Bonhams to sell contents of Somerset museum

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The entire collection of the Exmoor Classic Car Museum will go under the hammer at Bonhams’ Beaulieu International Autojumble sale in Hampshire on 8 September.

Set up in Porlock 12 years ago, the selection of 10 cars, 13 motorcyles and assorted automobilia has been amassed by pyjama-manufacturing entrepreneur Stephen Johns.

Highlights among the cars include: a 1972 Ferrari Dino 246GTS, which has been estimated to make £100-120,000; a 1927 Bugatti Type 40 tourer (£80-100,000); and a 1923 Rolls-Royce 20hp Doctor’s Coupé (£38-45,000).

Also up for grabs are a 1930 Singer Porlock Sports Junior (£8-10,000), bought by Johns for its connection to the museum’s location, and a 1948 DOT 125cc AA motorcycle truck (£3-4,000), which is thought to be the only one of its type.

Tim Schofield, director of Bonhams Motor Car Department, said: “The Exmoor Classic Car Museum could be described as every motoring enthusiast’s dream. Museums like this don’t tend to exist today. When you walked through the doors, it was like walking into some forgotten past.

“Today everything is locked away behind glass cabinets, but in this museum the public could touch the cars, open their doors and look inside, and flick through the old photo albums.

“It will be a great shame to see it close, but Bonhams wishes Mr Johns the very best for his ‘second retirement’.”

To find out more, visit Bonhams' website.

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