Collector calls time
High-profile Scot begins dispersal of lifetime hobby
Part of one man’s collection of classic cars, including three ‘barn finds’, will be sold with no reserve this month.
The mystery seller has called time on his collection due to his age – with at least seven of his cars going up for grabs at Silverstone Auctions’ Silverstone Classic sale on 30-31 July.
The car likely to attract the most attention – and the strongest bids – is a 1952 AC 2-Litre. Just 1284 2-Litre saloons were produced at AC’s Surrey factory between 1947 and 1956. This two-door example has an aluminium-panelled body fitted to a wooden frame, mounted on a steel chassis. It also has hydraulic dampers, a first for AC.
Harry Whale, operations manager and classic car specialist at Silverstone Classic says: ‘He’s a high profile collector based in Scotland and has been collecting since he was 16. He’s now approaching a time in his life where he doesn’t want to look after such a vast collection. The barn finds are just that. He stored several cars in his barn. The AC has been sitting there for around 20 years – but importantly the engine does turn over when connected to a new battery. With no reserve, we think it’ll be really popular on the day.’
Whale declines to divulge the size of the vendor’s collection. Murray Scullion www.silverstoneauctions.com
Finished in maroon with a blue leather interior and 44,706 miles on the speedometer, this AC will need significant restoration work. BARN FIND