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Little Classics News: 5 August 2015

49 Years of the International Beaulieu Autojumble

Vintage car for restoration

There are just three weeks to go until visitors from all over Europe descend on Beaulieu’s event fields for the 49th annual International Autojumble, on the 5th and 6th September.

Beaulieu Autojumble

All the regular features of the Beaulieu Autojumble will be present, including over 2,000 stands bursting with all kinds of motoring bargains. The Dealermart will have up to 100 classic cars for sale while the Automart will have its usual eclectic collection of vehicles, from restoration projects to cars in concours condition. Bonhams popular auction of collectors’ cars and motorcycles is a Saturday highlight and Sunday Trunk Traders will bring an injection of new stock to the fields.

Classic Ford

Beaulieu Events Manager, Judith Maddox, said: “As it approaches its 50th anniversary it is especially pleasing to see how the event, which started with just 75 stands in a one-day show in 1967, has grown to become the premier autojumble in Europe.”

Bonham Auction

Following another exceptional sale last year, this year’s Bonhams auction will once again offer the full spectrum of motoring from the past 100 years. Pre-war highlights of the sale include a 1902 Flint Roadster with a guide price of £22,000-£25,000, a desirable 1928 Armstrong Siddeley Shooting Brake expected to fetch £60,000-£80,000, a 1934 Sunbeam 25, estimated at £25000-£30,000 and a renovation project 1933 Lagonda 3 Litre at £10,000-£20,000.

Classic cars

Further highlights include a vintage Bentley 41/2 that gathered dust in a family’s barn for 30 years. The Bentley was built in 1929 and six years later bought by the grandfather of the current owner. He took the saloon on holidays around the UK, even towing a caravan. In 1985 it was taken off the road and parked in a barn in Surrey. The owner thought it would be worth £30,000 but the motor is actually ‘one of the finds of the decade’ and has a guide price of £150,000 - £250,000.

Autojumble stands

Show media sponsors, Practical Classics will have lots to keep visitors entertained at the event in their workshop tent. Editor, Danny Hopkins says: “This year we’ll be at Beaulieu with a mystery project car to be completed - and driven under its own power - by the end of the weekend.” Also on the stand will be the magazine’s Austin Westminster Estate which will be entering the re-fitting phase of its restoration.

Beaulieu Autojumble

Admission to Beaulieu on both days will be from 8.30am, when visitors will be able to access the National Motor Museum. The event will open from 10am – 5pm on Saturday, and from 9.30am – 4.30pm on Sunday.



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