Farm finds go un­der ham­mer

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

A 1979 Rolls-Royce Sil­ver Shadow that has spent more than 30 years in a farm­yard is among sev­eral fas­ci­nat­ing finds to be auc­tioned in Sh­effield on Fri­day 24 Fe­bru­ary.

Lots at the Sh­effield Auc­tion Gallery’s sale also in­clude a 33,000-mile Lo­tus Eclat stored in a barn since 1989 and a Stan­dard Fly­ing Nine which has never moved since be­ing driven into a shed with an elec­tri­cal fault 45 years ago.

The Rolls-Royce was bought by the cur­rent farmer owner from an in­sur­ance com­pany af­ter it had been re­cov­ered from a ship­ping con­tainer on the south coast, hav­ing pre­vi­ously been stolen. The car was sub­se­quently used for a cou­ple of years be­fore be­ing parked up in 1984 and for rea­sons un­known was never driven again.

Hon­estly de­scribed by Sh­effield Auc­tion Gallery as hav­ing a ‘weath­ered patina,’ the car has a low es­ti­mate, be­ing ‘priced to sell,’ with an es­ti­mate of £1000£1200. If not suit­able for an am­bi­tious re­storer it could at least pro­vide some use­ful spares.

The Lo­tus, which ap­pears to be in good or­der, comes from the same ven­dor, and also has a low es­ti­mate of £1000 to £1250. The 1936 Stan­dard Fly­ing 9, which is said to be in orig­i­nal con­di­tion, has a £300-£500 es­ti­mate.

Also in the sale are two Austin Tens in road­wor­thy or­der, both hav­ing £3000£5000 es­ti­mates.

‘ Time has un­for­tu­nately taken its toll on some of the cars from long-term stor­age but they are seek­ing new homes and it should be a very in­ter­est­ing sale,’ says Sh­effield Auc­tions’ spokesman, Ben­jamin John­son.

Fur­ther cars are be­ing in­vited for the sale, which has a cut-off date of Wed­nes­day, 15 Fe­bru­ary. Nick Larkin www.sheffiel­d­auc­tion­

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