Ox­ford-built bo­nanza

Charles Swain’s col­lec­tion of pre-war clas­sics to go un­der the auc­tion ham­mer next month

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK - www.hol­lowaysauc­tion­eers.co.uk

Nine pre-war cars and a mo­tor­cy­cle from the well-known Charles Swain col­lec­tion are to be auc­tioned at his Ox­ford­shire home next month.

Hol­loway’s Auc­tion­eers of Ban­bury will hold the sale on the Ad­der­bury site on 18 Fe­bru­ary.

In­cluded in the sale are a 1923 Mor­ris Cow­ley Bull­nose two-seater and dickey tourer, a 1927 Mor­ris Cow­ley Flat­nose Se­ries 1 two-seater and dickey tourer, and a 1929 Rolls-Royce II fit­ted with bar­rel-sided tourer coach­work by Wilkin­son of Derby.

Other lots in­clude two 1934 Mor­rises – a 1378cc Six and a Spe­cial Ten-Six four-seater open sports – a 1935 Mor­ris 8 Se­ries 1 two-seater and a 1939 Alvis 4.3-litre sports tourer fit­ted with replica Van­den Plas coach­work.

The most mod­ern ve­hi­cle in the auc­tion is a 2001 Rolls-Royce Cor­niche con­vert­ible, which is be­lieved to be the last right-hand drive ex­am­ple pro­duced prior to BMW’s take-over.

‘Col­lect­ing pre-war cars be­came Charles’ pas­sion later in life when his busi­ness suc­cess af­forded him the lux­ury of this hobby over the last 2530 years. Dur­ing this time his favour for Ox­ford­shire-built cars is shown in the col­lec­tion, which in­cludes some ex­ter­mely rare ve­hi­cles and lim­ited edi­tions,’ says Hol­loway’s auc­tion­eer, Jasper March.

Charles shared his long-stand­ing pas­sion for his clas­sic col­lec­tion by invit­ing clubs to visit his Ad­der­bury home, and he fre­quently dis­played some of his most cher­ished ve­hi­cles at ma­jor car events such as the Cow­ley Clas­sic Car Show.

Ox­ford-built cars were a pas­sion for Charles Swain, such as his 1934 Mor­ris Spe­cial Ten-Six four-seater.

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