December 5 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Classic cars, including a Triumph Herald with only 20 miles on the clock, went under the hammer at an auction day on Saturday.
A 1,500-strong crowd flocked to East Anglian Motor Auctions in Wymondham for the chance to drive away cars and motorbikes dating back as far as the 1930s.
In total, there were 92 vehicles on sale from private owners all over the country, including the Jaguar Mark 2, MGs, Minis and Morris Minors.
The oldest lot was a 1931 Fiat on sale from a private owner in Bury St Edmunds, which fetched £3,700.
However, the car that attracted the most attention was the Triumph, which was one of three Triumphs owned by a car dealer from west Norfolk which went under the hammer.
The other two included a 1977 Dolomite and 1979 Dolomite SE.
The Triumph Herald, which sold for £13,500, was delivered to a female customer in 1961, but when she died the car was returned to the original seller, who discovered that it had not been driven since the day it was delivered and decided to keep it as part of his private collection.
The model was first manufactured in 1959 by the Standard Triumph company in Coventry, retailing for £700 and more than 50,000 of the vehicles were sold.
The car, which still had its original tax disc, has also featured on the BBC show Top Gear and was among the cars paraded around the stadium during the closing ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic games.
However, cars were not the only stars of the auction, as classic motorbikes were also among the lots, including a BMW R80, Moto Morini and BSA Super Rocket.
The BSA fetched the most, being sold for £5,050.
Auctioneer Tristram Belemore-Smith said the numbers attending the event exceeded all expectations.
He added: “It was very good. It was double the amount of people that we were expecting, which is a very good turnout. I think the reason for that was that there had been a lot of publicity for the event beforehand.”
The annual auction has been taking place, on and off, since 1986.