Mini’s Muster at Charterhouse Classic Car Auction

The Charterhouse November classic car and motorcycle auction includes a group of Mini’s rarely seen on our roads today. “The classic car market is particularly buoyant at present with high prices being achieved across the broad spectrum of vehicles. ” Commented Matthew Whitney. “However, whilst cars such as Aston Martin and Jaguar E Types continue to produce bidding wars as demand outstrips supply, there are other winners such as the range of classic Mini’s. Once a common sight on our roads, their numbers are dwindling as they are more and more often being put into private collections. “There are several star Mini’s in the Charterhouse auction, with some of them estimated higher than the price of a new Mini!First up is an extremely rare 1961 Mini pick up. Being from the first year of pick up production, this is probably the earliest pick up currently available. One family owned from new, and with only 27,000 recorded miles, this Mini has spent the whole of its life in Dorset and Somerset. Now looking for a new owner, this marvellous little commercial vehicle is estimated at £11,000-13,000.Estimated at £3,000 more is a 1969 Mini Cooper S from a client in Cornwall. Being a matching numbers car, in perhaps arguably the most desirable Cooper specification, this Mini has been garage stored since 1988.Perhaps for the purist, is a 1960 Austin Se7en. Sporting just an 850cc engine, the first owner had the factory put in many boy racer extras such as numerous dials, toggles and even faux leopard seat covers, no doubt the height of fashion in its day! Now looking for a new garage, this early Mini is estimated at £10,000-15,000.However, for the Mini owner who is looking for some fun in the sun, Charterhouse has a Mini Moke from a client in Wiltshire. Painted in a patriotic red, white and blue combination, this summer fun motor is estimated at £4,000-6,000Charterhouse is now accepting late entries for this auction of classic cars and motorcycles on Sunday 3rd November at The Royal Bath & West Showground.For further information regarding this auction, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Matthew Whitney, Associate Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 812277 or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.comMini Moke £4,000-6,000Mini Cooper S £14,000-18,000Mini pick up £11,000-13,000Original boy racer 850cc Austin Se7en Mini £10,000-15,000 For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Triumph is Top Trump at Charterhouse Auction

A Triumph TR3a is just one of the star cars in the Charterhouse auction of classic cars on Sunday 12th February. “Triumph Motor Cars always evoke memories for everyone, but possibly none more so than the famous TR sports car range, and we are pleased to receive instructions to sell this beautiful original UK 1960 Triumph TR3a . ” Commented Matthew Whitney. “Despite the doom and gloom there is around at the moment, and we have just had our best ever year for selling classic and vintage cars with an impressive total of over £700,000. Many of our clients prefer to have money in motors rather than sitting in the bank earning them little interest, with buyers often buying classic cars they enjoyed in their youth or possibly cars they aspired to when they were younger. “The Triumph TR3a entered into the Charterhouse auction has been fully restored to a high standard by its owner. It is known as a matching numbers car whereby the car still retains the original engine and gearbox as it was supplied with new over 50 years ago. Since it has been it its current owners hands it has undergone a total restoration and is now finished in Triumph powder blue, is trimmed in blue leather, sits on chrome wire wheels, and the engine has been converted to run on unleaded fuel. Estimates at £15,000-18,000, the owner is selling as he gets more enjoyment out of restoring his cars rather than driving them.For more details of this auction or to consign a classic or vintage car, please contact Matthew Whitney, Head of Classic & Vintage Cars at Charterhouse, The Long Street Saleroom, Sherborne, Dorset on 01935 812277, or via email at mw@charterhouse-auction.comCaption:Top Triumph TR3a going under the Charterhouse hammer in February £15,000-18,000Quick Links Forthcoming SalePrevious SaleSale Preview Tel: (01935) 812277 For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Green Goddess up for Grabs at Charterhouse Classic Vehicle Auction

