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Classic car sale raises nearly £700k for keen collector

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: September 11, 2012

A collection of classic cars and motorbikes that have been on show to the public at a small museum for the past ten years fetched more than two-thirds of a million pounds at auction

A collection of classic cars and motorbikes that have been on show to the public at a small museum for the past ten years fetched more than two-thirds of a million pounds at auction

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A collection of classic cars and motorbikes that have been on show to the public at a small museum for the past ten years fetched more than two-thirds of a million pounds at auction on Saturday.

The entire contents of the Exmoor Classic Car Museum, based at Porlock in Somerset, went under the hammer at a sale at Beaulieu in Hampshire on Saturday.

Some of the cars and motorbikes dated back to the 1920s, and by the end of the day, keen collector Stephen Johns had accumulated some £667,128.

Every lot in the collection of ten cars, 13 motorcycles and assorted automobilia sold, with the top lots a 1927 Bugatti Type 40 Roadster (£149,340), a 1972 Ferrari ‘Dino’ 246GTS Spider (£144,860), and a 1923 Rolls Royce 20hp Doctor’s Coupe (£57,500).

Mr Johns ran a pyjama manufacturer in Yorkshire before ‘retiring’ to Exmoor, opening his private collection to the public ten years ago. Now he is retiring for a second time, and so sold off the museum.

Jonathan Vickers, Bonhams motoring specialist for the West Country, said: “We were privileged to offer the collection for sale at Beaulieu and we were delighted to see it achieve the prices it did.”

The 1972 Ferrari ‘Dino’ 246GTS Spider (£144,860) takes pride of place in Stephen John’s museum. Left, a 1923 Rolls Royce 20hp Doctor’s Coupe (£57,500), right, a 1927 Bugatti Type 40 Tourer, and a 1948 DOT 125cc AA motorcycle truck

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