Beaulieu Au­to­jum­ble

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Held each Septem­ber at the Na­tional Mo­tor Museum in Hamp­shire, Beaulieu has been run­ning for more than 50 years and has es­tab­lished a de­served rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing the best place to find dif­fi­cult-to-lo­cate spares for clas­sic cars. As a reg­u­lar at­tendee since 1978, I’ve no­ticed an in­creas­ing num­ber of spares for more mod­ern ve­hi­cles be­ing of­fered, usu­ally at bar­gain prices. This trend seems to be partly due to com­po­nents be­com­ing ob­so­lete more rapidly than ever be­fore, es­pe­cially now with many car-mak­ers of­fer­ing scrap­page schemes for ve­hi­cles that are as recent as 2009 and some garages tak­ing early de­ci­sions to ditch their stock of such parts.

At this year’s au­to­jum­ble, I came across large num­bers of new-old body pan­els for models dat­ing up to the mid2000s, in­clud­ing Vaux­hall No­vas, As­tras and Zafi­ras, as well as Ford Fi­es­tas, Mon­deos, Sier­ras and Tran­sit vans. Of­ten gen­uine man­u­fac­turer items, these pan­els were priced at far lower than typ­i­cal dealer fig­ures.

More im­por­tantly, I spot­ted elec­tronic man­age­ment sys­tem com­po­nents in­valu­able in terms of di­ag­nos­tic main­te­nance and re­pair, in­clud­ing un­used ECUS, new sec­tions of wiring looms and a va­ri­ety of sen­sors.

Even more plen­ti­ful were work­shop man­u­als and hand­books cov­er­ing ve­hi­cles of all ages, but in­clud­ing many for ve­hi­cles pro­duced be­tween 1990 and 2006. Some of these books were aftermarket man­u­als, al­though many were of­fi­cial hand­books in­tended as dealer-only pub­li­ca­tions.

Me­chan­i­cal parts for ve­hi­cles pro­duced up to 2008 were on of­fer, too: en­gine com­po­nents, clutches, steer­ing racks, balljoints, drive­shafts, brake cylin­ders, discs and fric­tion pads, coil springs and shock ab­sorbers. I also found some newold stock mir­rors for Rovers and elec­tri­cal parts for recent Vaux­hall and Ford models.

In ad­di­tion to spares, com­plete ve­hi­cles are of­fered for sale in the Au­tomart area. While most of these are over 30 years old, there were also some mod­ern clas­sics on of­fer, which again seems to be an in­creas­ing trend.

There were new-old stock pan­els ga­lore at this stall, for ve­hi­cles an­cient and rel­a­tively mod­ern.

En­gine oil for mod­ern ve­hi­cles, ad­ver­tis­ing signs to brighten any garage and vin­tage mo­tor­sport pic­tures were all on of­fer.

A 1988 VW Golf cabri­o­let on of­fer in the Au­tomart sec­tion. (Photo cour­tesy Na­tional Mo­tor Museum, Beaulieu).

This at­trac­tive BMW was for sale in the Au­tomart area. (Photo cour­tesy Na­tional Mo­tor Museum, Beaulieu).

Fancy a larger-than-life bon­net mas­cot to adorn your mod­ern Jaguar?

One can en­counter in­ter­est­ing models in the car park – such as this 1984 Tal­bot Samba.

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