A 1955 Bedford Self Propelled Pump, which is more affectionately known as a Green Goddess, is one of the more unusual lots in the Charterhouse classic vehicle auction on Sunday 3rd November. “The Auxiliary Fire Service was formed after WWII as part of civil defence preparations against major incidents. It was originally thought they would be a reserve stock in the case of a nuclear attack resulting in widespread fires which the Fire Service might not be able to control. ” Commented Matthew Whitney. “However, with a cruising speed of about 40-45mph, no power steering, not the greatest of cornering capabilities and a low fuel consumption of 8-10 miles per gallon, it is a relief we never had to use them! “This particular Green Goddess remained in store with the Scottish Home & Health Department seeing light service including pumping water from a reservoir in the hot summer of 1969. It is also believed to have seen service during the fireman’s strike of 1978, along with a few non starring roles in films at Pinewood Studios.The current owner acquired the vehicle in 2008 where upon he embarked on a full restoration programme. Painted in military green this classic commercial vehicle is now looking for a its next custodian. With the benefit of being not only tax exempt but also MOT exempt, there should be plenty of bidding on the day.Viewing for this Charterhouse auction of classic cars and motorcycles at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, is on Saturday 2nd November 9.30 €“ 4, with the sale starting at 11.30 on Sunday 3rd. If you are unable to attend the auction, live internet bidding is available through www.i-bidder.com/charterhouse For full listings of the 60 vehicles and for further information, log on to www.charterhouse-auction.com or contact Matthew Whitney, Associate Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 812277 or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.comThe Charterhouse Green Goddess £3,000-5,000 For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Charterhouse Triumph

A 1973 Triumph TR6 is which was last on the road in 1993 has already been entered into the Charterhouse auction of classic cars on Sunday 22nd April. “It has been entered into the auction from a deceased estate and is only a two owner car having been purchased when it was just two years old. ” Commented Matthew Whitney. “It was fully restored in 1992 but has remained in the its garage since 1993 until we recently collected it from amongst the lawn and garden tools! “This late model fuel injected TR6 with a work hardtop has already sparked interest from collectors and enthusiasts and should have no difficulty in passing its modest estimate of £3,000-5,000.For more details of this auction or to consign a classic or vintage car, please contact Matthew Whitney, Head of Classic & Vintage Cars at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset on 01935 812277, or via email at mw@charterhouse-auction.comCaption:In amongst the garden tools, a Triumph TR6 having been garage stored for nearly 20 years, despite having been fully restored £3,000-5,000Quick Links Forthcoming Sale Previous Sale Sale Preview Tel: (01935) 812277 For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Chinese Censer Creates a Commotion at Charterhouse

A Chinese censer, which Charterhouse Auctioneers discovered on top of a wardrobe in a Dorset farmhouse, sold for a massive £154,250 in their October auction. “When I first spied the censer it was sitting on top of a wardrobe, rather like a wise old owl. Having taken it down, and cleaned off numerous layers of dust built up over the years I thought what a beautiful design the all over repeating floral pattern was. However, I also noticed that one of the handles had been repaired with a staple and that the cover might not quite fit the base. ” Commented Richard Bromell.The Chinese censer was then featured on the cover of the Charterhouse catalogue and featured in an international trade paper. Estimated at up to £3,000, primarily due to the old repair and having an associated cover, there was huge interest from London, China and the USA in the lot before the auction on Friday 25th October. With a bank of ten telephone lines booked with bidders from around the world, along with strong internet bidding, the hammer finally fell to a London client who parted with £154,250. Although considerably higher than the Charterhouse estimate, the owner had the censer looked at by another firm of auctioneers a few years before who advised him it was worth just £400!This is the second time this year Charterhouse in Sherborne has sold a damaged piece of pottery for a six figure sum. In February, they sold an Italian istoriato maiolica plate with a chip for £565,000. Rather bizarrely, both pieces of chipped pottery have spent decades living less than 2 miles away from each other. Charterhouse is now accepting for their forthcoming programme of antiques auctions with specialist sections of ceramics, silver, watches & jewellery in November and for their December collectors auction including coins, stamps, medals and clocks.For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell, Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 812277 or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.comRichard Bromell with the beautiful Chinese censer discovered on top of a wardrobe sold for £154,250The Chinese censer sold for £154,250Quick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Appointments at Charterhouse

