HUGE FORD COL­LEC­TION UP FOR SALE

More than 70 ev­ery­day clas­sics go to auc­tion as en­thu­si­ast thins his fleet – we pick 10 of the best

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Front Page - www.pro­truck­auc­tions.co.uk Nick Larkin

One of the big­gest ever sales of a sin­gle col­lec­tion of ‘worka­day’ clas­sics will be held in Peter­bor­ough, Cambs, on 23 April. More than 70 cars go un­der the ham­mer from Suf­folk haulier Gary Cooper, with es­ti­mates from £750 to over £20,000.

Ex­pect fren­zied bid­ding on de­lights such as a Ford Cortina Lo­tus MkII with 4753 miles on the clock, as well as a se­lec­tion of 2016’s must-have clas­sic, the Capri, that in­cludes a 1974 3000GT auto, a pair of 1600XLs, and two 3.0 Ghias.

The big­gest ever Bri­tish auc­tion of ‘worka­day’ clas­sics from one col­lec­tion is for sale af­ter the owner ad­mits he got ‘car­ried away’.

More than 70 clas­sic cars will go un­der the ham­mer with 130 trucks and lor­ries on 23 April at the East of Eng­land Show­ground, Peter­bor­ough, Cambs, in a Protruck Auc­tions sale. All the ve­hi­cles be­long to Suf­folk haulier Gary Cooper. Es­ti­mates are from £750 to above £20,000 and apart from a 1999 Bent­ley Turbo R once owned by Gary’s par­ents there is lit­tle by way of ex­ot­ica – with Ford be­ing the most prom­i­nent mar­que.

Ex­pect fren­zied bid­ding on de­lights such as a Ford Cortina Lo­tus MkII with 4753 miles, as well as a se­lec­tion of 2016’s must-have clas­sic, the Capri, that in­cludes a 1974 3000GT auto, a pair of 1600XLs, and two 3.0 Ghias.

Also of spe­cial in­ter­est is a 1962 Austin A35 pick-up con­verted from a van to an ex­tremely high stan­dard and Mi­nis rang­ing from a Mini 30 to a rare Scamp and even a four-door con­vert­ible ‘limou­sine’ bought by Gary for his wed­ding.

‘I have al­ways col­lected lor­ries – I was brought up with them,’ says Gary. ‘I’ve also loved cars since I first drove an Austin Seven with ex­tended ped­als when I was five years old. I got the bug to col­lect them five or six years ago. How­ever, I just got car­ried away and we ran out of space.

‘We had to cut down and I’ve de­cided I’m re­ally a com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles man, so all the cars have to go. It was a tough de­ci­sion and I’ll re­ally miss them but hope­fully they’ll go to good homes where other peo­ple can en­joy them.’

The sale rep­re­sents a new di­rec­tion for Don­caster-based Protruck Auc­tions. Spokesman Char­lie Wright says: ‘We’ve sold thou­sands of com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles over the years but never cars. We’ve known Gary for many years and are very much look­ing for­ward to the event.’

More than 70 cars will be sold at the East of Eng­land Show­ground, Peter­bor­ough dur­ing Truck­fest, in­clud­ing this rare Capri 3.0-litre GT.

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