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.