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ECLECTIC COLLECTION AT SWVA JANUARY AUCTION

ECLECTIC COLLECTION AT SWVA JANUARY AUCTION

Posted by Glenn Rowswell on 31st December 2020

South Western Vehicle Auctions will put a unique collection of eclectic classics under the hammer as part of its next classic sale on January 29, ranging from a pre-war Rolls-Royce to a barely used 2004 Ford Ka.

The eight-strong entry comes from the stable of the late Billy Baldwin – not the American actor, but a man who served his local community as part long-established family garage before passing away recently at the age of 69. Billy was the third generation of CA Baldwin & Sons Motor Engineers, which opened in 1934 and has operated in Edmonton, North London, for four generations.

The oldest vehicle – and surely the highlight – is a 1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30. In excellent condition with a beautiful patina to its original leather, this coachbuilt beauty is estimated at £25,000-£27,000. It’s in huge contrast to the next oldest vehicle – a restored, left-hand-drive 1971 Fiat 500 estimated at £6900-£7500. And staying with the 1970s, there’s a 1975 Jensen-Healey that joined the Baldwin fleet in 1989. Described as having few little blemishes but very usable, it could be a bargain at a predicted £3000-£4000.

Moving forward, a 1985 Ford Capri 2.0 Laser in tidy condition looks very appealing at an estimated £4000-£5000, while a 1990 VW Golf GL 1.8 4+E could be a good starter classic and is offered with no reserve.

You’ll also find a 1998 Jaguar XJ8 tantalisingly predicted at £1500-£2000, while upping the pace is a Tiger Super 6 Caterham replica estimated at £4000-£5000. An out-and-out track car, it’s powered by a quick Pinto engine and shows just 2494 miles.

Finally, there’s the 2004 Ford Ka, which wouldn’t normally be a classic car auction entry, but this is no ordinary example. It’s covered a warranted 179 miles only and is offered without reserve, surely representing a unique opportunity for a collector.

Each of the cars can be viewed strictly by appointment at SWVA’s Poole base. For more info see SWVA