MU­SEUM’S MO­TORS UP FOR GRABS

Your sec­ond chance to bag eclec­tic clas­sics from the Ston­don col­lec­tion

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

An eclec­tic mix of rare and un­usual clas­sics that once be­longed to Ston­don Mo­tor Mu­seum is go­ing up for auc­tion.

Nine rare mo­tors are set to be cashed in at Anglia Car Auc­tion’s 8 April sale in Nor­folk. They in­clude a Vaux­hall As­tra 1.6 SR MkI, Citroën ID19, Austin A35, Rover P4, MGB GT, Dat­sun Cherry, Isuzu Im­pulse, Jago Sa­muri 2000, and an Acoma Mini Comtesse mi­cro car.

All nine be­longed to Bed­ford­shire at­trac­tion which closed in March 2015 af­ter 20 years in busi­ness. A num­ber of cars from the mu­seum were sold fol­low­ing the clo­sure.

Guy Snelling from ACA says: ‘ The premises where they’re be­ing kept is be­ing re-de­vel­oped. All the cars are a bit un­usual, and spe­cial in their own right. We’ve had a fair amount of in­ter­est in some of the cars al­ready. They should sell well.’

Fight­ing out for the prize of the most un­usual of the lot are the Acoma Mini Comtesse mi­cro­car and Jago Sa­muri 2000, with £800-1200 and £2000-3000 es­ti­mates re­spec­tively. The Jago Sa­muri is an Es­cort-based kit car, with the name sup­pos­edly mis­spelt on pur­pose to avoid copy­right in­fringe­ment on the sim­i­lar Suzuki Sa­mu­rai. The French Acoma Mini Comtesse mi­cro car is part of a sub­cat­e­gory of mi­cro cars known as ‘voiture sans per­mis’, which is French for car with­out a li­cence. This was a cat­e­gory of French ve­hic­u­lar law, started in the 1970s, that spec­i­fied a set of specs for a ve­hi­cle that could be driven with­out any li­cense or in­surance.

Isuzu Im­pulse (£1,000 - 1,500).

Jago Sa­muri 2000 (£2000-3000).

The Acoma Mini Comtesse mi­cro­car (£800-1200).

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