QUOTE OF THE WEEK
25 classics, including half a dozen Vanden Plas 1500s, to be sold from their storage barn
They’re classics that we’ve taken pity on. We can’t stand seeing cars being scrapped or stripped for spares.’ BRADLEY JAMES CLASSICS’ DANNY O’KEEFE ON WHY HE’S INVITING CLASSIC FANS TO MAKE HIM AN OFFER ON 25 UNRESTORED CARS.
Hampshire-based Bradley James Classics is currently holding a series of so-called ‘Big Barn sales’ to find homes for cars from stalled deals and projects.
Company spokesman, Danny O’Keeffe, said: ‘Basically it’s a case of our photographing the cars and putting them in a barn. They’re part exchanges and cars we’ve just taken pity on.
‘The idea is then that people come and bid, make an offer and take their choice away. We don’t want lengthy emailing sessions and taking extra photos, but people are welcome to come and view – and bring a trailer.’ Bradley James, which is is situated near Basingstoke, can provide transport if a buyer can’t take their car home.
Offers are welcome, though each car has a guide price. Danny O’Keeffe said: ‘The problem with us is that we cannot stand to see any cars scrapped, and we also hate to see cars stripped for spares, such as MkX Jaguars for their carburettors.
‘ We are holding the sale at this time of year when people have had fun with classics in the summer and might be looking for a winter project.
Though the barn sale is officially open until the end of January, cars are expected to go quicker than this.’
The Vanden Plas 1500 collection was formed after a Japanese club asked Bradley James to source some cars before discovering the prohibitive costs associated with shipping and import.
Other eclectic vehicles also being offered in the sale include four Ford Vanden Plas 1500s were bound for Japan – until costs caused the order to fall through. Escort vans, plus a rare Vauxhall Cavalier 1300TD MkII. Nick Larkin ❚ bradleyjamesclassics.co.uk ❚ 01256 242212
Bradley James’ barn sale, photographed as it was about to be filled with classics.