Going for a song: the car with 20 miles on the clock

Auctioneer Tristram Belemore-Smith, with from left, the 1961 Triumph Herald, the 1978 Triumph Dolomi

Auctioneer Tristram Belemore-Smith, with from left, the 1961 Triumph Herald, the 1978 Triumph Dolomite, the 1979 Triumph Dolomite SE, and the 1988 Rover 213. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2013

Classic cars, including a Triumph Herald with only 20 miles on the clock, went under the hammer at an auction day with a difference.

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, on Saturday, 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 to go under the hammer, along with a 1977 Dolomite and 1979 Dolomite SE.

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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, 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.

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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.

Classic motorbikes were also sold at the auction.

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.'

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