Rust & Chrome: Buyers turn out for rare VW Camper in need of total renovation and gleaming car masco

Tennants’ sales of Vintage Motorvehicles and Automobilia always draw in crowds of motoring enthusiasts, and the sale on Saturday 25th March was no exception. With the lots on offer ranging from highly collectable enamel advertising signs to vintage Rolls-Royces, the sale appealed to a wide spectrum of buyers.

However, it was a heavily rusted shell of a Volkswagen Campervan that drew the most attention, both before and during the sale. Despite first appearances, this was a very rare 1960 Split Screen 23 Window Samba campervan, which sold for a hammer price of £23,000 against an estimate of £15,000-20,000. Volkswagen first introduced the campervan in 1950, and it has since gone on to achieve near-cult status remaining much in demand today. Of particular appeal to camper connoisseurs, this example retained its original VIN and chassis number, and M-codes which revealed that it was originally supplied to Ramsgate.

A good private collection formed the basis for a fine selection of car mascots in the sale; decorative and appealing, Art Deco glass and chrome mascots from the 20s and 30s sold particularly well. The top lot was a figure of Medusa kneeling on a rock, made in the 1920s by French sculptor G. Piotvin, which sold for £1,200 against an estimate of £400-600.

Elsewhere in the sale, good prices were achieved for vintage Rolls-Royces, such as a 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III, which sold for £25,000. Vintage motorcycles, too, performed well; a 1949 Douglas Mark III made £3,200, and a 1937 Carlton 125cc made £3,500.  However, the top lot of the sale was a 2016 Onyx EB37 Bugatti Recreation, which sold for £28,000.

The sale resulted in a total Hammer Price of £246,190, with 80% of the 191 lots sold.

We are currently accepting lots for the next sale of Vintage Motorvehicles & Automobilia on 15th July, please contact us on 01969 623780 or for details.