Every car bought had a story to tell

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - John Lever, Swin­ton, Manch­ester

The Way We Were ar­ti­cle about the car auc­tion in Flintshire dur­ing the sum­mer of 1961 ( CCW, 8 Fe­bru­ary), brought back mem­o­ries. Dur­ing that year my dad de­cided to have a go at sell­ing cars from home. Var­i­ous cars were pur­chased usu­ally at ei­ther Har­good’s or Arnold’s auc­tion houses in Manch­ester and af­ter a check­over and valet were of­fered for sale in the Manch­ester Evening News.

I was 11 years old and some­times al­lowed to ac­com­pany dad to auc­tion sales. On one of these jaunts I re­mem­ber hav­ing a very jerky ride home in an Austin A40 Devon that he had bought. The throt­tle ca­ble had snapped and in its place was a piece of string at­tached to the car­bu­ret­tor link­age. The string ex­ited the side of the bon­net and then en­tered the driver’s side win­dow and was pulled as a crude sub­sti­tute for the throt­tle. On an­other oc­ca­sion a Vaux­hall Wyvern was pur­chased at auc­tion and seemed ex­cel­lent un­til it started to rain. When the wind­screen wipers were de­ployed a whirring noise could be heard but the wipers re­mained mo­tion­less. It turned out that the splines on the shafts the wiper arms were at­tached to had stripped and were un­able to op­er­ate. Once back home a hole drilled through the wiper arm and shaft al­lowed a quick fix with a small nut and bolt.

Quite a few cars were bought and sold and each had a story at­tached to it. I am not sure much money was made out of this en­ter­prise but many happy mem­o­ries en­dure.

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