BARN FINDS SELL AS ART

Af­ter years in hid­ing, these clas­sics are be­ing of­fered at a fine arts gallery auc­tion

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‘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.’

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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.

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