Naomi Grabham and Matthew Whitney have both been appointed Associate Directors at Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne.Charterhouse Auctioneers, based at The Long Street Salerooms in Sherborne, are a family run business set up at the end of the last century. Owned and run by Richard and Abigail Bromell, the business has seen consistent growth and expansion over the past decade, and in particular, over the past 5 years. “Matthew, our Classic Car expert, has worked for us for nearly 12 years. Initially as a consultant, he moved to us full time 8 years ago. During this time he has sold millions of pounds of classic cars, with one auction last year totalling £360,000, making Charterhouse one of the leading firms of classic car auctioneers in the Country. ” Commented Richard Bromell. “Naomi first came to us on work experience before she had even taken her GCSE’s! After her A levels, she went to university where she passed her degree in Fine Arts & Valuation with flying colours, joining us immediately afterwards. Today, Naomi heads up our ceramic and glass department and is a well known and highly respected expert in Beswick and Royal Doulton. “In addition to these appointments, Charterhouse Auctioneers have also appointed Jade Bailey as a Business Administration Apprentice. She moves to Charterhouse from The Gryphon School in Sherborne. Jade will help with all aspect of administration in the business and has special responsibility for the post. With Charterhouse selling to clients around the world through live internet bidding there are always parcels to be packed, weighed and checked on a daily basis.Matthew Whitney (left) Associate Director, Naomi Grabham (middle) Associate Director & Richard Bromell, Director (right)Jade Bailey, Business Administration Apprentice at CharterhouseQuick Links Forthcoming Sale Contact Previous Sale How to find us Sale Catalogues Tel: (01935) 812277 For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Time Warp Triumph Motorcycle at Charterhouse

A 1981 Triumph Bonneville T140E motorcycle is one of the great lots already entered into the Charterhouse auction of classic cars and motorcycles in February. “It is quite simply amazing. ” Commented Matthew Whitney. “We often come across low mileage vehicles with one lady vicar owners, but in this case, the Triumph has never been registered, has never been on the road and has never been started! “This classic Triumph Bonneville has the 750cc twin engine with front disc brake and is finished in a rare smoky flame two tone metallic paint. Still retaining some of its protective grease covering from when it left the factory for transportation, it represents a truly unique opportunity to acquire a piece of iconic British motorcycling history.The owner, who lives near Crewkerne, has retired and is planning a move to Devon. Originally costing £1,064.53p in 1981, it is estimated to sell for £9,500-10,500 in 2014 at this specialist Charterhouse auction on Sunday 16th February.Charterhouse is now accepting for their forthcoming programme of auctions including their collector’s auction including coins, stamps, medals and clocks in December, Pictures, Beswick and Royal Doulton in January and classic cars and motorcycles in February.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 or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.comThe amazing time warp Triumph, being sold by Sherborne based Charterhouse Auctioneers in February £9,500-10,500 For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

