Barn Find Auction | Rare & Vintage Vehicles

Friday, 12th April 2019
Landing Page Barn Find Auction

We are delighted to offer a dedicated collection, currently under the ownership of a private vendor. The collection is being sold due to relocation from Tunbridge Wells where the collection has been in long term barn storage.

The collection ranges from the rare vintage category through to the modern classic era, from the best of British through the American pre-war era to the much sought after iconic German brands.

There is something for everyone, from investor, to enthusiast. Most of these vehicles are being offered at auction with no reserve, giving bidders every chance to take on the legacy of this collection.


Dennis N Type Fire Engine | Estimate £30,000 – £40,000

This is one of only a handful of N Type Fire Engines still in existence. This example was manufactured in 1914 and was owned and run by Dennis for 5 years before it was purchased by the Folkestone Corporation in 1919 for the princely sum of £1,320 and entered service with the Folkestone Fire Brigade. The appliance was fitted with a Gwynne 3 stage turbine that could displace over 4,000 litres per minute, (that’s 880 gallons in old money!)

Leyland TSW 14T “Hippo” with Tanker Body | Estimate £13,000 – £18,000 – No Reserve

GK0 531 fist entered service during the early period of the Second World War and was supplied to Johnson Brothers Aylesford Ltd, whose name is still borne on the side of the tanker body. It was purchased by the vendor’s father in 1961 and subsequently went into the ownership of another party in 1979. The vehicle re-entered the collection in December 2005 when it was purchased from the West of England Transport Collection based in Exeter.

Dodge Pick Up Truck with Tipper Body and Manual Hoist | Estimate £4,000 – £8,000 – No Reserve

We are pleased to offer a rare example of an early Dodge Truck with a tipper body to include a manual hoist. Not much is known about its early life and was discovered in an orchard in the village of Voutenay-Sur-Cure, France. The vendor found it in a derelict condition and repatriated back to the UK in 2010. The extensive photograph file details its condition at the time of purchase, but the potential can be readily seen. It is currently in a dismantled state.

Morris Minor 1000 Traveller | Estimate £1,500 – £3,000 – No Reserve

KCB 95G entered the collection in 1997. Since its arrival the vehicle has been dry stored and left untouched by the vendor. Some work to the interior has been carried out prior, mainly to the interior where the seats have been re-upholstered, and carpets replaced. Finished in red it complements the white exterior.

Mercedes 250 Auto Saloon | Estimate £20,000 – £24,000 – No Reserve

It isn’t very often that example like GKL 245L come to the open market. When the vehicle’s dust cover was lifted off it was clear we were looking at something quite special.

This vehicle was originally supplied by European Autos (Kent) Ltd and as been in the ownership of the same family from new and the vendor confirms that the odometer reading of just 16,100 is correct. It was originally registered to the vendor’s father and passed over to the vendor in 2005.The bodywork is in excellent condition and compliments the green interior. A fine example of the sought after W114 variant.

Mercedes E250D Elegance Auto Saloon | Estimate £3,000 – £5,000 – No Reserve

MFP 100W was originally supplied by Rose and Young, Redhill and has been owned by the vendor from new who confirms that it has completed just 36,770 miles from new.

The bodywork is fully commensurate with age and mileage and has not been subject to any repairs or refurbishment from new. The engine started easily and gearbox selection fully in keeping with the Mercedes heritage. The Ruby Red exterior and cream leather suit the vehicle very well. We recognise the vehicle has not been used for many years and the battery was flat and the charge warning light was illuminated but is the only issue we have recorded. It even comes with it’s original over mats and the cherished number is sold with the vehicle.


The sale is being offered from our Marchington hub which is ideally situated in the Midlands near Uttoxeter in Staffordshire and has excellent road and rail links.

As part of our commitment to interested parties we are offing three viewing days: –
Monday 15th April 10.00 am to 2.00pm
Bank Holiday Good Friday 19th April   10.00am to 2.00pm
Bank Holiday Easter Monday 10.00am to 2.00pm

We can offer private viewings strictly by appointment on other days, please get in touch to arrange this.
Lee Mabbutt (AAE MIMI) Head of Vehicles – [email protected]

The sale is being carried out on our electronic auction platform where bidders will need to register and pay a fully refundable £200 deposit, the details are which are on-line on our registration page. The vehicles are not subject to Commercial VAT. All lots sold in this auction are subject to a buyer’s premium of 20% which is subject to VAT and will be added to the final hammer price. 

The auction will conclude at 12.00 midday Thursday 25th April with payment in full required by 4.00pm Monday 29th April and collections completed by close of business Tuesday 30th April. Any late collections will incur storage charges as set out in our terms and conditions of sale. Please ensure you have read our Terms and Conditions in full, taking special note of our terms regarding the Basis of Sale. Whilst we have taken every care regarding descriptions the lots are sold as seen and we are not responsible for any mis-descriptions made and our description is an opinion and not binding. Therefore, it is important to view the lots and the paperwork before bidding to ensure accuracy and validity.

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