Classic car specialist Julian Shoolheifer discusses two classic cars that he is pleased to present in our upcoming Design auction on 26 January. A 1933 Austin Seven Saloon and a 1956 Morris Minor Series II 'Split Screen' Four Door Saloon will open the sale with a bang as they make up the first two opening lots. Find out more about the provenance and condition of these two excellent original models
When the weather and health restrictions allow a return to the open road, Sworders have just the thing to occupy your time. The Design sale on January 26 includes two classics of British motoring.
A 1956 Morris Minor Series II ‘split screen’ saloon has, remarkably, been owned by a single family from new. Supplied by Stewart & Ardern of Acton, the paperwork includes the original instruction manual in original envelope as well as the original Morris Maintenance Service Book, RAC and AA ephemera. The lot also includes a large quantity of MOT test certificates dating back to 1965.
1956 Morris Minor Series II 'Split Screen' Four Door Saloon
Estimate - £3,500 - 4,500
Finished in grey with a red pinstripe, the car was the subject of a comprehensive restoration in 1989 by Charles Ware’s Morris Minor Centre in Bath and both the bodywork and the interior are in nice condition.
Sworders classic car specialist Julian Shoolheifer is also pleased to offer a 1933 Austin Seven saloon. He describes this pre-war classic as in 'fair' condition so it may need a little attention in the workshop during the lockdown hours. Nonetheless, it has seen regular use in the last 14 years and the car starts easily.
1933 Austin Seven Saloon
Estimate - £4,000-6,000
Julian has worked with Sworders since the 1990s. "My history in assisting Sworders in selling vintage and classic cars goes back at least three decades and the Sworders team never fails to impress. Sellers can have confidence that vehicles will be professionally and accurately appraised and the very best advice given with prices wholly market-correct, Or better. Buyers can be sure to find gems, often with local histories, and the lure of a bargain or simply a vehicle that couldn’t be found elsewhere. The classic car market remains stable, strong even, in some areas. Low interest rates mean a car or motorbike is as safe a place as any to put your money and with everything else that’s going on in the world classic vehicles allow some escapism. The freedom and enjoyment of driving a classic on quieter roads is still immeasurable."
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