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Stondon Museum sale raises £598k

Collection of weird and wonderful cars has been sold by Brightwells Auctioneers, following the closure of the Stondon museum

Following the closure of the Stondon Motor Museum last month, car enthusiasts were given the unique opportunity to own a piece of the eclectic collection as it went on sale on 10 June.

Founder John Saunders transformed a former garden centre into a fantastic, yet incredibly varied motoring museum. He started the collection in 1994, with the museum opening later the same year. It attracted fans from around the country for years, but Saunders sadly died in 2013. His family were simply unable to provide the care and maintenance that all of the vehicles required, so Brightwells were brought in to sell the collection.

The first sale took place back in April, including his extensive collection of motorcycles. The second sale last weekend contained the rest of the vehicles. Everything was offered with no reserve, apart from the Zil 131 with Gaz surface-to-Air Missile Transporter and SA-2 Missile, which had to be withdrawn from the sale due to the 1968 Firearms act!

The most expensive vehicle of the day was a 1950 Ford V8 Pilot ‘Woody’ Estate, which sold for an impressive £21,000, and in a close second place was the 1977 Rolls-Royce Camargue – ending at £20,500. Perhaps the bargain of the sale was the Aston Martin Lagonda – in need of some serious recommissioning work – which sold for just £17,000 (top image).

The slightly bizarre collection housed all sorts of unusual items, with a rickshaw selling for £880, along with a Tuk Tuk that made £3600. A replica of Stevenson’s rocket also sold for £800 and a Rolls-Royce Avon Jet Engine reached just £600.

More traditional classics were also in attendance, including as a BSA 3-wheeler, which sold for £11,000 and a 1970 Porsche 911, which sold for just £19,500. The Double Decker Regent bus sold for the very reasonable price of £8500.

All of the vehicles, ranging from the unusual to the down right dangerous, were in varying condition, and although it was a shame to see this fantastic collection broken up Many enthusiasts have picked up many bargains. In total, the auction raised £598,060 for the Saunders family.

Words: Rhys Barnwell

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