Fabulous Vauxhall 30-98 tops Cheltenham sale


A 1921 Vauxhall 30-98 sold for a strong £163,520 – no doubt helped by the model’s centenary celebrations – at Richard Edmonds’ Toddington auction on 2 August.

E441/450 was bought in a dilapidated state by Graeme Peters of Queensland, Australia in the early 1970s with the remains of its original body intact, but sitting on artillery wheels.

The car was fully restored over a number of years using the body remains of OE124 after the original was deemed past saving.

More recently, the engine had been fully rebuilt (by Wilsons Engineers and Barry Ford of Stanhope, Australia), with fewer than 100 miles covered since the work.

A 1936 Alvis Speed 20 SD Charlesworth Saloon went for bang on its estimate of  £30,000.

It was one of the very last produced and featured a larger fuel tank, slightly wider coachwork and a 130in wheelbase.

It had the same owner for the past 10 years and benefited from a new headlining, door cards and carpets. The dashboard had also been reveneered and most of the brightwork rechromed. The car also came with its original registration plate.

Representing a bargain for someone looking for a vintage classic was a 1930 Morris Minor Saloon that went for below its lower estimate, selling for £2750.

It was in a project state, with the engine only partially assembled, but it did sport a rebuilt bottom end with a balanced new Phoenix crankshaft and lightened flywheel, new front ball bearings, plus a rebored block with new pistons.

Its body was said to be in ‘sound order’ and the finished result would be a rarer classic than the Austin Seven, which eclipsed it in sales.

The full results can be viewed on Richard Edmonds’ website.

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