Col­lec­tor calls time

High-pro­file Scot be­gins dis­per­sal of life­time hobby

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

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.sil­ver­stoneauc­

Fin­ished in ma­roon with a blue leather in­te­rior and 44,706 miles on the speedome­ter, this AC will need sig­nif­i­cant restora­tion work. BARN FIND

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