BARN FINDS SELL AS ART
After years in hiding, these classics are being offered at a fine arts gallery auction
‘Seeing the cars in the barn was remarkable – it was a real wow moment’ AUCTION HOUSE CAR VALUER
An auction gallery specialising in fine art has stumbled upon four of the most spectacular British barn finds so far in 2016.
Two Jaguars, a Morris and a Ford were found on the opposite sides of Sheffield, Yorkshire, and will be offered at Sheffield Auction Gallery’s Antique and Fine Art sale, held on 30 September.
The first discovery was a 1933 twodoor Ford 8hp Model Y, that was last driven in 1965 and has been in dry storage ever since. The black ‘Short Rad’ with green interior has had just two owners from new and comes with 12,698 miles on the clock and its original FA 5086 registration. Despite being in complete ruins, it comes with an estimate of £2800.
From the other side of the city comes a single owner collection featuring two Jaguars and a Morris Minor Traveller, all of which will be sold with no reserve.
The 1966 Jaguar S-type 3.8S in navy blue with original registration 1063 LG has been in hibernation since 1979, while a red 3.4 S-type from the same year with 66,000 miles recorded, has been laid up since 1981.
Sharing the same barn since 1995 is a grey Morris Minor Traveller, also registered in 1966, that still has its original registration, JWJ 20D.
The auction house only occasionally sells cars, with most motors passing through the gallery being modern hatchbacks from deceased estates.
The auction house’s car valuer Benjamin Johnson explains: ‘They came from two separate clients. The Ford Model Y’s owner was downsizing, and put his house on the market. It was sat in his barn, and being a petrolhead, of course I wanted to handle the car’s sale.
‘Our client with the Jaguars and Morris just mentioned in passing about a few old cars in his garage. I knew what vehicles he had, but seeing them in his barn was remarkable. It had phenomenal lighting and ambiance. It was a real wow moment.
‘Time has unfortunately taken its toll on these iconic British cars and they are looking for new owners to wake them from the dead and breathe life into them once again. As three of the four cars have no reserve, the sale could make just hundreds, or it might make as much as £10,000!’
Markets editor Richard Barnett comments: ‘The Ford’s good and is worth saving. The Jaguars look pretty bad and might be parts cars now. Where they are being sold could make them cheap.’
Sharing a barn with the two Jaguars is a Morris Minor Traveller that’s also looking for a passionate new owner. One of two 1966 Jaguar S-types found in a Sheffield barn, where it has been stored for 37 years.