From the archive: Classic and vintage cars from over the years

Archive classic cars. Pictured: 1934 Alfa Romeo Canfor Coachworks Norwich. Date: 1963, Picture: EDP

Archive classic cars. Pictured: 1934 Alfa Romeo Canfor Coachworks Norwich. Date: 1963, Picture: EDP Library - Credit: Archant

Another collection of classic and vintage cars assembled by our photographers over the years forms this week's archive feature.

1 Mr BC Starr of Recreation Road, Norwich, poses in 1963 with his 1931 Austin 16/6 Gordon England Cabriolet. The car had been stored for 27 years and had done only 18,000 miles. Mr Starr spent about £145 renovating and respraying his car, which he thought was one of the best-preserved models of its kind in the country.

2 In another picture from 1963, a 1934 Alfa-Romeo has just been restored for a Stoke-on-Trent steam mill owner by Canfor Coachworks of Chapelfield North, Norwich. The work, which had cost around £800, included a new clutch and restored woodwork. The owner planned to replace the folding hood with a hard top. The car could reach a top speed of 80-90mph and was to be driven all the way from Norwich to Stoke-on-Trent.


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3 Another car restored by Canfor Coachworks in 1964 was this immaculate 1922 Hotchkiss Paris. It was a dilapidated wreck a few months before, having been found in a farmyard and inhabited by chickens. The car's accelerator pedal was located between the clutch and the brake and it boasted an imposing water thermometer on the top of the radiator.

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4 Mr GE Milligen of East Ruston Manor is seen here in 1965 with his 1922 Rolls-Royce which cost him £5,800, more than the price of a new model. The car was black with yellow wire wheels. A farmer, Mr Milligen had a collection of 28 old cars, some recently bought at JC Sword's dispersal auction in Scotland. Mr Milligen did all the specialist work on the instruments and electrical gear in his own workshop.

5 Pictured on Riverside Road, Norwich in April 1973 was this Morris ex-GPO van with its owner Mr FR Mutimer. The faithful old van was still in daily use 40 years after he first acquired it.

6 A 1933 Alvis with Richard Bodger of Wisbech at the wheel was photographed in 1973. It had lain unused in a barn for 20 years until he found it and it was due to be restored by a Thornham garage run by Bill Tolerton who specialised in the make. The car was deemed to be in remarkable condition despite its age, due to its aluminium body.

7 In 1975 Jack Adams was pictured at the wheel of a 1934 Alvis which he has just finished restoring. He had spent about £450 and more than 1,000 hours over two years, ably assisted by Jack Stringer, a retired boatbuilder. Mr Adams, a city optician, originally bought the Alvis together with another car for just £60.

8 In our picture from 1975, Barry Smedley poses beside his rebuilt 1927 Austin 12. The car had been burnt out in a garage fire at Old Costessey sixteen months before. He bought it for £270 and after restoration thought it might be worth about £3,000. In dry weather he planned to use it to travel from Hoveton to his workplace, Smedley's restaurant in Princes Street, Norwich.

9 Allen Watt takes the wheel of a 1936 Bentley open sports model sold at Watt Brothers dispersal auction at Aylsham in December 1987. It made £9,000 at the sale, where a Hispano Suiza HB5 Coupe de Ville was the day's main attraction. The garage was being wound up after 70 years to make way for a new Budgens supermarket.

10 A rare 1930s Daimler Benz 170V, which once belonged to Prince Frederick of Prussia, came up for auction at Costessey showground in November 1989. It was thought in its present condition it could fetch more than £25,000 and after restoration could be worth £¼million.

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