Overseas visitors pack into Beaulieu Autojumble

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Baking heat and a legion of international vendors gave the 45th Beaulieu Autojumble on 8-9 September a colourful atmosphere.  

French dealers were strongly represented bringing over vans packed with enamel signs and Gallic bicycles to tempt British enthusiasts.

As always, the huge event provided a wealth of diverse items from pre-war Maserati single-seater bodywork (above) to a bizarre motorised Derny tandem previously owned by a French couple since 1955.

Early birds on Friday claimed Beaulieu is still a goldmine if you look hard enough.  Motoring book specialist David Thomas (above) was chuffed with his discoveries. “I found a 1929 Indianapolis program among a stash of pre-war brochures, and two copies of a rare Delage book by Jacques Rousseau,” said Thomas.  

Other little-seen gems included a (above) collection of 1930s German racing biographies of Hans Stuck, Rudi Caracciola, and Manfred von Brauchitsch.

A treat for autograph hunters were a set of colourful ’50s postcards signed Juan Manual Fangio (above) priced at £60 with Argentinean, historian and automobilia specialist, Willy Iacona.  

Automotive art dealer Tony Clark presented a superb gallery of original work by famous talents including Gordon Crosby, Roy Nockolds, and Dexter Brown. Recent discoveries included rare colour artwork by Russell Brockbank produced in the early ’70s for a German calendar (above).

Dealers and vendors reported strong buying interest in the Automart where rarities included a 1951 Nash Stateman Super Coupe (above), which sold early on Saturday for £13,000.  

Rather more optimistically priced was a late model Volvo PV444 presented in immaculate black original paint. With just 21,000 kms, and a recent Swedish MOT, it needed £17,950 to take home.

As well as the packed corral, there were plenty of cars on offer around the stalls. Creating strong interest in the furthest corner of yellow field was a 1938 Morgan Super Sports (above). The part completed restoration with matching number Matchless engine was snapped up for £10,000.  

Other finds including a vintage AC Six Tourer formerly owned by Lord Montagu, and a very low mileage Singer Chamois Coupé for  £3950ono.  

Barn finds are always a popular distraction around the miles of jumble aisles and a ’33 Lagonda 3-litre saloon (below), which was last driven in 1961 and locked away for the next 50 years, attracted strong interest all weekend.

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