A con­ve­nient truth

Classic Cars (UK) - - Month In Cars -

Barn finds are sup­posed to hap­pen in barns, or at least in dusty old garages. Dis­cov­er­ing cars in a long-dis­used pub­lic toi­let is a new one on us, but such was the source of three lots in a re­cent sale for Anglia Car Auc­tions.

‘This col­lec­tion com­prises of a 1938 Hum­ber 16 sa­loon, a 1980 Mini pick-up and a 1935 Mor­ris Eight,’ said Dale Over­ton of ACA. ‘All the cars had been stored in a dis­used pub­lic con­ve­nience in Crewe for the past 30 years.’

How the cars came to be in­terred in such an un­likely place has been dif­fi­cult to es­tab­lish but it seems the build­ing had long since en­tered pri­vate own­er­ship and be­came a store­room. The rather bat­tered Mini pick-up fetched £3570, which made the £1600 paid for the cob­webbed Mor­ris and the £5880 for the im­pres­sive and well-pre­served Hum­ber look like good value. ACA also dis­posed of a large col­lec­tion of cars from a ru­ral prop­erty in south Nor­folk. They in­cluded the con­tents of a big barn crammed with an eclec­tic mix of long­stored clas­sics, from Twen­ties Mor­rises to an MG RV8 and a Lo­tus Elite. Per­haps the high­light was a left­hand-drive 1953 Jaguar XK120. While it might have needed a to­tal restora­tion, it was still bet­ter than many we’ve seen at auc­tion, and sold for only £17,010.

1980 ‘toi­let find’ Mini was picked up for £3750 at ACA

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