A Mini Miracle at Charterhouse Classic Car Auction

A time warp one owner Mini Cooper is one of the star cars in the Charterhouse auction of Classic & Vintage cars on Sunday 4th November at The Royal Bath & West Showground. “It is probably the most important Mini Cooper I have been instructed to sell. ” Commented Matthew Whitney. “It was purchased new in 1966 from Stringers in Portsmouth by Mr Smith and he drove it until the hot summer of 1976 when it was driven into the garage where is did not turn another wheel until earlier this year when relatives started to clear his house after he passed away. Making amazing discoveries such as this is what being an auctioneer is all about, but on this occasion it was in a Christchurch domestic garage rather than a farmyard barn on the middle of Exmoor. ” Mini Coopers are synonymous with the swinging sixties and an icon of British motoring. However, what is so special about this particular Mini Cooper is that it has only covered 22,270 miles over the past 46 years. So often classic Mini’s have covered intergalactic miles or had panels and engines replaced, but this Cooper is a matching numbers car in totally original condition. During the 1960’s and 1970’s Mr Smith worked on cruise ship which explains why the car never travelled far.Over the past few years, Mini’s have steadily risen in value and Charterhouse have had some outstanding Mini results including a Mini pick up sold for £8,200, a Mini custom van sold for £12,200 and a late model 1995 Mini Cooper with just a few hundred miles £12,500.Viewing for this Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars is on Saturday 3rd November at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, in conjunction with the Footman James Classic Car Show. The auction is on Sunday 4th November with the cars starting at 1.00pm. Full details and all the car entries are available on www.charterhouse-auction.com Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their busy programme of auctions, including late entries into this classic and vintage cars, a special auction of silver, jewellery & watches, and wine, port & spirits, all in November. To arrange a free home visit or for more information regarding these auctions please contact Matthew Whitney, Associate Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email on mw@charterhouse-auction.comA 1966 Mini Cooper in a miraculously original condition with only one owner and 22,270 recorded miles in 46 years £8,000-12,000 For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Don’t Drink and Drive

Charterhouse Auctioneers have a busy programme of three auctions in February, when bidders will be able to buy a huge variety of lots from fine wine to classic cars. “We always encourage our bidders to enjoy their purchases, but would not recommend mixing wine with classic cars! ” Commented Richard Bromell. “It looks to be an exciting marathon of three auctions over four days starting on Thursday 13th February with silver, jewellery and watches, closely followed by wine, ceramics and furniture on Friday 14th, with the weekend being rounded off with an auction of over 70 classic vehicles at The Royal Bath & West Showground on Sunday 16th. “The lots going under the Charterhouse hammer will have wide appeal to all bidders. Some of the more unusual lots include a vintage Chanel handbag £300-400, a gentleman’s 18ct gold pocket watch £2,000-3,000, a silver candelabrum, brought to Charterhouse from France as hand luggage on an easyJet flight at £1,000-1,500, a 5 litre or jeroboam bottle of Chateau Beaumont £400-600 and an Alvis Firefly vintage car at £33,000-35,000.For full information regarding these auction please contact the auctioneers on 01935 812277 or on www.charterhouse-auction.com where all the lots can be viewed.Charterhouse is now accepting for their forthcoming programme of auctions including clocks, medals, stamps and other collector’s items in March and for their next auction of classic cars and motorcycles in April.For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell, Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 812277 or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.com Anna Williams with the vintage Chanel handbag £300-400The silver candelabrum, brought to Charterhouse as hand luggage on an easyJet flight, £1,000-1,500A gentleman’s 18ct gold pocket watch £2,000-3,000A 5 litre bottle of Chateau Beaumont £400-600An Alvis Firefly £33,000-35,000Quick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Money You Can Bank On

A collection of old banknotes are worth big bucks in the Charterhouse collector’s auction on 13th & 14th December. “The client bought the banknotes in the late 1970’s and put them away for nearly 30 years. He is now having a sort out in his house before he moves to Worcestershire where his family lives, and took advantage of the free specialist valuation days we hold here every week. ” Commented Richard Bromell. “The market for coins, medals, stamps and banknotes is very strong at present. As a result, we have achieved some very high prices in our specialist collector’s auctions and when these banknotes go under the hammer they have the added bonus of being sold live on the internet. “The most valuable notes from this collection are two white £100 Bank of England banknotes. With consecutive numbers, being in an extremely fine condition and dating to 1935, they are estimated to sell for £1,000-2,000.Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their busy programme of auctions including coins, medals, stamps, model toys and collectors items in December followed by an auction of pictures, prints and books in January.To arrange a free home visit or for more information regarding these auctions please contact Richard Bromell, Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email on enquiry@charterhouse-auction.comPut Your Money Where Your Mouth Is €“ one of the two £100 banknotes being sold by Charterhouse in their December Collectors auction £1,000-2,000Quick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director