A Jaguar has 51,000 on the clock and a 1922 Morris Bullnose was discovered in Repton
Two rare classic cars discovered after decades hidden in a barn used for storage are put up for auction. A 1960 manual Jaguar 2.4 Mark II was new and has just 51,000 miles on the odometer and a 1922 Morris Bullnose, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, was discovered under tarpaulins in an outhouse.
Now the cars, found near Repton, South Derbyshire, both are ready to go under the hammer. The Jaguar, lot 554, has an estimate of £20,000 to £30,000, while the Morris, lot 555, has a indicative price £15,000 to £20,000.
The vehicles will be auctioned by the firm Etwall Hansons Auctioneers Artwork Sale tomorrow, Thursday March 31. Steve Fulford, expert at Hansons, said: “The Jaguar is in remarkable original condition considering its age. The interior is excellent with superb walnut finish and black leather seats with red piping. It is sold with its original sales invoice and complete tool kit.
“The Morris Bullnose is another rare vintage car in its original condition. It has been well maintained by the sellers family and comes with its 1963 receipt. It has had three owners since registration in July 1922. Now, it has been returned to service, it seems In fact, both cars look sensational The dust and grime from storage has been replaced with a gleaming shine.
The vehicles, which have sparked national interest, are on display at Geoff Cox’s showroom in Denby, Derbyshire. And the man to thank for buying them in the first place – and taking such good care of them – was the late Peter McManus.
Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons Auctioneers, said: “Peter was a car enthusiast who treasured and cared for his cars, as did his son and daughter who inherited them.
“Finds like this in their original condition, carefully stored in a clean, dry outbuilding, don’t come around often. According to Peter’s children, cars represent family togetherness and happy memories.
“Peter bought the Jaguar new in 1960 but only ever used it on Bank Holidays and Bank Holidays including some New Years trips to Scotland hence the low mileage. Even though it has been to Scotland , it was neatly stored while they were there. The family took two cars for the trips north. Dad drove the Jag while the sellers mother followed in the Mini family.
“Its garage companion was the Bullnose Morris. It was sold by GH Robbins of Evesham in 1922 and registered in July of the same year. Mr. Robbins bought it back in 1939 and kept it until his death in the 1960s. In 1963, it was purchased by Pierre.
“He liked its simplicity and ease of use. His children say people used to smile and wave at them when they were out. They remember their father driving them to a candy store in Rocester, Staffordshire, to buy sherbet fountains and sunny picnics in Derbyshire and Staffordshire.The Bullnose was also used as a wedding car when the car enthusiast’s daughter was married.
“It will be an honor to celebrate Peter’s love of cars at auction. Although born in Rhyl, Wales, in 1923, his family was from Shardlow, Derbyshire, and his grandfather had a butcher shop in Kegworth, Leicestershire. Peter undertook an engineering apprenticeship in Derby and during WW2 worked on Merlin engines at Rolls-Royce. He died aged 94 in 2017 .”