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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
They have less than 200 miles on the clock between them and you can count their owners on one hand.
A collection of the country’s rarest cars including three Triumphs – a 1961 Herald, a 1977 Dolomite and 1979 Dolomite SE – will be going under the hammer at East Anglian Motor Auctions in Wymondham later this month.
The Triumphs were owned by a car dealer from west Norfolk and these cars form the final part of his collection.
Auctioneer Tristram Belemore-Smith said: “He was a Triumph dealer. He sold the Triumph Herald to a lady when it was brand new and she never used it at all.
“She died a few years after he sold it to her and he bought it back and kept it in storage.
“It’s in great condition but it has a few age-related marks. It’s completely original – it’s just as it came out of the factory. It’s quite an unusual car.”
The car, which has just 20 miles on the clock, is expected to fetch between £12,000 and £15,000 at auction.
“I think it will be sold to a museum or a collector. It would be devalued if it was used.
“We have had a lot of interest from both collectors and museums,” added Mr Belemore-Smith.
The car even has its original tax disc from 1961, when 12 months road tax cost just £15.
Also under the hammer will be a 1977 Triumph Dolomite 1500HL in sandglow yellow with just 67 miles on the clock.
The car has been kept in storage.
“It is a basic car from the 1970s,” said Mr Belemore-Smith. “The condition is great, which is quite rare, and there are 100 left on the road.
“It will fetch between £14,000 and £16,000 at auction.”
The black 1979 Triumph Dolomite 1500 SE is expected to sell for a similar price.
Only 2,173 of these vehicles were produced by Triumph, and around 10 remain left on the roads today.
With just 79 miles on the clock, the car is a rare chance for a collector to buy a piece of motoring history.
“This is one of my favourites because it’s from the year I was born. It’s an unusual model – it has wood door capping and fluffy carpets,” said Mr Belemore-Smith.
“We hold a classic car auction twice a year. A couple of years ago we had an MG with 600 miles on the clock but we have never had cars with this sort of low mileage before.”
The Triumph also has it’s original tax disc.
“It was taxed by the dealer for four months and it cost £18.35.”
Other highlights in the auction include a 1988 Rover 213 which is just one of 12 on the road.
The car has had one owner from new and was a retirement present and, with just 3,000 miles on the clock, it is one of the rarest of its kind.
Car enthusiasts looking for a project will have the rare chance to buy a 1931 Fiat 509 which is in need of restoration.
The car, which is made from wood and coated in leather, has been kept in a barn for the past 30 years and is expected to fetch about £3,000 at the auction. Mr Belemore-Smith said they had received interest from as far afield as Italy.
The auction is on Saturday, September 28, from midday at East Anglian Motor Auctions in Copper Smith Way, Wymondham.