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PRE­VIEW: Ch­effins Vin­tage Sale, Ma­chin­ery Sale­ground, Sut­ton, near Ely, Cambs, 14 Oc­to­ber

Ch­effins of Cam­bridge has an­other of its big Vin­tage Sales at the Sut­ton Ma­chin­ery Sale­ground on Satur­day, split into five dis­tinct sec­tions.

Away from all the clas­sic cars, trac­tors, farm ma­chin­ery, steam en­gines and ac­ces­sories, there are nu­mer­ous lots of hard­ware and pa­per­work of in­ter­est to au­to­mo­bilia col­lec­tors.

Some of the petrol pump globes in this sale are de­scribed as re­pro­duc­tion, but an ap­peal­ing gen­uine one is the shapely and

plain-worded Na­tional Derv ex­am­ple, and there’s also a Re­gent Su­per cir­cu­lar fuel pump sign. There’s a fine se­lec­tion of oil cans that in­clude Cas­trol GTX, ELF, Fina and Shell, com­plete with some lit­er­a­ture. One of the more un­usual items is the splen­didly named Pratt’s Depth-OMeter. It’s a fore­court tank con­tents gauge mounted on an orig­i­nal board, to­gether with an­cil­lary items. And we salute the AA pa­trol­man brass bon­net mas­cot.

An­other strong cat­e­gory catered for by Ch­effins is enamel signs; and while the Fit Avon Bri­tish-Made Tyres three-colour 60in x 30in ex­am­ple has clearly been around the block a few times it is still a nos­tal­gic con­tender.

And you don’t need to be a scooter fan to ap­pre­ci­ate the stylish wall-mounted Of­fi­cially Ap­pointed Lam­bretta Ser­vice Agent re­volv­ing shield sign with orig­i­nal cast bracket.

There’s plenty of read­ing ma­te­rial, in­clud­ing a quan­tity of 1930s Mo­tor Trader mag­a­zines, plus boxes of fas­ci­nat­ing books. ■ ch­effins.co.uk

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