With more than 2000 stalls, the biggest-ever auction of classics and a raft of cars on offer from both dealers and private individuals, the National Motor Museum is hoping to bust the record 38,540 attendance figure it set for its International Autojumble a couple of years back.The annual event – which follows Beaulieu’s smaller Spring Autojumble in May – takes place this coming weekend (10 – 11 September) and enjoys a “if you can’t find it at Beaulieu, it doesn’t exist” reputation as the place to source rare and hard-to-find spares.
But Beaulieu isn’t just about spare parts and amazing automobilia: there’ll be more than 200 privately-owned cars for sale in the event’s popular Motormart, which features everything from barnfinds to Rolls-Royces and a load of cars in between.
And there’ll be more diversity – and possibly bargains - at event partner Bonhams’ sale (www.bonhams.com) which is set to feature 138 cars (45 of which have been entered without a reserve) along with 35 classic motorcycles.This year’s sale has been boosted by the consignment of three collections, with lots spanning a variety of makes and conditions.The 30-lot Noel Roscoe group features 20 no reserve lots, along with a couple of 1976 plastic rarities, both from ’76: a Matra Bagheera S (estimate £1500-2000) and Lotus Eclat S2+2 (£1-2000) while top result in the Robert Hartley collection is likely to be a 1938 Lagonda V12 Saloon De Ville (£65-80,000). And there will be plenty of earlier fare on offer – from a 1904 Cadillac Model A Delivery Van (£60-80,000) to a 1923 Ford Model T (£10-15,000) – when the 13-strong Meldonfoot collection goes under the hammer.
Beaulieu’s reputation for dishing up impressive barnfinds is likely to continue, too, with the 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Sports Saloon and a 1912 Isotta Fraschini Tipo FC 2 Tourer (below) with respective tempting £40 - 50,000 and £20-30,000 guide prices.
Entry to the auction is by catalogue (on sale at the door), which admits two and tickets to the Autojumble cost £11.75 for an adult and £7.70 for a child per day. See: www.beaulieu.co.uk or call 01590 612345 for more.