By Maurice Hardy

Dorset Vintage and Classic Auctions got its 2019 season off to a flying start at Henstridge Airfield, marking a return to the venue where many of its previous sales were held.

Star of the cars was a 1907 Darracq 10/12 hp Two Seater which sold for £26,400, in excess of its lower estimate of £25,000-£35,000.

DVCA 1907 Darracq – sold for £26,400

Disproving known mathematical theories, auction bidders showed that 4×7 no longer equals 28 – it multiplies to become £30,690, the total paid for four Austin 7s:

  • 1930 RK Fabric saloon £7,260 (estimate £7,000)
  • 1932 Austin 7 Four Seat Tourer £11,000 (estimate £12,000)
  • 1933 “Box” saloon £6,710 (estimate £6,500)
  • 1938 Ruby saloon £5,720 (estimate £5,500).

DVCA 1932 Austin 7 Tourer

All the sevens appearing on the FDP 777 registration of an Alvis TA21 rolling chassis project may have helped bring the luck that saw it sell for £3,740 against a £3,000 estimate.

An ex-Home Office 1956 Land Rover Series 1 86 inch made £8,250 (£8,000). Just out of 30 years’ storage, it was ready for use after recommissioning in its delightfully original condition. An off-road enthusiast with both ambition and skill successfully bid £2,090 (estimate £2,000) for a 1976 Toyota Land Cruiser in the middle of conversion to a winch-equipped, Jeep open-style format.

TVR is a make always sought by enthusiasts and a 1990 TVR 350SE special edition, one of only 25 produced to mark the end of the distinctive wedge profile TVRs powered by Rover-sourced V8 engines, sold for £6,710 (estimate £4,000).

DVCA 1956 Land Rover Series 1

DVCA 1990 TVR 350 SE

A classic 80s performance hatchback in the form of a white Alfa Romeo 33 1.7 Cloverleaf Veloce was bought for £3,190 (£3,000) while an Oselli-engined 1976 MG B Roadster promises an interesting summer for the bidder who paid £5,720.

Proving the appeal of Mercedes-Benz saloons, a 1998 E240 Elegance saloon sold for £2,640 to a buyer who becomes only its third owner from new while a 1968 230 saloon sold for £3,740. The buyer of a 1964 Ford Zodiac Mk 3 saloon £6,710 (estimate £6,500) will also enjoy a return to the Swinging 60s in Ford’s top model of the day.

Enthusiasts for light commercial vehicles also had their day, with one paying £3,630 (estimate £3,000) for a 1984 Citroen Acadiane van, based on the Dyane developed from the revered 2CV, and another happily parting with £800 (estimate £500) for a barn find 22,000 mile 1980 Daihatsu Taft F20, a 4×4 vehicle noted for its toughness.

DVCA 1932 Rolls-Royce 20-25 Limousine – sold for an undisclosed sum

A 1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine with a distinctive black over primrose body built by Vincent of Reading sold immediately after the auction for an undisclosed sum.

Star of the motorcycle lots was a 1965 BSA B40 Star 350 which sold for £3,410, well beyond top guide of £3,000. Another auction lot originally purchased by the Home Office, it had passed into private hands by the 1980s.

A 1955 James Cadet 150 cc sold for £990, well above the £600 estimate while a 1976 Kawasaki Z750 Twin made £1,650, above the £1,500 guide. Even a 1978 Honda 50 moped, potentially an interesting restoration project offered at no reserve, was seen to have potential by a bidder who paid £115.

DVCA 1965 BSA B40 Star 350 – sold for £3,410

The final motorcycle lot, a ready-to-ride ride 1979 Honda XL 185, sold for £715, beating the guide of £600.

“This was our first sale at Henstridge for several years but the venue showed itself to be a success with good access and clubhouse facilities,” added Mr Chant.

“We saw familiar and new faces among a bigger-than-usual crowd and some determined bidding for many lots to bring a success rate of 63 per cent for the auction.”

The next sale, DVCA’s 50th, will be at Henstridge Airfield, midway between Shaftesbury and Sherborne, on Thursday, July 11 with free-to-access viewing on the 10th.

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