The Summer Sale

Dorset Vintage and Classic Auctions’ Summer Sale of historic motor cars, commercial vehicles, motorcycles and memorabilia was a resounding success, with a pleasing 75% of all vehicles sold. The DVCA team welcomed hundreds of motoring enthusiasts who braved the inclement British summer weather to attend the sale at the Gartell Light Railway in Yenston, Somerset, on the 14th June.

The auction boasted a fine selection of Bentleys, which all found new custodians: the supremely elegant 1954 R-Type Drophead Coupe Special headed off to North Wales for £41250, and a sporting Mk VI Special achieved £24200. An extremely dilapidated 1949 Bentley Mk VI Saloon which had been in basic storage since the Queen’s Silver Jubilee sold for an exceptional price of £5335, and a 1950 example of the same model made £8525.

Pre-war motor cars were represented by a pretty 1936 Austin Seven Special which achieved an excellent £8470, together with three restoration projects: a Ford Popular Model-Y Tudor Saloon which sold for £2530 and two Austin Ten Saloons, making £1650 and £1375.

Motorcycles collectors were well-catered for with an array of interesting machines: amongst others, a beautiful BSA A65D Lightning Rocket sold for £5280, a rare gold-plated Honda Monkey Z50J achieved £2970, and two Hondas from a private collection – a CBX100Z and a CB500 Four – sold for £4895 and £3850 respectively.

A selection of elegant saloons were also offered at the auction, including an Alvis TC21/100 Grey Lady Saloon sold for £13750, a Lanchester LD Ten Saloon with Coachwork by Barker & Co made £4895, an original Rover P3 60 Saloon achieved £10450 and a Packard Super Eight sold for £9900. A rare Borgward Isabella Station Wagon found a new home in Wales for £4950.

Virtually all of the 150 lots of automobilia sold, which included vintage signs, a J40 pedal car, die-cast models, a Hammond petrol pump and sales brochures.

Finally, an iconic and extremely popular 1968 Bedford CA Dormobile Romany Motorhome in superb condition sold for an exceptional £7975, just in time for some super summer weather, fingers crossed…..