Barn-found collection joins H&H Classics auction docket

Some of the cars found in barns and now heading to auction | H&H Classics photos
Some of the cars found in barns and now heading to auction | H&H Classics photos

‘Time capsule.” That’s how H&H Classics is describing two car collections of primarily pre-war classics — one of them farm-found — consigned for the docket for its upcoming auction June 2 at the National Motorcycle Museum.

One collection — the Home Farm collection — includes 11 cars and 34 motorcycles, all found dust-covered in barns in Berkshire, U.K.

The other collection — the County Wexford collection — includes 14 cars, among them one of three 1939 Triumph Dolomite 14/60 drophead coups known to still survive.

“Once in a while, doing what I do, you stumble across a collection which is pure magic,” Damian Jones, head of sales at H&H Classics, said in a news release. “The contents of this horde (the Home Farm vehicles) could have met the vehicular needs of an entire village during the late 1930s from the squire downwards.

“The fact that many of the motorcycles and motorcars are still swathed in dust and cobwebs only adds to the fascination of what can best be described as an automotive ‘time-capsule.’ True enthusiasts are going to love this collection.”

H&H Classics noted that many of the vehicles have been off the road for decades. Among the vehicles is a 1912 Buick Model 35C tourer still wearing its original and now 105-year-old paint. The collection also includes a 1925 Bean 14hp saloon formerly owned by British newspaper magnate Ray Tindle.

Other cars in the collection include:

  • A 1931 Austin 12/6 Harley saloon
  • A 1934 Citroen Ten Rosalie saloon
  • A 1934 Morris 10/4 faux cabriolet
  • A 1922 Humber 11.4hp doctor’s coupe
  • A 1926 Morris Cowley ‘Bullnose’ tourer
  • A 1922 1922 Citroen Type C ‘Cloverleaf’ tourer
  • A 1926 Austin Seven Top Hat R saloon
  • A 1929 Rover 10/25 Riviera saloon

    Barn-found bikes from the 1920s
    Barn-found bikes from the 1920s

The motorcycles are primarily from the 1920s and include a 1924 Humber 350, a 1924 BSA “Roundtank” Junior and a 1928 Triumph NP.

“This collection offers a fantastic opportunity to pick up one of the great names of 1920s British biking in reasonable condition,” said Mark Bryan of the H&H motorcycle department. “They have not run for a few years but won’t take much TLC to bring into good running order.

“They are all very original and all eligible for the Banbury Run.” (The  Vintage Motor Cycle Club Banbury Run is open to pre-1931 motorcycles and three-wheelers and this year celebrates its 69th annual running.)

 

The County Wexford collection
The County Wexford collection

Also on the docket is the County Wexford collection that includes a 1938 Austin 20hp Mayfair limousine purchased new by the fifth marquess of Bath, as well as a 1931 Willys Overland Whippet coupe.

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