A 1933 Lagonda 3.5 Litre with an estimate of £125-130,000 is expected to be the easy top-seller at the Richard Edmonds Classic and Vintage car auction at Castle Combe on 10 March.
The Lagonda is one of a host of stylish pre-war cars going under the hammer including a 1934 Rolls-Royce coming in at £45-50,000.
Much more affordable – but likely to present its owner with the biggest profit – will be a 1926 Austin 12/4 Clifton Tourer. It has a reasonable-looking guide price of £16-18,000, but that has to be balanced against the fact that the vendor paid just £35 for it back in the late 1950s.
More vintage fare comes from the Andrew Booth collection such as a 1929 Austin Seven RK Saloon and a 1936 Austin Ruby, each in at £2,500-3,000.
Another Austin from that vast collection will be sold dismantled and will vie with another barnfind, a 1929 Austin Chummy expected to make £1,500-2,000.
Older still is a restored 1919 Le Zebre, valued at £12,500-14,500. This car started life in Brittany, France where it was apparently laid up in a barn before the outbreak of WW2 before eventually being brought to the UK in the 1970s.
Another car with decent provenance is the 10th Morris Flatnose Tourer off of the production line (£9-10k). It spent its early life in Norway before going to Ireland in the 1930s. The owner then emigrated to Kenya in the '50s and took the car with him. It was eventually brought back to the UK in the 1990s.
Looking good value is a 1928 Hudson Super Six with an estimate of £8-9000. In 1996 the car was used in the making of the movie Evita, starring Madonna.