Classic car auction attracts crowds

An auction of classic vehicles held in Dorset defied the downturn and saw some wonderful old vehicles make their former owners a tidy profit.

The majority of the vehicles found new owners at the Dorset Vintage and Classic Auctions' Spring Sale, with three quarters of the lots that went under the hammer sold.

During the busy sale a 1973 Iso Lele GT, which was discovered in a barn, sold for £1,980 despite having no engine or gearbox in place.

A Maxwell 23hp five-seat Tourer, dating back to 1923, reached a good price selling to a London-based buyer for £14,850, while a rare hardtop Mercedes-Benz 190SL with right-hand drive was among the most expensive lots of the auction, making £30,800.

Other classic vehicles sold at the auction included a 1946 Wolseley 14/60 from the Channel Islands and a rare Wolseley Eight, along with a 1931 Morris Cowley Coupe, a Jaguar Mk II 3.8, several MGB's and Morris Minors and five hundred items of automobilia and memorabilia.

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