A convenient truth
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