Barn find classics to be sold at the Historics of Brooklands auction

Article by Christian A., on September 11, 2011

Historics will have an auction on October 22 at Brooklands, featuring various vintage vehicles including no fewer than nine fascinating barn find ‘classics’ and restoration projects, many with no reserve. Even with the obvious demands, a restoration doesn’t have to be undertaken with anxiety. In fact, the task offers huge rewards when done correctly.

One of the vehicles to be auctioned is the 1954 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT Coupe, which was designed by engineering icon Vittorio Jano. It is said to be sophisticated and sporty enough for the likes of racing legends Mike Hawthorn and Juan Manuel Fangio.

Furthermore, it is one of a limited number produced and since there are no reserves, its value could soar with a sympathetic refurbishment. A 1923 La France ‘Raceabout’ from the US emergency and vocational vehicle manufacturer American La France will also be a part of the auction.

It boasts of an intriguing history within which to become a part. This speedster, presented as a complete chassis, still showcases wooden artillery-style wheels in good condition, running gear, as well as a masterful six-cylinder, twin spark plug, 105bhp engine that presents a perfect project for hands-on restoration.

Fans of 1950s vehicles will likely be at the auction to watch out for the 1953 Jaguar XK120 ‘DHC’ which needs a little work even if it has spent 40 years in a barn, as well as complementary matching numbers 1954 Singer 4AD Roadster and a trio of Bristols.

Moreover, a 1954 and a 1955 Bristol 405 and their successor 1959 Bristol 406, all from the stable of brand legend Brian May, are also available in the action. They will be offered without gearbox and engine, but its beautifully contoured bodywork is intact.

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BARN-FIND BONANZA

Classic car collectors and enthusiasts alike, all eager to heed the call of the hobby and become immersed in motoring history, will head to Brooklands on Saturday October 22nd for Historics’ latest auction, which includes no fewer than nine intriguing barn find ‘classics’ and restoration projects, many with no reserve.

Despite obvious demands, a restoration needn’t be something tackled with trepidation, and conducted correctly, can yield hugely rewarding results, both emotionally and financially.

A 1954 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT Coupe – designed by engineering icon Vittorio Jano – offers not only the opportunity to own a car considered sporty and sophisticated enough for the likes of racing legends Juan Manuel Fangio and Mike Hawthorn, but also the knowledge that as one of a limited number ever built and with no reserve, its value could soar with a sympathetic restoration.

While taking on a project can offer a return on investment, the draw of becoming part of its history is often the key for classic fans and collectors alike, and a 1923 La France ‘Raceabout’, from the US emergency and vocational vehicle manufacturer, American La France, boasts an intriguing chronology within which to become a part.

Presented as a complete chassis, the speedster still features wooden artillery style wheels in good order, running gear, and a masterful six-cylinder, twin spark plug, 105bhp engine that presents a perfect project for hands-on restoration.

Of other Lots, fans of fifties motoring will find a 1953 Jaguar XK120 ‘DHC’ in need of little work despite spending 40 years in a barn, a matching numbers 1954 Singer 4AD Roadster, and a trio of Bristols; a 1954 and a 1955 Bristol 405 and their successor, a 1959 Bristol 406, all offered without engine and gearbox but with the beautifully contoured bodywork intact, and all from the stable of marque legend Brian May.

Completing the list of barn finds on offer at Historics sale, is a French-built 1934 Hotchkiss Cabourg 413, that while in need of some re-commissioning, is free from rust, and a 1963 Jaguar Mk. II that represents not only an uncomplicated restoration but also a platform for a D-Type or C-Type replica project.

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