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Charterhouse Automobilia Classic Cars and Motorbikes Auction

hillman-car.jpgA 1939 Hillman 14, owned by the same person for 45 years, is included in the Charterhouse auction of automobilia, classic cars and motorbikes in Sherborne on Saturday 12th July.

“We often joke about vehicles being one lady or vicar owner, but in this case we can certainly say it has been in the same ownership for an extensive time, in fact it is longer than I have been alive, albeit by just a year!” Commented motoring specialist Matthew Whitney at Charterhouse. “This Hillman is in largely original condition having been maintained by the owner during his life. With the owner now advancing in years, and having recently had a major operation, it is now time for him to give the car up to someone new. However, I very much doubt that the new owner will keep the car for another 45 years, but you never know!”

Fitted with a 14hp 2200 cc engine, running boards, crossply tyres, drum brakes all round and a four speed gearbox, it certainly gives a wonderful period driving experience. It was first registered in April 1939, just months before the start of the Second World War. These Hillman’s were particularly popular amongst the armed forces for use as staff cars, and this one is estimated at a modest £1400-1800 when it goes under the Charterhouse hammer at Blackmarsh Farm, Sherborne, Dorset on Saturday 12th July.

Also entered into this auction are a Bentley 4 ¼ litre three position drop head coupe, one of only a few made by Mulliner Park Ward in 1938, two Bentley Mk VI standard Steel saloons, another Mk VI bodied by H J Mulliner, a rare 1937 Rolls Royce 20/25 faux drop head with a wonderful rakish body by Mulliner Park Ward and a Rolls Royce Corniche Convertible ideal for running down to the South of France for the season resplendent in silver complete with electric sunroof, electric seats and the all important air conditioning.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their forthcoming programme of specialist auctions including classic cars and motorbikes in July, pictures and books also in July and Beswick & Royal Doulton in August. To arrange a free home visit throughout the West Country, please contact Matthew Whitney or Richard Bromell, Partner at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3BS, 01935 812277.