25 clas­sics, in­clud­ing half a dozen Van­den Plas 1500s, to be sold from their stor­age barn

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

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.

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