Classic Cars (UK)
Mixed bag in Thailand
A fascinating mixture of elderly cars has come to light in Thailand – and more could still emerge. An explanation for their long-stored presence comes from Vilai Leh, the Bangkok agent for Vintage Tyres of Beaulieu in Hampshire. A mechanic and car restorer she met through the Vintage Car Club of Thailand alerted her to the collection.
‘They are owned by an 82-year-old man who has decided to sell them to pay for medical expenses,’ says Vilai. ‘Some cars in his collection were bought from high-ranking officers or ministers in Burma. He kept his collection in a big barn. Apparently he still has a lot more old cars there but he won’t allow people to get inside to look.’
Among them is a Morris 8 tourer wearing a badge from Ruston & Hornsby, a Lincolnshire traction-engine builder. Others a long way from home include a Citroën Traction Avant, an E-series Morris 8 saloon, a Ford E93A Prefect with race numbers on the doors, a rusty but probably saveable Mercedes 170V and a de-bodied Austin 7.
Vilai’s restorer chum has sold all the cars on behalf of the owner, but a second tranche is expected. More details from firstname.lastname@example.org.