His­toric truck sells for more than £30,000

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A rare and de­sir­able Austin pick-up truck sold for nearly dou­ble what was ex­pected when it went un­der the ham­mer last week at the Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum in Cam­bridgeshire.

The 1935 Ar­ran reg­is­tered pick-up sold for £30,375 af­ter be­ing auc­tioned by H&H Clas­sics, which spe­cialises in col­lec­tor cars and mo­tor­cy­cles.

As re­ported ear­lier this month in the Ban­ner, the truck had an es­ti­mated value of be­tween £14,000 and £18,000. How­ever, the orig­i­nal, but re­stored, pickup truck com­manded a far higher price than an­tic­i­pated when it was sold with 36,900 miles on the clock.

Snapped up by an anony­mous buyer whose lo­ca­tion is un­known, the pur­chaser will be the proud owner of a ve­hi­cle whose prove­nance dates back to Brod­ick in 1935 when Mary and Janet Cur­rie of Brod­ick pur­chased it to deliver dry goods on the is­land. Still ev­i­dent on its driver’s side door are the words M & J Cur­rie, Mer­chants, Brod­ick, Tele­phone 12.

Also em­bla­zoned on the bon­net is a mil­i­tary num­ber, hark­ing back to the days of its ser­vice dur­ing the Sec­ond World War when it was pur­chased by the War Depart­ment in 1939.

Pho­to­graph: H&H Clas­sics

The 1935 Austin pick-up bears the Brod­ick cre­den­tials of the orig­i­nal.

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