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Barn-found vehicles score at H&H sale at motorcycle museum


1912 Buick Model 35C Tourer emerges from barn | H&H Classics photos
1912 Buick Model 35C Tourer emerges from barn | H&H Classics photos

Highlighted by several barn-found vehicles, many from “time-capsule” collections, H&H Classics inaugural auction late last week at Britain’s National Motorcycle Museum produced sales of £872,000 ($983,590).

“Once in a while, doing what I do, you stumble across a collection which is pure magic,” Damian Jones, head of sales for H&H Classics, said of the Home Farm Collection in a news release.

“The contents of this horde could have met the vehicular needs of an entire village during the late 1930s from the squire downwards. The fact that many of the motorcycles and motorcars were still swathed in dust and cobwebs only added to the fascination of what can best be described as an automotive ‘time-capsule.’ True enthusiasts at the sale loved this collection.”

The collection included 11 motorcars and motorcycles and all of them sold, led by a 1912 Buick Model 35C Tourer that brought £12,937 ($16,700). Prices include buyer’s fees.

The top sale of the auction was a 1971 Jaguar E-type V12 coupe that brought £52,312 ($67,525). A 1938 Austin 20hp Mayfair limousine purchased new by the Fifth Marquess of Bath to carry Marina, Duchess of Kent, sold for £13,950 ($18,000).

1928 Indian Model 401
1928 Indian Model 401

Of 148 motorcycles in the sale, 75 percent sold, accounting for £472,000 ($609,000) and led by a 1928 Indian Model 401 that brought £52,000 ($67,125).

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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