Cu­rios­ity bought the Calthorpe

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Cu­rios­ity got the bet­ter of a York­shire cou­ple when they vis­ited a lo­cal auc­tion.

Gil­lian Caldicott and Michael Clarke from near Goole fell in love with the 1922 Calthorpe 10.4hp tourer at Dee Atkin­son & Har­ri­son’s auc­tion at Sled­mere House, Driffield, East York­shire on Satur­day 4 March and end­ing up pay­ing £17.5k for it.

‘ They only came for a day out but fell in love with it and bought it on a whim!’ says auc­tion­eer An­drew Spicer.

Gil­lian and Michael were in the mar­ket for some au­to­mo­bilia but not a car – but all that changed when they saw the Calthorpe. ‘We saw the guide price and de­cided to have a go,’ says Gil­lian. ‘ There were other bid­ders but it was still within our lim­its when the ham­mer fell. When we were suc­cess­ful the auc­tion­eer said “Sold to the lady” and 100 males faces turned around to look at me! I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to driv­ing it.’

The low mileage Calthorpe was first reg­is­tered in Gateshead on 7 April 1922 and stored from 1928. The par­tially dis­man­tled car was dis­cov­ered by David Nay­lor, who started its restora­tion in 1986/87. It passed its first MoT in Fe­bru­ary 1998, when the odome­ter read 9197 miles. The ven­dor/third owner bought it in 2010 and had it recom­mis­sioned – the odome­ter at the time of the sale still only read 9590 miles.

Also sold at Sled­mere House was a 1925 Cross­ley 15/30 V-screen that sold to a col­lec­tor from York for £31,200. David Brown


It was love at first sight for this Calthorpe.

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