HVA is all fired up...

...over its spares, au­to­mo­bilia and un­usual lots

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Living With Classics - PETER WIL­LIAMS HEREFORDSHIRE VINTAGE AUC­TIONS

How did your last sale do, and how do you see the next one go­ing?

Our last sale saw some great re­sults, in­clud­ing £20,500 for a Riley Sprite spe­cial and £1000 for a Bond Minicar project. Austin Sevens al­ways do well, whether im­mac­u­late or projects. In our 8 June sale we have an­other Riley spe­cial and two Ford Model T projects, along with a 1990 Porsche 911.

Why does HVA have a rep­u­ta­tion for au­to­mo­bilia and parts?

We con­tinue to un­earth parts and au­to­mo­bilia thanks to our con­tacts and our kee­ness to of­fer these items. Many clas­sic car auc­tion­eers don’t want to deal with this side of the busi­ness, but it has a strong fol­low­ing. Signs, books and parts are al­ways in de­mand and our ap­proach­a­bil­ity has helped us. This is im­por­tant, be­cause ev­ery­one work­ing at HVA is very much in­volved with old cars and mo­tor­cy­cles. At the end of the day, we’re en­thu­si­asts who en­joy deal­ing with other en­thu­si­asts.

What’s the most in­ter­est­ing car you’ve of­fered?

A lot of the cars we of­fer have very in­ter­est­ing his­tory files. For ex­am­ple, in the 8 June auction, there’s a 1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 which was dis­man­tled in New York in the 1950s – the chas­sis was de­stroyed but all of the ma­jor me­chan­i­cal com­po­nents were kept and stored in Amer­ica un­til re­cently and are now up for sale. We also have an Austin 20 fire en­gine that started life as one of three limousines: one of them was de­stroyed in a crash, an­other was turned into a break­down truck and the third is in our sale.

In an ideal world, how many sales would you run a year?

We’d prob­a­bly want to cap it at no more than four sales per year be­cause the large amount of au­to­mo­bilia we of­fer – usu­ally around 1000 lots per sale – in­volves a great deal of cat­a­logu­ing work.

‘Ul­ti­mately, we’re en­thu­si­asts who en­joy deal­ing with other en­thu­si­asts’’

Look­ing ahead, do you have dates for your other sales this year?

Our 8 June auction has a good stock of early Mor­ris and MG parts. The next sale will be held in Septem­ber at Led­bury Rugby Club; it has a heavy Austin in­flu­ence and many fab­u­lous en­tries have al­ready been con­signed.

Austin 20 fire en­gine started life as a limousine.

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