auc­ton house moves into cars

Up to 10 clas­sic pre-war clas­sics in Dee, Atkin­son & Har­ri­son’s next sale

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An 130-year-old auc­tion house is mov­ing into the clas­sic car mar­ket amid claims that many other firms’ sales have gone ‘too up­mar­ket.’

‘A lot of en­thu­si­asts are feel­ing that they are be­ing priced out of auc­tions as the cars on of­fer are just too ex­pen­sive,’ says An­drew Spicer of Drif­feld, East York­shire-based Dee, Atkin­son & Har­ri­son.

‘We are a lo­cal firm and want to pro­vide a ser­vice that’s very much miss­ing in the North East where real life clas­sics at af­ford­able prices can be auc­tioned. We will cer­tainly deal with £1000 cars, though it must be em­pha­sised that we are more than happy to auc­tion any clas­sic from any­where at any price.’

The de­ci­sion to move into clas­sic car auc­tions was taken af­ter An­drew joined Dee, Atkin­son & Har­ri­son from Bon­hams late last year.

Its next clas­sic car-de­rived auc­tion is tak­ing place at Sled­mere House, near Driffield, on 4 March. A unique Cross­ley is among the lots, which are ex­pected to num­ber up to 10 cars, although other ve­hi­cles are still be­ing ac­cepted up to the sale date.

The 1925 Cross­ley 15/30 V-screen 14hp sa­loon was ex­ported to New Zealand and lit­tle is known of its early life, but by 1994 Alan and Pratts of Welling­ton had com­pre­hen­sively re­stored it and won the Vin­tage Car Club of New Zealand Colo­nial Cup. Ac­cord­ing to the Cross­ley reg­is­ter in 1999, it is the only known V-screen in ex­is­tence – apart from one other that com­prises a bulk­head and a box of spares.

The unique Cross­ley, which has an es­ti­mate of £30,000-35,000, was used by its last owner solely for the oc­ca­sional rally and pic­nics.

A 1922 10.4hp Calthorpe all weather deluxe tourer, which is es­ti­mated at £15,000-18,000 and was taken off the road in 1928 and re­stored in 1987, is also be­lieved to be only ex­ist­ing ex­am­ple of its type left.

Dee, Atkin­son & Har­ri­son is plan­ning to hold fur­ther clas­sic cars sales on 29 July and 4 Novem­ber.

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