Classic cars set to drive a hard bargain

ROLLS-ROYCE, Maserati, Jensen, Ferrari and Lotus are just some of the marques to be featured in a classic car sale on Saturday.Around 30 vehicles are set to go under the hammer at the Reeman Dansie auction rooms at Wyncolls Road in Colchester.

ROLLS-ROYCE, Maserati, Jensen, Ferrari and Lotus are just some of the marques to be featured in a classic car sale on Saturday.

Around 30 vehicles are set to go under the hammer at the Reeman Dansie auction rooms at Wyncolls Road in Colchester.

And one lot, a 1963 Morris light van, is a particularly unusual find.

The four cylinder vehicle was bought from Holdings and Son of Heybridge in 1963 by Tiptree builder Ronald Huckson, who wanted to use it for work.


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But he soon discovered it wasn't quite big enough and so it was garaged for a number of years.

However, Mr Huckson made sure it was always roadworthy and passed its MOT, keeping it in good condition.

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He even had complete body restoration and Rose taupe respray - by Kelevdon Coachworks - in 1994 at a cost of £3,000.

The van, which is in immaculate condition, has only 63,500 miles on the clock.

Yesterday Mr Huckson said he had put the van up for auction because he had no use for it.

"In the last 10 years I don't think its done 1,000 miles, and its only done that because the local garage advised it," he said.

"I keep having to insure and MOT it. I'm 84 and I just thought - to put it bluntly - I don't want the damn thing."

He added: "I decided to have it auctioned because I am no good at selling things, and I don't want any part of that side of it," he said.

Also going up for sale are a yellow Lotus Elite with just 51,500 miles on the clock, a 1970 Maserati Ghibli SS - of which there are only five or six in the country - and a 1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, complete with electric divider, cocktail cabinet and rear seat radio.

Auctioneer James Grinter said: "We have had lots of interest in this sale, from people across the country.

"We will probably have 100 or so people here and I'm really looking forward to it."

The auction begins at 11am.

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