Rare Marlborough to be auctioned

| 29 Aug 2012

Auction house Perkins George Mawer & Co will have a number of highly collectable machines crossing the block in Lincolnshire on 29 September.

Of particular interest is a Malborough RS 10.5hp Tourer, which carries an estimate of £15-20,000. After being registered in 1921, the first 30 years of its life are a mystery, until it was sold (to a garage in Horstle) due to petrol rationing.

Believed to be completely original aside from its 19in wheels, the car is thought to be one of only two in the UK and six worldwide. It comes with a history file that includes letters, photos, a logbook and V5C registration certificate.

Older still is a Calthorpe Coupé that was built ‘around 1919’. The company was based in Birmingham and built a range of cars, motorbikes and cycles from 1904-’32.  This example is powered by a 1261cc sidevalve four-cylinder engine mated to a three-speed manual ’box. It is expected to make £7-10,000.

Numerous Rolls-Royces will also be up for grabs, including a stylish 1936 Sedanca De Ville with a body by Windovers of London (£10-12,000) and a 1938 25/30hp Limousine (£10-12,000). The latter is understood to have belonged to film star Anne Todd, who appeared alongside Gregory Peck in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Paradine Case.

Younger cars are represented by a 1941 BMW 321 (£5-9000). Fewer than 4000 of these six-cylinder machines were built before production was halted.

The sale offers a number of restoration projects, too, including a 1924 Citroen B 11.9hp tourer (£1000-1500) and a 1929 Humber Saloon (£1500-2500).

More recognisable classics include various Morris Minors, a Ford Prefect (£100-300), a Mini (£100-300) and an Austin Cambridge (£200-500).

Meanwhile, this invalid car (below) offers possibly the cheapest available route to AC ownership, for a bargain-basement estimate of  £200-400.

Nicholas Sharp of Perkins George Mawer & Co, said: “It really is a time warp. The opportunity to liberate these automotive gems is a great privilege. The vehicles are best described as being in ‘barn find’ condition but are mainly complete”.

For more information or to view the full sales catalogue, click here.