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.
The cars went on to be auctioned on 2nd March, and here are the results: the 1939 Wolseley 10 saloon sold for £3,600, a 1934 Austin 7 box saloon £3,100 and a 1933 Morris Minor two-seat tourer £2,200. All were non-runners but restoration had been started by the two brothers and each represented a splendid project ready for the Spring.
The biggest surprise, however, was a dismantled Triumph 500cc motorcycle, found in bits scattered throughout the house: wheels in the garage; frame in an outhouse; fuel tank in the coal shed and the dismantled engine in a corner of a room. It sold for £2,800 against an estimate of £500-1,000.
This was overshadowed, though, by a rare and largely restored 1914 Rover 500cc motorcycle, registration AM 3830, which sold on estimate for £9,000. Best known as carmakers, Rover developed motorcycles in the 1900s and a TT model won the works team award in 1913.
A scarce 1949 Scott Flying Squirrel, a water-cooled motorcycle with three-speed gearbox, with original maroon and black paint that had been owned by the same family until 2016, was estimated at £4,000-6,000, and sold for £7,400, the success of the section prompting Robert Stones to invite further entries of classic vehicles for future sales.