When specialists from Nantwich fine art auctioneers Peter Wilson were called to the Sandbach home of two brothers to value the contents, they thought they knew what to expect. What they found surprised everyone: a trio of old motorcars lying seemingly forgotten in the garden … and a motorcycle in bits found scattered around the property.
Now petrolhead enthusiasts will be setting their satnavs to the saleroom on Thursday March 2 for an auction of the three 1930s “barn-find” discoveries and the 1970 Triumph, one of three motorcycles in the sale.
“The three cars – a 1939 Wolseley 10 saloon (estimate £2,000-4,000), a 1934 Austin 7 box saloon (each estimated at £2,000-4,000) and a 1933 Morris Minor two-seat tourer (£1,000-2,000) – are all non-runners but ripe for the restoration and we found the dismantled Triumph 500cc twin in bits throughout the house,” said Peter Wilson.
When news of the auction of the vehicles spread through the collecting community, others were prompted consign property for sale, notably a now scarce 1949 Scott Flying Squirrel with original maroon and black paint that had been owned by the same family until 2016.
Elsewhere, the sale is also notable for two complimentary collections of so-called “Mouseman” furniture, which graced homes for the last 40 years respectively in Preston and Stockport, Carpenter Robert “Mouseman” Thompson made hand-built furniture in his workshops in Kilburn, North Yorkshire, notably for church interiors. In his early career he famously complained he was “as poor as a church mouse”, leading him to adopt the creature as his trademark, carving a mouse on every piece he made. The tradition continues today with the company he founded.