Farm finds go under hammer
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.sheffieldauctiongallery.com