I have to admit, the existence of the fascinatingly eclectic Stondon Motor Museum in Bedfordshire passed me by. Sadly, I can’t now rectify the oversight, as the owners have decided to close down and have engaged auction house Brightwells to disperse the collection. Every vehicle in the building goes under the hammer on Wednesday (10 June).
When I say eclectic, I really mean it. Here’s a completely random selection: 1946 Austin 16; 1968 Beford CA pick-up truck; 1932 BSA 3-Wheeler; 1978 De Tomaso Deauville; 1958 Ford Fairlane Skyliner convertible; 1973 Hillman Hunter; 1952 Jowett Javelin; 1976 Lancia Fulvia; 1969 Morris Minor; 1984 Reliant Fox van; 1977 Rolls-Royce Camargue; 1984 Rover SD1 police car; 1985 Skoda convertible; c.1970 Trabant military vehicle; 1964 Wartburg; 1971 Winchester taxi.
That’s before we get into the buses, the fire engines, the road sweepers, the aircraft, the replica of Stevenson’s Rocket, the Russian missile carrier and the incredibly rare, goppingly ugly pair of Replicar Cursors.
Everything is offered with no reserve, so there could be some real bargains. But most have probably been sat motionless for years, so will need some work before they can go back on the road. Typically for museum pieces, they look great, but could have deteriorated badly below the skin.
My personal favourites? The 1977 Ford Transit mobile police control centre; the 1991 Rover Scout concept, a proto-crossover based on the Metro; and the tracked Volvo Snocat.
Click through the gallery below to see some of the weirdest and wonderfulest cars in the auction.
View the full catalogue here
By Only Motors