jaguar/Daimler collection, has spent the past six years in a barn and is ready for major restoration. It is said to be the 71st from last ever built, and possibly one of the oldest surviving examples. Estimate: £1,000-£1,500.

A lovely 1957 MGA Roadster, believed to have been in the hands of its last owner since the early 1970s, is in need of a complete restoration. Estimate: £3,750-£5,000.

One classic car of the future is a 2007 Jaguar Sovereign 4.2 that was supplied new to The Royal Household. In addition to the top-of-the-range package of refinements expected with a Sovereign model, this car has added luxuries for the chauffeured rear occupant such as rear multi-media/ televisions, ‘Daimler style’ fold away business tables, and a power heated rear bench seating with an additional facility so that the passenger front seat can be electrically adjusted from the rear. The extensive history file that accompanies the car includes photographs of Prince Charles leaving the vehicle during an official engagement, and a letter from the factory. Estimate: £19,000-£22,000.

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