Over 2000 attend remarkable 'Affordable Classics' sale

100 percent of non-JLR projects from the Hull Collection sell out in the Brightwells dispersal sale at Bicester Heritage – surely the sale of the year!

Over 2000 classic car enthusiasts are thought to have attended the Brightwells sale of Jaguar Land Rover Classic’s surplus ex-James Hull Collection vehicles.

Every one of the 100 non-JLR classics and projects was sold – but several were overshadowed by the spectacular prices paid for many of the same collector’s 140 pedal cars in the preceding session. The entire sale grossed some £380,000 with premium at this truly extraordinary clearance event, held in the WW2 hangar at Bicester Heritage.

Although a 32,005-mile 2002 AMG Merc CL63 sold for £22,660 to head the prices during the ‘No Reserve’ dispersal sale, a Reliant Scimitar GTE 4x4 Ferguson prototype was the top-selling classic, with a £14,300 performance.

As with most of the other cars being cleared by Jaguar Land Rover, though, the 4x4 Scimitar was a non-runner in poor cosmetic order. The same can be said of the 1978 Vauxhall Chevette 2300 HS project, which also had no paperwork and last ran more than ten years ago. Nonetheless, it was taken on for £12,100.

Another noteworthy Vauxhall performance was that of a rare surviving 1960 Velox Friary Estate by Abbott of Farnham. Complete with sunshade atop the screen, but again with no history apart from three old MoTs, it made a cool £9900.

A far more plebeian Vauxhall that should also run under its own power without too much grief was a 1964 Victor Deluxe Estate with a four-on-the-floor manual gearbox. It went for £6820. Meanwhile, a £330 1963 Victor FB Estate in primer with some glass trim removed may have already reached the end of the road.

Full recommissioning at least will be required before a 1952 Austin A40 (below) with Jensen-fitted sports bodywork can be safely released onto the highway. Sporting a very period Pye radio, Redex Car Care Robot and triple Notek Blue Spots, it was bought for £15,400.

An A40 Sports of similar vintage was much cheaper, at £6270. It was apparently sound and reportedly last on the road eight years ago.

A 1974 Rover P6 3500 auto ‘Estourer’ estate was the final lot in a very long and well attended event. One of around 150 Rover-approved FLM Panelcraft conversions, and a long-time Swedish resident, it had 56,150 indicated miles and sold for £10,560.

Meanwhile, despite its history file consisting of a solitary V5C, a 1969 Rover P5B Coupé in black with an indicated 78,600 miles, that had last been running five years ago, still sold for £5170.

With a 1975 tax disc signposting when it had last been driven, a rhd 1960 Borgward Isabella Coupé made £7818.

A Morris Minor Million – one of 350 of the celebratory 1961 milestone production edition in lurid lilac – cost a buyer £7920. Full restoration with major welding was not included…

A 1990 MG Maestro Turbo – one of 99 that are still registered in the UK and could at least be driven (as proven by the AutoClassics team before the sale) – found a nostalgic prepared to part with £5940 for the trip.

A Vauxhall PA Cresta in pink metal-flake with pearl roof was an early one from 1958, hence the three rear windows. Last MoT’d in 2012, the 60-year-old cruiser could still pull £7700.

Rare in rhd was a Pietro Frua-penned 1968 Renault Caravelle convertible, which raised £5940; necessary recommissioning costs were extra. By far the oldest Frog in the hangar, though, was a circa 1938 Peugeot 402 barn find without papers, which was taken on by a Francophile for £6600. Bonne chance!

More about the collection

AutoClassics was given early access to the sale cars. This was our sneak preview video. And if you’re as intrigued by the collection as we were, here is how it came about.

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