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27th September 2018.

Vehicles from vintage to modern art to come under the hammer in Tennants Auctioneers’ Motor Vehicles and Automobilia Sale on 7th October. The earliest up for auction is a splendid early 19th century coach built by Thrupp and Maberly. The coach, which is being sold with an estimate of £7,000-10,000 (plus buyer’s premium), belonged to the Chaloner family at Gisborough Hall, North Yorkshire, and once had the family’s crest emblazoned on the door. Thrupp and Maberly was a British coachbuilding business based in the West End of London; coach makers to Queen Victoria, they operated for more than two centuries.


From the early days of motorised vehicles, are two Austin Seven Chummy’s. The Austin "Seven" was introduced in 1922 and remained in production until 1939. Built at Longbridge, Birmingham, it was intended to provide affordable four-wheel transport for the working man and his family.  The earliest models had a 696cc engine and a three-speed crash gearbox, with a wheelbase of six feet three inches. It was available only as an open tourer with just enough room for two adults and two small children. This type of body was and is known as a "Chummy". An example from 1925 is being sold with an estimate of £10,000-13,000 (plus buyer’s premium), and an example from 1928 is being sold with an estimate of £6,000-8,000 (plus buyer’s premium).

Modern classics are well represented too, with a 1983 Alfa Romeo GTV, in for sale with an estimate of £11,000-13,000 (plus buyer’s premium). Based on the Type 116 Alfetta, the Giugiaro-penned Alfetta GT, later named GT Veloce and abbreviated to GTV turned an unremarkable saloon into a pretty, rakish coupe. It is often referred to as the prettiest Alfa since the early 1960s Guillietta, and holds firm as being one of the last of the true Alfa Romeo sports cars. This particular example, which is in superb condition, has low ownership with only two keepers on the log book, the current owner having taken possession in 1989.

Also up for auction are a good range of vintage and modern motorbikes, including a 1926 Triumph Model P, and a large selection of Automobilia including enamel signs, car mascots and much more. Two of the more unusual lots are 1930s style pedal cars; newly restored by Bikers of Leyburn, these two original cars starred in the 1983 stage production of Bugsy Malone at Her Majesty's Theatre in London's West End and are being sold with an estimate of £2,000-3,000 plus buyer’s premium each.

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