Mighty Mini’s at Charterhouse

The Charterhouse auction of classic cars and motorcycles on Sunday 10th February includes a handful of Mini’s. “The Mini has to be one of the most instantly recognisable motor cars ever made. Its revolutionary design by Sir Alec Issigonis led the car which was to become a motoring icon when it was first produced in 1959. ” Commented Matthew Whitney. “Mini’s have always been popular at auction, no doubt aided by a great supply of spares, an active club scene, their versatility and that they are just fabulous fun! “The earliest of the Mini’s entered into the Charterhouse auction, which has nearly 50 classic cars and motorcycles, dates to 1962. This 850cc car has been in the same family ownership for 25 years and represents a fantastic opportunity to acquire an early low mileage Mini with good history at £8,000-9,000. At the other end of the scale, there is a rather special Mini. Having left the factory in 1970, it has now turned into a competitive sprint or hill climb car. Being highly modified, it is offered for sale £15,000-17,000, much lower than its build and development cost.However, if you are looking for a Mini on a smaller budget, then the 1971 car, which has been a local car covering an average of just 1,200 miles a year, could be your for £3,300-3,600. But for those of you looking for an interesting project, then a fully restored 1965 Mini Cooper S shell could be bought for £8,000-9,000. With fully completed Cooper S cars selling for over double the estimate, this represents a great opportunity for the lucky buyer.Viewing for this Charterhouse auction of classic cars and motorcycles at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, is on Saturday 9th February 9.30am-4pm, and on the auction day, Sunday 10th, also from 9.30. However, for those not able to attend, Charterhouse also offer a live internet bidding service which is proving increasingly popular, just give them a call 01935 812277 or email them on enquiry@charterhouse-auction.comCharterhouse is still accepting late entries for this and for their next classic car and motorcycle auction For further information, please contact Matthew Whitney, Associate Director, at Charterhouse in Sherborne 01935 812277 or go to their web site where you can see full details about the sale, all the cars and motorcycles.Mighty Mini’s at going under the Charterhouse HammerA 1962 Mini 850, family owned for 25 years £8,000-9,000A highly modified 1970 Mini sprint/hill climb car £15,000-17,000A 1971 Mini, having been a West Country car all its life having covered a believed 51,000 miles from new £3,300-3,600A 1965 rare Mini Cooper S rolling shell with running gear, needing finishing £8,000-9,000 For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Classic Cars at Charterhouse

The Charterhouse February classic car auction at The Royal Bath & West Showground was another great success with over £200,000 worth of vehicles sold. “The classic car and motorcycle market continues to be very buoyant with vehicles selling above estimate. ” Commented Matthew Whitney. “With interest rates remaining low in savings accounts, many of our clients would much rather put the money into a classic which they can now enjoy, take to shows, or pop down to the pub on a Sunday. Put simply, you get plenty of smiles for miles with classics! “A 1925 Riley 12hp four seater sports tourer was the star car at the auction. Sold for a client in Poole, it went to a car collector near Bridport for £36,000 after a bidding war against a specialist car museum in Devon. Elsewhere in the auction, a one family owned 1958 MG Magnette, which had been stored for many years in a barn that had become overgrown with brambles sold very well. Needing total restoration, it was pulled out of hiding and sold for £3,500. With Summer due sometime later this year, a 1961 Morris Minor convertible, adapted from a saloon, also sold well to a Norfolk bidder at £9,000, a 1923 Maxwell tourer, being sold for a client in Surrey, sold for £8,700, a 1962 Morris Mini-Minor which had only had one lady owner from new, sold for its Kent owner at £7,600.However, perhaps one of the more unusual lots in the Charterhouse auction was a 1983 Leyland Titan double decker bus. Having covered more miles than you will ever have hot dinners, it sold for a client in Cyprus bidding live on the internet, for £4,000.Charterhouse is now accepting for their forthcoming Spring auctions including medals, militaria, coins, stamps & other collectors items on Friday 14th March, followed by classic cars and motorcycles on Sunday 6th April and an auction of pictures, prints and books also in April.For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Matthew Whitney, Associate Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 812277 www.charterhouse-auction.com or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.com1925 Riley 25hp sold for £36,0001958 MG Magnette, as discovered by Charterhouse, sold for £3,6001983 Leyland Titan bus, sold to a buyer in Cyprus for £4,0001961 Morris Minor convertible sold for £9,000 For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director