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War veterans from battlefield to sale room

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: April 29, 2014

The highlight of a vehicle auction next month is perhaps the 1944 Universal (Bren Gun) Carrier with a Ford V8 engine, above top. Also featuring will be this 1943 Ford US Army Jeep,  in show condition and ready to drive away

The highlight of a vehicle auction next month is perhaps the 1944 Universal (Bren Gun) Carrier with a Ford V8 engine, above top. Also featuring will be this 1943 Ford US Army Jeep, in show condition and ready to drive away

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Collectors have a wonderful opportunity next month to acquire a piece of history dating back to the Second World War.

A sale at Higher Tregantle, Millbrook, Devon, on Saturday, May 17, starting at 11am, features several military vehicles which have won awards at vintage rallies and events nationwide. The highlight is perhaps the 1944 Universal (Bren Gun) Carrier with a Ford V8 engine. This rare vehicle was acquired in its original box ready to be shipped from Canada. It is to be sold complete with its original type transporter trailer and a genuine 290 miles on the clock.

Also of particular note is the 1952 Scammell Explorer recovery truck fitted with a modern 14 litre Cummings 250 engine. The buyer will also get all the original tools and handbooks included with both vehicles.

A soft-top sports car comes in the form of a 1943 Ford US Army Jeep, again in show condition and ready to drive away. The 1943 Chevrolet Radio Truck, another vehicle of significant interest, is complete with a rare 19 radio set, all tools and equipment, and has travelled less than 10,000 miles.

The long and varied auction list is a priority for the historical enthusiast.

Collector and retired farmer Bob White has spent many years restoring, rallying and, in the case of the tractors, working these vehicles in the course of his 24 years as a resident of South East Cornwall.

Bob has now reached an age where he wishes to pass on this wonderful collection to the next generation who will enjoy and care for items of historical interest for years to come.

Viewing is strictly on the morning of the sale only, from 9am. Call the heritage department at Kivells on 01409 253275 or visit kivells.com

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