Don't panic! Corporal Jones' van is coming up for sale

| 21 Sep 2012

Despite a raft of exotic cars coming up for sale as Bonhams auctions its third installment of the Patrick Collection, all the attention is likely to be on a 1935 Ford Box Van with a relatively meagre estimate of £20-30,000.

That's because the van is the one used as Lance Corporal Jones' butcher's van in the long-running comedy classic Dad's Army.

It will come up for sale at Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands in Surrey on 3 December.

The Patrick Collection Part III sale is the third tranche from the collection of cars covering 100 years of motoring that is housed in a private museum in Birmingham. Bonhams sold Part I of the Patrick Collection in 1994 and Part II in 2004.

At Mercedes-Benz World, Bonhams will offer 19 cars from the collection including a 1931 Invicta 4.5-litre S-Type Low Chassis Tourer (£500-600,000) that the Patrick family acquired in 1966 and a 1938 Jaguar SS100 3.5-litre Sports Two-Seater (£220-280,000).

James Knight, Bonhams' Group Motoring Director, said: “I have had the personal privilege of handling the Patrick Collection sales in the past. They have always generated much interest, and we look forward to offering the third instalment at our December sale.”

Already consigned for the same sale, but not from the Patrick Collection is a 2010 Pagani Zonda 'F' Coupé (£500-600,000).

A 1904 Wolseley 12hp Tonneau (£100-150,000) from the collection will be offered at the annual pre-Brighton Run Bonhams Veteran Car Sale in London’s New Bond Street on 2 November.

Some background on the Patrick Collection:

Starting out in the 1930s as Patrick Motors Ltd, before becoming the Patrick Motors Group, PMG Investments Ltd – as it is now known – is a family-run business based in the Midlands with a history stretching back well over 100 years. The company was initially an automobile manufacturer and coachbuilder, then owned a number of prestigious dealerships across marques including Jaguar, Daimler, Vauxhall, Subaru, Isuzu, Peugeot/Talbot, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz and – primarily – Austin Rover, until the last dealership closed in 1999.

Alexander Patrick became the third generation Patrick to join the company in 1962, overseeing a number of new directions for the business including the creation of the Patrick Motor Museum. Mr Patrick’s collection was built around an ambitious concept: to represent the past, present and future of the motor car in a constantly-changing display that reflected the ‘variety, ingenuity and sheer beauty of the automotive era’. What made it unique was Mr Patrick’s determination, where possible, to buy new milestone models straight from the manufacturers, and display them – often with little more than delivery mileage on the odometer – alongside historic cars.