Lots to choose from at auc­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - County Show -

Car fa­nat­ics came from far and wide to see a fleet of rare and un­usual vin­tage ve­hi­cles for sale at Hobbs Parker’s clas­sic car auc­tion.

There was a larger than ex­pected turnout as en­thu­si­asts came to buy some of the 50 ve­hi­cles un­der the ham­mer at Ash­ford Mar­ket, Or­bital Park from noon last Thurs­day.

There was a broad se­lec­tion of Bri­tish cars in­clud­ing MGBs, Austins and Mor­ris Mi­nors, some of which were in need of restora­tion.

Above ex­pec­ta­tions

James John­son, the Hobbs Parker car auc­tion­eer, said sales were over and above ex­pec­ta­tions.

“On the ba­sis of this year’s re­sound­ing suc­cess, we’re look­ing for­ward to next year’s clas­sic car auc­tion al­ready,” he said.

He added that one cus­tomer trav­elled all the way from Birm­ing­ham in or­der to buy the 1959 Beetle and luck­ily he was suc­cess­ful in his mis­sion.

In­ter­est­ing lots in­cluded an Austin 12/6 “barn find” which sold for £4,600, a Tri­umph TR4 which went for £11,500, and a Bed­ford Green God­dess fire engine which went for £2,150.

Other un­usual lots in­cluded an im­mac­u­late Mini Cooper, orig­i­nally for the Ja­panese mar­ket, with au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and a 1967 Lo­tus Elan+2 for restora­tion.

For in­for­ma­tion about fu­ture auc­tions go to www. hobb­sparker.co.uk/cars

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM2690762

Mor­ris Mi­nor 1000 Trav­eler

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM2694678

Mor­ris Mi­nors from the East Kent club

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