Beaulieu Autojumble shines once again

Over four decades old, Beaulieu’s International Autojumble still provides auction and small-stand gems. Here’s the low-down on one of the biggest yet…

Boasting its usual variety of stands and auctions, last weekend’s award-winning Beaulieu International Autojumble attracted over 34,000 people to bask in the sun, browse, and buy cars, parts and automotive memorabilia.

The most valuable car under the hammer through Bonhams regular auction was a 1903 Panhard et Levassor 7hp Type A, as once exhibited in the Montagu Motor Museum, the forerunner to Beaulieu’s National Motor Museum. After an intense bidding war, a telephone bidder bought the car for £212,750 including auctioneer’s premium.

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Next best was a 1959 Jaguar XK150 S barn-find that sold for £66,125. A 1911 Vauxhall-powered racing hydroplane, night and day from the hydroplanes of today, went for £40,250. Other sale highlights included a £13,000 1957 Heinkel Kabine bubble car and a rare 1908 Phoenix 10hp Sports that smashed its reserve to sell for £25,300.

The Best Stand Award winners were Andrew Honeybill and Martin Gee, who have been part of the show for over four decades selling veteran, vintage and classic car spares. ‘I’ve been coming to Beaulieu’s autojumble for 41 years, since I was just 14,’ said Gee. ‘Apart from one year when we attended a family wedding, we haven’t missed an autojumble since.’

‘We both met here and keep coming back to the same spot in the show with our stand,’ added Honeybill.

Their award was presented by Lord Montagu, Lolly Lee – daughter of late autojumble regular Terry Lee – and judge James Walshe of event sponsor Practical Classics magazine. The Dutch Jansen family, who specialise in Lancia car parts, also celebrated four decades of autojumble trading.

Practical Classics displayed a rarely seen Tofaş Serçe derivative of the Fiat 124, driven to the show from Turkey, along with a pre-war American La France. Meanwhile, breathed life back into the MG engine of a recently bought 1930s Lancia Augusta, and the Morgan Sports Car Club celebrated 50 years of the Plus 8 by displaying several V8 examples.

One of the oldest offerings in the Automart car sales area was a yellow 1925 Morris Cowley 11.9hp, which had been maintained for 93 years and sold for £17,750. A 1962 Chrysler Newport sold for £25,000, while a small 1967 Fiat 600D went for £8750.

One buyer got their hands on a 1980 Peugeot J7 panel van from the last year of its 336,000-vehicle production run, which retained its original livery. Traders offered a variety of top-condition classics for sale in Dealermart, ranging from an ex-rally Ford Escort Mk1 to a rare 1948 Delahaye 135M.

‘Glorious sunshine across the weekend gave an upbeat feel, and spirits were high at this year’s event,’ said Beaulieu events manager Judith Maddox. ‘Trading was so strong that nobody wanted to stop selling on the Saturday.’

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