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1967 Auburn ‘Boat tail’ Speed­ster John Sc­ho­ley, Driffield, East York­shire

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Cel­e­brat­ing the clas­sic metal that makes you tick.

I bought her from Derek Mathew­son auc­tions. They had it for a cou­ple of years be­fore me and had a lot of in­ter­est, but no-one came up with the money. It’s a com­mit­ment when you buy a clas­sic like this, so I’m not sur­prised.

I went to buy an­other car on the day but ended up get­ting this one in­stead. I’ve lost a lot of money buy­ing and sell­ing clas­sics, but I trust my friends and Derek said: ‘You won’t lose on this one,’ so I bought it. Seven years later, I’ve still got it.

It doesn’t come out very of­ten, but when it does it's a joy. I’ve just driven it from Bices­ter into the Palace of West­min­ster in 31-de­gree heat and I only had to stop once to cool down – not bad for a 5-litre Ford V8 in traf­fic.

It’s been re­ally re­li­able – all I've ever done is put a new volt­age reg­u­la­tor and bat­tery on it. Orig­i­nal Auburns were made, I think, from 1936 to 1947, but this one was built us­ing the orig­i­nal de­signs in 1967.

John's Speed­ster was built in 1967 us­ing orig­i­nal Auburn de­signs.

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